Corsair is a vengeful beast: K90, the (Black)Widow’s maker?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2011 - 04:30 AM |
Tagged: mice, mechanical keyboard, corsair

For such an old technology it certainly seems like gaming mechanical keyboards are making a surge into the market lately. More and more hands are in the pot full of Cherries; each hand with their personal set of distinguishing features to set their offering apart from all the others. Some prefer to opt for backlighting; some prefer to opt for ludicrous amounts of keys to be pressed at once; and some prefer to duke it out in switch type, extra buttons, and price. Razer recently jumped in to the fray with their premiere and recently expanded BlackWidow product line. Corsair seems to have their sights directly on Razer, however, with their own mechanical keyboard lineup: The Vengence K60 FPS keyboard and the K90 MMO keyboard the latter with blue backlighting. Also announced are two gaming mice, one to complement each keyboard with similar model numbers: M60 and M90.

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Are your ears burning Razer? This could get bloody.

I must say that upon overviewing Corsair’s claims of a 20KRO keyboard I am quite interested in this product. According to their product page, they have essentially created the basis of an NKRO keyboard by isolating every key from each other (rather than having certain combinations of as low as 3 keys confuse the controller) but instead of using a native PS/2 controller for real NKRO they opted for messing with USB in such a way to allow up to 20 keys pressed at once. While the question still remains of how up-to “up-to” really is, if they really isolated every key it is possible that you simply will not have enough fingers to jam the keyboard without physically trying to make it happen. Such a feat is possible, however: Microsoft has done a similar accomplishment with their SideWinder X4 keyboard, claiming 26KRO over USB.

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I mean honestly, who needs two hands on your FPS keyboard?

It seems very much like Corsair is attempting to ram into the market chest-first like some Cherry-flavored Kool-Aid man. A special one-handed wristguard for the FPS model and replaceable keycaps for the WSAD and number keys knowing that without backlighting they are the first to go show that they thought this through before they made their leap. The backlight K90 also priced nearly identically to Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate at $129 with the FPS-centric K60 priced at $109 though that price includes the wrist guard. The two mice are priced at $79 for the M90 and $69 for the M60. Update 9/17/2011: I forgot to mention, Corsair said it should be available in October.

Source: Corsair
September 17, 2011 | 09:18 AM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

Lol I tried to buy it somewhere but its not out yet. I wish I could pre-order at Newegg.

September 17, 2011 | 12:29 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Should be very soon, by October we are told.

September 17, 2011 | 01:08 PM - Posted by Ken (not verified)

Should have backlight on the FPS keyboard big mistake!

September 17, 2011 | 01:52 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

If you don't mind losing the pretty awesome looking wrist guard it shouldn't be too bad to get the MMO one for FPS games. The mechanics of the keyboard are apparently identical according to what Corsair said.

September 17, 2011 | 02:06 PM - Posted by Ken (not verified)

I agree but $20 more for backlight is spendy!

September 17, 2011 | 02:09 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Yeah but per-key LEDs aren't free so it would probably jack up the price at least that much anyway.

September 17, 2011 | 02:40 PM - Posted by Ken (not verified)

Yea your right that wouldn't come cheap!

September 17, 2011 | 01:10 PM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

Quakelive watch out, eta Oct.

September 18, 2011 | 02:25 AM - Posted by BukkakeShampoo (not verified)

Released an anodized black variant and I will be all over it.

January 21, 2012 | 01:58 AM - Posted by Patrick (not verified)

Hi Scott,
I have the Logitech G510 and if you look at the keys etc, it is pretty much a total copy of it, so they have really taken the best of the G510 (GKeys, macro banks, backlight, roller volume, mute, media keys, etc) and put mechanical like BlackWidow. I'm getting one in a few days, very excited.

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