Just Delivered: Corsair K60 & K90 Vengeance Mech Keyboards Type Hard, Type Harder, Type Hard: With a Vengeance

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | April 21, 2012 - 01:24 AM |
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, corsair

Just Delivered is a class of articles at PC Perspective where we share what crosses into our offices, labs, houses, or pseudo-classified locations with crummy internet. Today we look at the Corsair Vengeance line of mechanical keyboards. We have received both the K60 FPS keyboard as well as the K90 MMO keyboard.

Some people say that when you try a mechanical keyboard, something just clicks.

That is not really the case for the Corsair Vengeance line of keyboards which use the linear Cherry MX Red switches. The key gives a light constant resistence until it hits bottom. Check out our explanation of the various type of switches from a few months ago to see the differences between Cherry MX switches.

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Seems quite odd, grammatically, to enter a market of new competitors with a Vengeance...

Just saying...

First impressions are that Corsair really put some thought and effort into these keyboards. Wrist rests snap into place and, in the K90's case, get screwed in for total stability. The brushed metal top is a great touch and gives the feeling of quality.

Each keyboard has a few non-mechanical keys which slightly take away from that feeling -- but that will be discussed in a more formal review setting.

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Just for irony... I might play Wing Commander: Privateer as part of the Corsair review.

While Corsair to some extent markets these keyboards at different audiences -- it really does seem at first glance like the K90 is a direct upgrade to the K60, rather than a sidegrade. Apart from the custom shaped WSAD keys and the wrist rest, I cannot see much reason to go for the K60 over the K90 except for price.

That said, we shall find out for sure in the full review to be started shortly.

Source: PCPer
April 21, 2012 | 02:06 PM - Posted by Nadger

too bad there is no tenkeyless option.

I'd love the k60 with no numpad cluster or a numpad in place of edit keys and arrows with a layer for the edit keys and arrows when numlock is turned off.

April 22, 2012 | 01:37 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

I actually really like numpads. That said, I have a lot of desk space and I often play shooters with the arrow keys (I'm a lefty).

So the numpad gives me a bunch of extra buttons.

I also used to play a realtime hex-grid action game through a Telnet client. Setting my direction and speed and checking the map with the numpad was pretty much essential.

April 22, 2012 | 10:44 AM - Posted by eenicker (not verified)

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April 22, 2012 | 10:54 AM - Posted by mark (not verified)

Having the k60 for almost 6 months I can tell u the only downside is that the red rubber keys letters do rub off after a while. I havnt had the default keys rub up but I have had thm going from "white" to "dirt" color lol....thats all me tho

April 22, 2012 | 10:56 AM - Posted by mark (not verified)

I can honestly say the volume rocker is an engineering marvel of usefullness.......

April 22, 2012 | 09:05 PM - Posted by Branthog

I don't really see any benefits of these keyboards over a solid old fashioned IBM-style mechanical keyboard, like they sell at pckeyboard.com (about the only place I've found left that I can buy them, anymore). They're solid mechanical keyboards exactly built in the old IBM mechanical keyboard style, but without the incredibly heavy metal backplate of the originals. And they're $50 less than the K90.

I've had mine for almost two years and it feels like it could last forever, while a lot of these new mechanical keyboards from "enthusiast" brands always look flimsy to me. I use it for coding, FPS, strategy, MMOs. Everything. Works just fine. And I tend to be picky about my keyboards (it took me a long time after using ergonomic wave style keyboards to go back to the straight board, but it's the only way you're going to get something that isn't filled with 472 different gimmicky idiotic "media buttons" and dials and switches and crap that every keyboard came with in the last decade).

April 22, 2012 | 11:24 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Yeah, Unicomp has rights over Model M.

Not sure how many patents are still valid frankly. The designs were old.

April 23, 2012 | 01:09 AM - Posted by Branthog

Agreed. It has been nearly thirty years, now, so I'm not sure how anyone can have exclusive rights to it, anymore. :/

April 23, 2012 | 03:19 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

I had a giggle at that title.. Now I feel bad.

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