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Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Apr 02, 2020 at 08:00 am
Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard Picture
8.2
Mixed usage
9.0
Gaming
8.1
Mobile/Tablet
7.5
Office
8.4
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
No

The Corsair k83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a somewhat unique multimedia keyboard that's designed to be used comfortably with a Smart TV while sitting on the couch. It has a built-in trackpad on the right side of the keyboard, and also has a joystick in the top right, with left/right mouse click buttons on the rear, so you can navigate your PC or Smart TV while holding the keyboard with one hand. It feels quite premium overall and offers a good typing experience. The keyboard has a white backlight, and its companion software allows you to customize the lighting as well as key macros on both Windows and macOS.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed usage

The Corsair K83 is a great keyboard for mixed usage. It's small enough to take around with you, and you can easily pair it to two different Bluetooth devices, as well as to its USB receiver. It's good for office and programming use thanks to its good typing quality, and it's quite well-built overall.

9.0 Gaming

While the Corsair K83 isn't designed for gaming, its keys have a very light actuation force with low pre-travel. It feels quite well-built overall, and it doesn't take up too much space on a desk. Corsair's iCUE software allows for a good amount of customization, and you can set key macros as well as customize its backlighting, which is great.

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8.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a great keyboard for mobile use. It can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device, and all the main typing keys will work on iOS or iPadOS, while every key works on Android. It's fairly small and lightweight, though it isn't pocketable like some other keyboards designed to work with phones.

7.5 Office

The Corsair K83 is a good office keyboard. It's nice and quiet, so you shouldn't bother coworkers around you, and its scissor switches are light enough to not cause fatigue after typing all day. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are only decent as it doesn't have adjustable incline settings.

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8.4 Programming

The Corsair K83 is an impressive programming keyboard. Its scissor-switch keys provide a good typing experience that shouldn't cause fatigue after long coding sessions. The entire keyboard is backlit, and you can set macros within the software, as well as customize the lighting options. Finally, the keyboard works well with every major OS.

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  • 8.2 Mixed usage
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 8.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.5 Office
  • 8.4 Programming
Pros
  • Well-built and premium design.
  • Trackpad and joystick allow for multiple different input options.
  • Multi-device pairing.
  • Good typing quality.
Cons
  • Spacebar of our unit makes strange squeaking sound.
  • No incline settings.

Check Price

Black K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard
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Amazon.com

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width 15.0" (38.0 cm)
Depth 4.9" (12.4 cm)
Weight 1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)

The Corsair K83 Wireless is similar in size to most TKL keyboards, or other entertainment keyboards, like the AmazonBasics K4R. While the keyboard itself is about 0.8" thick, the joystick on the upper right-hand side sticks up to 1.1". Overall, it's small enough to use connected to a smart TV on your couch.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Corsair K83 Wireless is great. It looks and feels similar to the Logitech MX Keys and is made from a mix of metal and dense plastic. The keys, joystick, trackpad, and volume roller all feel solid and don't wobble too much. The space bar of our unit had a strange, tight feel to it that created an almost vacuum feel and a small squeak when being pressed. On certain presses, it felt like air was being forced out of the space around the key itself. We aren't sure if this is by design or an issue with our specific unit. If you own this keyboard and have experienced this, let us know in the discussions.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics of the Corsair K83 are decent. It's a straight board with no included wrist rest, though its flat, low-profile design means you likely won't need one. Unfortunately, it sits at a permanent slant and has no incline settings.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color White
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The backlighting of the K83 is outstanding. While it doesn't have RGB settings, each key is individually backlit with a white light. You can also adjust the brightness on the keyboard itself, or within the included software. There are also LED lights surrounding the trackpad, which is a nice touch.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Micro USB

This keyboard can be used wirelessly or with a micro USB cable, which also charges the keyboard while you use it.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Multi-Device Pairing
3
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The Corsair K83 Wireless has exceptional wireless versatility. It has a rechargeable battery and can be connected to two Bluetooth devices, as well as one device via its proprietary USB receiver all at once. This allows you to quickly switch between three machines, like a laptop, TV, and phone.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
Trackpad, Wheel, and Joystick
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes

