Corsair Vengeance K60

Manufacturer: Corsair
Model: Vengeance K60
MSRP: $109.99
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Corsair doesn’t have much pedigree when it comes to mechanical keyboards, but it does have an extensive history in quality PC components and accessories from RAM to SSD’s and more. It recently unveiled two mechanical keyboards, the K60 and the K90. Let’s first look at the K60, which is the less expensive of the two. The first thing you’ll notice about the K60 is the great build quality, clad with brushed aluminum, it seems to be able to take a beating. Even with the rugged quality, we can’t help but admire the way it looks. Brushed aluminum and black is always a winner, but the layout of the keyboard just looks elegant with a raised silver logo on top and the nicely shaped media control keys in the upper right.

The media keys include the usual complement with a textured cylindrical “drum” volume control that feels great. Beside the media keys are a simple set of three indicator lights, and a lock for the Windows Key which will disable the key so that any accidental key-press will not exit a game in progress. It’s nice to see that it is a physical key, as opposed to the software settings we’re used to seeing. On the top, it has 1 USB 2.0 pass-through and it comes with a 2 meter braided cord terminating in 2 USB connections.

They K60 comes with a wrist support for the left hand, which also doubles as a housing for the 10 extra red-colored “gaming” keys and key-replacement tool. The extra keys for W,A,S,D and the numbers 1-6 come contoured and textured, and generally feel great. Not only does it make the general gaming cluster hard to miss, it adds a nice accent of color that makes the K60 even more handsome. All the keys are laser-etched but it must be noted that the non-essential gaming keys such as the Function (F1-F12) and the 9-key block of (Print Scn to Page Down) use a variation of rubber-dome keys, and do not have mechanical key-switches.

The Vengeance K60 uses Cherry MX Red key-switches, which are not very common. It can be understood as a variation of the Cherry MX Black keys, they lack an audible “click” sound and do not have a tactile bump you can feel. The main difference from the Cherry MX Blacks is that the Reds require less down-force to depress. The goal is to allow gamers to quickly and rapidly press the keys with little effort and not be hindered by any of the extras commonly found in mechanical keyboards like sound or tactile bumps.

Some of the other features on the K60 include anti-ghosting and a 20-key rollover which is an improvement over the standard 6-key rollover on many other keyboards. This is possible because of the adjustable reporting frequency which can be set to 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz (1ms/2ms/4ms/8ms response time). So you can be assured that if you have only two hands and five fingers on each, you will not need more than this.

In the end, we’re left with a keyboard that is on-par with Das Keyboard Model S Professional in its build quality and simple beauty. Even with it’s minimal design, it boasts features that hardcore gamers need without the extras like glowing LEDs and dedicated gaming keys. It is one of the few Cherry MX Red keyboards available today, and it’s a great buy. If, though, you yearn for the excess and flashy, check out the K60‘s bigger brother, the Vengeance K90.