How to: Connect and Configure Your K83 Wireless

By Kevin Galloway, on 14. März 2019

So you got your hands on the awesome new CORSAIR K83 Wireless. Sure, it looks and feels amazing, but you bought it because you want the best in media control for home entertainment. We’re going to help you set it up so you can kick back and relax knowing you’ve got all your media at your fingertips.


Initial Setup: Out of the Box

Out of the box, your K83 Wireless and the included USB dongle are already paired together, so you can use it as soon as you plug the dongle in to your PC and turn the keyboard on, but there are a few things you should know. First, you’ll want to make sure to fully charge the keyboard. Next, in order to the install the proper drivers and ensure you have the latest firmware, you need to plug both the dongle and keyboard into open USB ports on a PC. For the keyboard, connect using the included USB cable.

Once the drivers are installed and firmware is up to date, you can disconnect the USB cable from the keyboard and PC. Now, you should see a “Touchpad” section in Windows Settings > Devices, which will offer some customization. However, for finer adjustment, our powerful iCUE software is the perfect tool to tailor the K83 Wireless exactly how you want it.

Lastly, since the K83 Wireless is such a versatile device, it’s likely that you’ll want to use it to control media devices like an Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. If you just want to connect to your favorite media device, move to the next section – Basic Setup. If you want to do some advanced configurations, see the Advanced Setup section further down.


Basic Setup: Connecting K83 Wireless to Various Devices

Bluetooth Pairing Mode:
The K83 Wireless can store two different Bluetooth connections which makes it incredibly easy to use it with multiple devices. To use Bluetooth mode, you must first pair the K83 Wireless to your media device. To do this, hold Fn+F6 or Fn+F7 depending on which connection you want to pair. If you used F6, the LED near the Esc key will flash blue, and if you used F7, it will flash cyan.

Switching Between Devices:
To switch between bluetooth or 2.4GHz, simply press F5, F6, or F7 without the Fn key. The color of the LED near the Esc key will change to white, blue, or cyan, respectively, depending on the connection.


Amazon Fire TV

  • Open “Settings” then navigate to “Controllersand Bluetooth Devices” and select “Other Bluetooth Devices”
  • Click “Add Bluetooth Devices”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices
  • Your Amazon Fire TV and K83 Wireless should nowbe connected

Android Mobile Devices

  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Open Android Bluetooth settings
    • Some devices may require clicking “Pair new device” or something along those lines
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Type the PIN code on the K83 Wireless, then press enter
  • Your Android Device and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Android has a built-in cursor, so you can navigate with the joystick or touchpad immediately

Note: The built-in Android physical keyboard settings show keyboard shortcuts for the operating system and app operations.


Apple TV

  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Open Apple TV settings, then navigate to “Remotesand Devices”
  • Select “Bluetooth”
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices
  • If Apple TV might requests that you enter a fourdigit code/PIN, do so
  • Your Apple TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnected

Nvidia Shield TV

  • Open Shield TV settings, then navigate to the “Remotes& Accessories” section
  • Select “Add Accessory”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices
  • Your Shield TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnected

Samsung Smart TV

  • Open “Settings” then navigate to “System” andselect “Input Device Manager”
  • Select “Add Bluetooth Keyboard & Gamepad”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices
  • Select “Pair and connect”
  • Click “OK” once the connection has been made
  • Your Samsung Smart TV and K83 Wireless are nowconnected

Note: Due to the number of different models of Samsung TVs, these instructions may differ for your specific model


Advanced Setup: Configuring your K83 Wireless with iCUE

Once iCUE and the device drivers are installed, open the software. With iCUE, you can configure many different aspects of the K83 Wireless, everything from remapping keys to adjusting touchpad sensitivity. You can also update the firmware to keep the device current and working as smoothly as possible.

  • Device Settings
    • At the top of the iCUE window, the Settings tab will open global settings for all iCUE enabled devices on your system
    • Clicking the K83 Wireless icon will display information about your K83 Wireless, such as battery level and brightness, but also gives options such as a configurable auto shutoff, auto LED shutoff, enabling custom gestures, etc.
    • If you need to re-pair your K83 Wireless to the USB dongle
      • Put it into 2.4GHz pairing mode by holding Fn + F5 until the LED near the Esc key begins to blink white
      • Once the LED is blinking, click the “Initiate Pairing” button in iCUE and wait until the keyboard connects

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the Settings section, click anywhere outside the Device Settings window to go back to the main iCUE window, then find and click on the device tile for the K83 Wireless.

On the left side of the window, there are six (6) sections: Actions, Gestures, Lighting Effects, Calibration, Navigation Control, and Performance. Each of these gives you the ability to configure different aspects of the K83 Wireless. Read on to learn about them!


  • Actions
    • Set custom actions for any of the standard keyboard keys, such as macros, remaps, and more
      • Click the “+” button to add a new action to the list
      • Use the drop-down menu to select what action you want a key to perform, then configure the settings for that action
      • Select one of the keys on the image of the K83 Wireless to to use for selected action

  • Gestures
    • To enable custom gestures in iCUE, click Settings at the top of the iCUE window, then click the “K83 Wireless” icon
    • Next, click the checkbox for “Enable Gestures Customization”
    • Now, navigate back to the main iCUE screen. On the left, you’ll see many options for gestures.
    • By default, all the gestures shown are activated, but use the Windows default actions for these gestures
      • To change the action a gesture will perform, select the desired gesture on the left. Then, using the dropdown menu, select one of the actions to perform

  • Lighting Effects
    • With Lighting Effects, you can set the brightness of your K83’s backlight, as well as select between no effect, static color, or pulse

  • Calibration
    • The calibration option is specifically for the joystick and can help ensure you have a consistent experience when using it. To calibrate, make sure you’re not touching the joystick, then click “Begin Recalibration.”

  • Navigation Control
    • Navigation control allows you to adjust settings for the navigation inputs, like touchpad pointer speed and joystick sensitivity.

  • Performance
    • Under the performance tab, you can select what behavior you want from the F-Lock button, whether that’s disabling the Windows key, touchpad, etc.

Now that you’re all connected, what are you waiting for? Watch your favorite show, browse the web, play a game! Whatever it is you plan to do, the K83 Wireless will be the perfect companion for your home entertainment setup. If you have any other questions, suggestions, or comments, join us on our community forums, Discord Server, or Reddit. Thanks!


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