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Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 26, 2020 at 10:23 am
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Test Methodology v0.8
6.7
Mixed usage
6.8
Gaming
2.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.0
Office
6.9
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard is a basic gaming keyboard. It uses rubber dome switches, which don't offer the same tactile feedback as mechanical switches found on most gaming keyboards. It's full-size with six extra macro keys, and since each key is macro programmable, it can still be customized how you like. The keys are stable, but they feel heavy to type on and it could get tiring using this keyboard. It has zone-lit RGB lighting if you want to use it in the dark, but you can't change the lighting on a per-key basis. It's a good keyboard for casual gamers, but it might disappoint some more serious gamers.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed usage

The K55 is decent for mixed usage. It uses rubber dome switches that feel heavy to type on and don't give the same tactile feedback as mechanical switches. However, you can customize it how you like for gaming or programming since each key is macro programmable on this full-size keyboard. It has zone-lit RGB backlighting so, unfortunately, you can't change the lighting on a per-key basis. However, it comes with a comfortable wrist rest, and it's quiet for use in an office environment.

6.8 Gaming

The Corsair K55 is decent for gaming. The rubber dome switches have a good amount of actuation force and pre-travel distance that might be too high for some serious gamers. It has zone-lit RGB lighting, each key is macro programmable, and there are also six extra macro keys.

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2.2 Mobile/Tablet

The K55 RGB keyboard can't be used wirelessly.

7.0 Office

Alright for office use. The keys feel heavy to type on and it could get tiring, but they feel stable and there's decent space between each one which helps reduce typos. The K55 has good ergonomics and it comes with a comfortable wrist rest, and it's quiet to type on, which is great for an office environment.

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6.9 Programming

The K55 is okay for programming. Each key is macro programmable and it has zone-lit backlighting. The typing quality is mediocre and it could get tiring typing on it, but it has good ergonomics and comes with a comfortable wrist rest.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 6.7 Mixed usage
  • 6.8 Gaming
  • 2.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.0 Office
  • 6.9 Programming
Pros
  • Every key is macro programmable.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Zone-lit RGB lighting.
  • Keys feel heavy to type on.

Check Price

Black K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard
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Newegg.com

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)
Width 18.9" (48.0 cm)
Depth 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Weight 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

Since it's a full-size keyboard, the K55 takes up a good amount of space, but you can make it smaller by removing the wrist rest.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Okay build quality. It's entirely made out of plastic, and although there's a decent amount of flex to it, it feels solid, similar to the Corsair K68 RGB. The keycaps are ABS and feel stable, but the keys feel soft and mushy when you press them.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest Detachable

Good ergonomics. There's one incline setting and it comes with a detachable wrist rest.

6.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
No

Ordinary backlighting. Unlike the K68 RGB, it has a zone-lit backlight and you can't customize the RGB lighting on each key. You can change the brightness settings between 'Off', 'Low', 'Medium', and 'High' directly on the keyboard itself.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

It comes with a long cable, so you shouldn't have any issues reaching your computer.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This keyboard can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

This keyboard has quite a few extra features. All keys are macro programmable, including the media keys, except the Windows Key Lock, which can be programmed to do one of four functions. Also, there are six dedicated macro keys on the left side.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Manual
  • Warranty

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
41.9 gf
Pre-Travel
2.73 mm
Total Travel
4.05 mm

Unlike the mechanical switches on the K68 RGB, this keyboard has rubber dome switches. They have a noticeable bump before the actuation point, which offers some tactile feedback, although they are a bit mushy. They require a good amount of force and the pre-travel distance is fairly high, especially for a gaming keyboard.

6.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Mediocre typing quality. The keys feel soft and mushy and with such a high actuation force and a fairly high pre-travel distance, it could get tiring typing on this keyboard. Fortunately, the keys are fairly stable and there's a decent distance between them to help reduce typos. If you want a gaming keyboard with a much better typing quality, then check out the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

As is the case with most rubber dome switches, this is a quiet keyboard that shouldn't bother people around you.

Software and Operating System
7.5
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name iCUE
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Corsair iCue software offers a good amount of customization options for this keyboard. Each key is macro programmable and you can change the RGB zone lighting through the software. Corsair claims this keyboard has on-board memory, but it didn't work for us.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The K55 has decent compatibility. It's only fully compatible with a Windows computer, and on macOS, the Scroll Lock and Pause Break buttons didn't work. On Linux, all keys worked except the Stop, Skip Forward/Back, and the Play/Pause buttons.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Corsair K55 is only available in black with rubber dome switches. The Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard is a wireless version of the K55 with individually lit keys. If you come across a different variant of the K55 or if yours doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review.

Compared to other keyboards

The Corsair K55 is a budget keyboard that doesn't match up to some higher-end mechanical gaming keyboards. However, it performs similarly to some of its competitors, such as the SteelSeries Apex 3 and the Razer Cynosa Chroma. Also check out our recommendations for best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard is much better than the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. Each key is macro programmable, it has a dedicated software, zone-lit RGB backlighting, and the ergonomics are much better. Although the HyperX also uses rubber dome switches, they require much less actuation force, so it's less tiring typing on this keyboard.

SteelSeries Apex 3
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The SteelSeries Apex 3 is much better than the Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard. They both have rubber dome switches, but the typing quality is much better on the Apex 3 because it requires much less actuation force. The Apex 3 also has a significantly better build quality than the K55.

Razer Cynosa Chroma
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard is a bit better than the Razer Cynosa Chroma. They both use rubber dome switches that have very similar pre-travel distance and actuation force, so the typing quality between them is the same. However, the K55 comes with a wrist rest for better ergonomics, while the Cynosa has individually lit keys.

Corsair K68 RGB
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Corsair K68 RGB is much better than the Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard. It uses mechanical switches, providing better tactile feedback for an improved gaming experience and better typing quality. Each key on the K68 is individually lit, while the K55 is zone lit. Since the K55 uses rubber dome switches, it's quieter to use in an office environment.

Logitech G910 Orion Spark
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Logitech G910 Orion Spark is better than the Corsair K55 RGB for most uses. The G910's Romer-G switches provide a much better typing experience than the rubber domes on the K55. The keys on the G910 are individually-lit rather than zone-lit and its customization software offers a cloud sync option, which the K55 doesn't. On the other hand, the K55 comes with a wrist rest.

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