A Closer Look
The K40 comes hard-wired with a durable USB cable and a custom moulded red USB connection.
The keyboard is nicely laid out overall and short of a few minor tweaks and changes, it does look like the much more expensive Corsair Mechanical Keyboards, even mimicking (from a distance) the brushed aluminium effect of the more expensive models.
Unfortunately this keyboard isn’t made of brushed aluminium, it features a plastic chassis that actually feels a little cheap to the touch, but still overall pretty durable.
The black key caps are contrasted with some silver coloured caps on the WASD keys.
As well as on the UDLR keys, obviously highlighting the most common used keys for any PC gamer.
Up in the top right of the keyboard you’ll find dedicated multimedia keys, which is a very welcome feature at this price range.
Equally impressive inclusion is the macro recording and profile switching keys in the top left.
Down the left side you’ll find six dedicated macro keys, perfect for deploying complex commands in the heat of battle, or more practical solutions such as Photoshop shortcuts.
The mechanical “look” of this keyboard is done by putting the membrane keys on what I can only think of calling stilts, they’re raised quite high from the chassis of the keyboard.
The rubber dome is triggered by the long stem under the key cap. The caps are fully removable and this is certainly a big win for those who like to strip down and clean their keyboard.
Around the back you’ll not find anything of interest, just the hard-wired USB cable contact point.
The underside of the keyboard features four rubber grips and two flip-out feet.
The feet are pretty standard, but more than enough for raising the angle of the board a little, giving a better hand resting position.