Corsair K60 and K90 Mechanical Keyboard Review
My Personal Take on the Keyboard
The Corsair K60 and K90 are the first attempt from the company at releasing mechanical keyboards but were given the level of design attention not present from even the ancients of that industry.
My two major divergences with the keyboard were: the seemingly willy-nilly process of deciding which key should be mechanical as well as the poorly documented key combinations baked into hardware itself. You may notice that the only issues that I have noticed are intentional and by design. Corsair jumped out of the gate with two completely unique – and very difficult to properly manufacture – products for their company and they did not make any accidental mistakes that I could detect.
The Corsair K60, with single-palm rest and no backlighting.
Those disagreements are also offset by the numerous innovative design choices that I loved. The shaped WSAD keycaps on the K60 are simply genius; each wrist rest makes perfect sense for what each keyboard is designed for; and there is no reason why the volume roller is not ubiquitous from this point on.
I personally prefer the Cherry MX Blue key switches for how they feel while typing. I do not think that I would be comfortable using a Cherry MX Red keyboard as my primary input device. I find that the blue switches are sufficient for my usage in gaming.
The switch used in many other mechanical keyboards, unlike the Red switches in the Corsair.
(Go back and see the first page of the review again for the MX Red switch)
If I were designing an arcade cabinet I would obviously use Cherry MX Red switches as the base for the buttons. For a keyboard, I just cannot get into it – but I know there are many others who would disagree.
If you have the luxury of testing out the various Cherry MX switches and you decide that Cherry MX Red feels right for you – then you will not be disappointed with the Corsair K60 or K90 unless you fundamentally disagree with some of their design choices.
The Corsair K90, with full-length wrist rest and full backlighting.
I personally disagree with giving awards for peripherals which are so wrapped up in personal choice and as such I am not giving the Corsair K60 or K90 an Editor’s Choice award. It will always be up to you to decide whether a keyboard is for you or whether it should be left for someone else.
But, if you agree with Corsair’s design and switch choices, this keyboard should not disappoint.
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