We've been waiting for a perfect way to control a PC from the couch: Controllers are difficult on a desktop user interface and a mouse, and clutter-free cluttered desktops. The K83 from Corsair wants to combine both.
This interesting wireless keyboard contains some of the things we've already seen on media boards, like a right-side touchpad mouse with left and right buttons and media controls. But there are also a few secrets to hide: on the top corner of each page are large "L" and "R" keys that resemble a Super Nintendo controller, and the right side has a full pen. Wireless, as is standard with these designs, is offered via a 2.4 GHz USB dongle or Bluetooth. It is available today at Amazon for $ 1
But do not hurry to spend your hard-earned dollars on this thing right way. Initial reactions from sites like Tom's Guide and Engadget are mixed, indicating that the K83 has no gaming-style programmable layouts and that the backlight is a simple, two-layer white LED. Membrane keys are also used instead of the long available flat mechanical keys. The gaming-style shoulder buttons and joystick are not particularly useful when using the keyboard and mouse as the keyboard and mouse, nor can they give the feel of a simple controller.
The K83 is a pretty decent media keyboard, but there are cheaper options that work well with typing and mouse. For extremely simple games this may be desirable, but for a convergence input device, $ 100 is a big question, with dedicated controllers now available for each platform.
Source: The Verge