Corsair K60, K65, K70, K95 Keyboard Review

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Corsair, a famous brand for gaming gears, also makes top quality keyboards.

Corsair Vengeance K60

Corsair K60 keyboard
Corsair K60 keyboard. (The orange buttons are add-on key-caps for gamers). amazon

This is EXCELLENT in quality, but some points are not so good.

First, the 2 major bad things:

Bad Points

  1. One common complain is that the key labels wears off easily.
  2. The following keys use rubber dome switch: F1F12, Esc, PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, ⌦ Delete, ↖ Home, ↘ End, ⇞ Page △, ⇟ Page ▽.

This keyboard is really heavy. It doesn't have fancy features or extra keys, but the most important aspect of keyboard, the key mechanism, is top-notch.

The key switch mechanism is Cherry MX Red. (linear feel, no click, light press) 〔➤ Guide to Computer Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

The keyboard is also of the highest quality. The keyboard's chassis is actually brush aluminum. Real metal. (you can crack a skull with it)

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“Corsair Vengeance K60 Review”
Corsair keyboard cable
Corsair keyboard braided cable.

It seems to require 2 USB ports. However, the keyboard also has a USB port (pass-thru, not hub). According to their tech support post on amazon, the second USB is for the purpose of the pass-thru port.

Corsair K60 keyboard back
The back of the keyboard, showing the USB port, and the Windows Lock key (it prevents the ❖ Win key from activation.).

The 20 Key Roll-over (20KRO) on USB is quite interesting. A normal PC keyboard has problem registering certain combination of 3 or more keys held down simultaneously. Majority of USB-based gaming keyboard, has special circuitry so that they can register 6 keys simultaneously. But 6 is the typical maximum, due to USB protocol. Here, they took care of this issue, and allows 20 key key-rollover over USB. 〔➤ Keyboard Ghosting; How Many Keys Your Keyboard Can Take?

Love the drum roller sound level controller.

Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Keyboard

The K65 is compact. No number pad. No sound level control wheel. No multimedia keys.

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“Corsair Vengeance k65 Mechanical Keyboard” amazon

The key switch mechanism is Cherry MX Red. (linear feel, no click, light press) 〔➤ Guide to Computer Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

Claims “100% Anti-Ghosting”. 〔➤ What's Key Ghosting, N-key Rollover?

Good reviews on amazon.

Corsair Vengeance K70

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Corsair K70 keyboard

The K70, comes in Cherry MX {Red, Blue, Brown} mechanical switches of your choice. 〔➤ Guide to Computer Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

Corsair Vengeance K90/K95

A more expensive model is the K90 (later updated to K95)

This is for when you need lots of extra programable keys.

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Corsair K90 keyboard, showing its extra function keys. amazon

What's the K90 got that's not in K60?

K90 requires software, for those extra function keys. The K60 doesn't. I'd recommend the K60, because people on amazon have reported problems with the software and the key lighting. The extra G keys also makes the keyboard extra wide.

For extra function keys, i recommend rather to buy a separate keypad. List of Programable Keypads

Alternative

If you like Corsair's metal style, go for it.

But for me, i prefer more practical keyboard that's light and still durable. Look doesn't matter much to me.

So, i'd prefer the Logitech G710+ Mechanical Keyboard. It is about the same price, you get 5 programable function keys, and Logitech keyboard has better software.

If you prefer compact size, i recommend “Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Keyboard”. See: Keyboards without Numeric Keypad.

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