Corsair unveils $ 100 Touchbar-like iCue Nexus to control its PC

Corsair is launching a new peripheral to enhance the functionality of your PC. The Corsair iCue Nexus is a long, thin screen that can sit behind your keyboard or on a desk. It connects to Corsair’s iCue software, and enables you to view important statistics about the operation of your computer. But like the touch bar on Apple’s MacBook, you can also add touch buttons to activate certain functions.

The iCue Nexus is launching soon for $ 100.

As the branding suggests, the Nexus is primarily meant to interact with Corsair’s Overtching IQ software. The company, for example, uses iCue to monitor its peripherals and adjust RGB lighting. And that means you can easily control the lighting from the Corsair Viruoso’s mute function or the Nexus of the K70 keyboard. But while it works best if you’re already deep into the Corsair ecosystem, its utility is not limited to compatibility with the company’s products.

The iCue Nexus can also act like a stream deck from Elgato Gaming, a subsidiary of Corsair. You can set up to six custom touch buttons to do anything. You can open specific apps such as discs, Netflix, or Steam, or you can set up media controls. Nexus also supports macros, which is when you program a series of inputs into a button. And because the screen is dynamic, you can create unique macros for various games and programs.

But even if it works beyond Corsair’s ecosystem, I’m curious if it’s worth it for someone who’s on Logitech or Razor.