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Written by Joey Peng   
Monday, 09 April 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: Corsair K60
Corsair K60 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Corsair Vengeance K60 FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Manufacturer: Corsair
Product Name: Vengeance K60
Model: CH-9000004-NA
Price As Tested: $87.99 Amazon / $109.99 Newegg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Corsair.

The Vengeance K60 FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is one of Corsair's latest introductions. This keyboard is a rare cherry MX red keyboard (similar to cherry MX blacks), offering very light resistance to key presses, and no tactile "click" during presses, perfect for quick successive key presses like double taps. Benchmark Reviews will review this keyboard for its FPS gaming capabilities as well as general usage.

The Corsair Vengeance family has two pairs of mice/keyboard combinations. The K90/M90 are designed for MMORPG games with macro capabilities. The K60 is designed for FPS games with heavy emphasis on maximizing comfort for WASD and 1-6 keys. The M60 is the mouse counterpart to this keyboard with dedicated snipe mode. Making this split was a great choice for Corsair to capture both enthusiast groups while being able to differentiate the Vengeance series from numerous competitors.

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The Vengeance K60 is priced at $109.99, about average among mechanical gaming keyboards. However the feature set present in this keyboard is very different from the rest of the group. In the next section we'll start our dive into the main features of the Corsair Vengeance K60.

Corsair K60 Features

  • Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches
  • Contoured, textured WASD and 1-6 Keycaps
  • Full key matrix anti-ghosting
  • 20-key rollover on USB
  • Professional-grade brushed aluminum chassis with laser etched keys
  • Ergonomic wrist rest
  • Easy access multimedia controls
  • USB Pass-through

Corsair K60 Specifications

  • Light, responsive Cherry MX Red mechanical switches for fast, efficient gaming action (45g actuation force, 2mm to actuation and 4mm to bottom, rated for 50 million operations, gold contacts)
  • Tuned silicon dome keyswitches: F1 through F12, Esc, PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, Home, Page Up, Page Down, Delete, and End
  • Ten (10) additional sculpted FPS keys (W, A, S, D and 1 to 6) for superior reaction and control - interchangeable with the standard keyboard keys gaming palm rest with soft-touch surface for superior gaming comfort. Storage for sculpted keys and key extraction tool included
  • Six multimedia keys - stop, previous, play/pause, next, mute, volume up/down - with solid metal, weighted volume "drum roller"
  • Windows Lock key for uninterrupted game play
  • Metal top plate for increased strength, durability, and rigidity
  • USB pass-through connector giving easy access to a USB port on the back of the keyboard (USB 2.0/1.1/1.0)
  • USB Connector with gold plated contacts
  • 2m non-tangle cable
  • 438(L) x 163(W) x 24(H) mm / 17.2" (L) x 6.4" (W) x 0.94" (H)



 

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# RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardDavid Ramsey 2012-04-09 13:10
One drawback of this keyboard (and it's shared by many newer keyboards) is that it absolutely will not work through a KVM switch...
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# RE: RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardAustin Downing 2012-04-09 13:14
What causes this effect? Shouldn't all electrical signals be the same?
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# RE: RE: RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardDavid Ramsey 2012-04-09 13:20
Good question. The effect it very real, and the best explanation I got from Corsair tech support was that newer keyboards are "16 bit" while older ones were "8 bit".

Doesn't make any sense to me, but obviously something's changed.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardAustin Downing 2012-04-09 13:26
Interesting, I will start doing research on which KVM's will work with some of the more modern equipment that will be plugged into it. I definitely do not want to give up my mechanical keyboards to make sure I can use a KVM.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardDavid Ramsey 2012-04-09 13:31
I worked around it by having WASD Keyboards build me a keyboard with Cherry Red switches. That one works. However, there's no way to tell in advance...
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# RE: RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardAdam 2012-04-10 14:20
How strange! I feel compelled to hook my BlackWidow up to my KVM now just to test this out, like you said that explanation by Corsair makes very little sense.
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# RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardOlin Coles 2012-04-09 13:12
My complaint with this keyboard is stuck keys. I will occasionally get random stuck keys, and when that key is delete/backspace the effects are devastating. So far I?m not thrilled with it, and will probably go back to generic Dell keyboards.
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# RE: RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardAdam 2012-04-10 14:24
I hope you're not planning on using one of those crappy Dell minimalist ones with no surface around the keys.

Horrible keyboards.
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# Stuck keys?RealNeil 2012-04-12 21:30
How often do you get the stuck key problem?
would be a deal breaker for me.
Had to use an Apple Aluminum keyboard the other day when a Gigabyte keyboard failed.
funny, but I like it better than the old one that died. still have it connected to my Win-7box.
I do want to try out a Mech-Keyboard, people rave about them all of the time.
I'm typing now on an iPad so sorry if there's any mistakes,.....
Good review too.
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# RE: Stuck keys?Olin Coles 2012-04-12 21:35
I would say at least once per week or more. It's a random key every time, so I know it's not just one problem switch.
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# RE: RE: Stuck keys?Joey Peng 2012-04-16 23:01
I've had stuck keys only once in the past month using this keyboard. However the double registering keystroke is constantly when typing fast. Didn't notice it as much earlier, and it's a problem only with 1-key, "c". Happens on a daily basis.
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# RE: RE: RE: Stuck keys?Austin Dowing 2012-04-16 23:02
Perhaps we should send a email into Corsair inquiring if they know of the problem. I have not seen that problem on the K90 yet but I will definitely be on the look out.
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# RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboardsome guy 2012-04-23 15:15
The reason that the keys are above the chassis (where on others, you can't even see the switches or domes) is for reduced noise. With the red switches and the acoustics of the open keyboard, it really is quiet, unlike all other mechanical keyboards, which tend to be quite loud.
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# RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboardsome guy 2012-04-23 15:23
also, you can notice that the bottom row is not standard, so you can't put that awesome space bar on a regular mechanical keyboard, it's the regular length+.25 regular key size. Also, the control is bigger, and the windows keys are smaller, to prevent accidental minimizing if you're too lazy to press that button every time you start up a game. Also, I'm pretty sure the base is aluminium, not steel.
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# RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardJoey Peng 2012-04-26 01:04
No you're right, it's aluminium. Both words were used in the article accidently.
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# RE: RE: Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardOlin Coles 2012-04-26 08:43
I've fixed this in the article.
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