The Corsair K83 is a unique media keyboard with a ton of various inputs and controls. It has a trackpad on the right-hand side with left/right-click buttons below it, so you can easily move a cursor on a Home Theatre PC or Smart TV from your couch. There's also a unique joystick in the top right corner, with left/right-click buttons on the upper-right rear of the keyboard which can be used instead of the traditional trackpad. To the left of the joystick, there's a volume scroller, and the F keys double as media control hotkeys.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair K83 keyboard
  • USB receiver
  • Micro USB cable
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
33.4 gf
Pre-Travel
1.44 mm
Total Travel
2.31 mm

The Corsair K83 uses tactile scissor switches that feel similar to other scissor-switch keyboards, like the Microsoft Surface Keyboard, but with a much lighter actuation force.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality of this keyboard is good. Overall, the keys feel a little bit mushier than other scissor-switch keyboards, and it doesn't feel as good as some other premium keyboards, like the Apple Magic Keyboard, or the Logitech MX Keys. The spacebar of our unit squeaks and feels like air is being pushed out of it while being pressed. While it shouldn't be an issue while typing, it's still noticeable and creates a sort of vacuum effect. Let us know in the discussions if you own this keyboard and have noticed this, as we aren't sure if this is by design or an issue with our specific unit. If you want a mechanical keyboard to do some gaming on your home theater PC, check out the Corsair K63 Wireless. It has a companion lapboard that makes it much easier to game while on the couch, though it's sold separately.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

This keyboard is very quiet, though the squeaking sound coming from the spacebar can be fairly loud at times.

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 K83 is compatible with Corsair's iCUE software. This allows you to create multiple profiles and customize the lighting to be solid white, any shade of gray, or even to create a pulsing light pattern. You can also set macros to almost every key on the keyboard, and the software works on both Windows and macOS, which is great.

9.1
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

Corsair's software can be installed on both Windows and macOS, so this keyboard is fully compatible with both of those operating systems. While the keyboard works fully with Linux and Android, there's no software available to customize it. On iOS and iPadOS there's no software and, while all the alphanumeric keys work, some of the extra controls, like the function keys or media controls, don't.

Compared to other keyboards

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a good keyboard to use on the couch while connected to a Smart TV. It's similar to the AmazonBasics K4R but looks and feels much more premium overall. Check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for writers.

Logitech MX Keys
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B&H

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech MX Keys but is designed for a different use. The Corsair has a built-in trackpad which makes it great to use on the couch while connected to a Smart TV. Its software is better than the Logitech's as it allows you to program the backlighting as well as set macro keys. On the other hand, the Logitech provides a better typing experience and is a full-sized keyboard with a numpad.

ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO
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Amazon.com

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard and the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO are both very good keyboards designed for different uses. The Corsair K83 is a wireless scissor-switch keyboard with a built-in trackpad designed to use while sitting on your couch. Meanwhile, the Vulcan 120 is a wired gaming keyboard with mechanical switches meant to stay on a desk within a gaming setup. They both feel very well-made and have excellent backlighting, but the typing experience on the Vulcan 120 is a little bit better thanks to its mechanical switches. On the other hand, the Corsair has better compatibility with a wide range of operating systems.

Microsoft Surface Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a better keyboard than the Microsoft Surface Keyboard. The Corsair has customizable backlighting, rechargeable batteries, a trackpad and joystick for cursor control, and companion software for customization. On the other hand, the Surface Keyboard feels more premium and has a slightly better typing quality.

iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08
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Amazon.com

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a better wireless keyboard with a built-in trackpad than the iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08. The Corsair feels better-built, has slightly better ergonomics, has customizable backlighting, can be used wired, offers a better typing experience, and has companion software. On the other hand, the iClever is better for taking around with you, thanks to its foldable design.

AmazonBasics K4R
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Amazon.com

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a better multimedia keyboard than the AmazonBasics K4R. The Corsair looks and feels much more premium, has backlighting, and can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at once, as well as to its USB receiver. It also provides a better typing experience, and has dedicated companion software. On the other hand, if you're looking for an inexpensive way to add a keyboard to your Smart TV, the AmazonBasics is more budget-friendly.

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