Fedora + Corsair K70 quirks

This will be an ongoing post of some of the quirks I run into using this new keyboard with Fedora.

  1. Turning the backlight LEDs off seems to behave like pressing F5. If I turn the LEDs off when a browser window is active, the browser ends up doing a refresh.
  2. Trying to assign keyboard shortcuts in Gnome Settings/Keyboard, I can’t seem to get it to do any key combinations with the Super/Windows key. Not sure if I’m just missing something or what.
  3. Interestingly enough, KDE recognizes the Super/Windows key as Meta.

New keyboard

I’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of mechanical keyboards and replaced my long time workhorse Logitech Wave keyboard with a Corsair K70 (non-RGB) keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches.

It’s a pretty nice keyboard to type on, and I’m finding the keys need much less force to actuate than the keys on the old Wave keyboard do.

Each of the keys is individually lit with a red LED, which just happens to match one of the red LED fans in the computer case. There are 4 brightness levels for the LEDs from Off to full brightness.

The palm rest included could be a little bigger for my taste, but does the job. Grippy rubber feet on the bottom combined with the weight of the keyboard keep it from moving around much on the desk.

The cord is pretty beefy and has a fabric covering on it. At the computer end it splits into two USB connectors for the keyboard and a pass-through for the USB port on the keyboard.

The keyboard can be set to have all the keys light up or to a custom pattern that’s pretty easy to do right at the keyboard.

One of the issues I had with the Logitech Wave keyboard was that a lot of the special function keys were just invisible to Fedora. While this keyboard doesn’t have a lot of special keys, the ones it does have for media control seemed to work right out of the box without me having to configure anything.

Quite pleased with the keyboard so far.