|Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Monday, 09 April 2012|
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Closer Look: Corsair Vengeance K60
The Corsair Vengeance K60 package comes with the K60 mechanical keyboard, a detachable wrist rest, textured keys for FPS games, key extraction tool, and a brief quick start guide. There is no software for the K60 as macros is not a feature for the FPS-focused keyboard.
Corsair has a clear vision for the K60, and that's very apparent in their selection of features. All the core keys and number pad uses cherry MX red switches. The remaining F1-F12 and PrtScn etc. keys, which are rarely used in FPS games, fall back to the old rubber dome design. This is barely noticeable during the course of regular use, and when used they're rarely spammed, and so the tactile feel of the traditional rubber dome design works great.
The out-of-box keys can be switched to the include FPS keys. These are contoured and textured to stand out while giving you the ability to keep your fingers within the controls and also reposition your hand without needing to ever look at the keyboard. Now gamers can switch between typing and gaming easily.
The Vengeance K60 is a solid plastic exterior with an aluminum top for durability. On the bottom there are 4 retractable stands that can lift the keyboard off the surface for another centimeter.
Perhaps one of the most controversial features is the 1-hand wrist rest. It can be attached at only 1 location, and is actually higher than the keys itself. It's not particularly the easiest to remove either, and actually needs to be pried from the bottom of the keyboard. This makes the typing experience somewhat imbalanced and odd. It also makes striking the bottom-left buttons unnatural (Ctrl, windows, alt, z, x, c). That being said, you could get used to it as I did. As long as the game doesn't require frequent use of those buttons, its not a huge deal since it can be removed. The benefits are also questionable, as I felt a normal full wrist rest that extends the entire body achieves the same effect.
The Corsair Vengeance K60 also comes with multimedia keys and a unique windows-lock button. The volume control feels comfortable to use. It uses a weighted roller which you roll up or down to adjust volume. The windows lock if a fun functionality that disables the "windows" key when turned on. This can eliminate accidental minimizing of the screen. However I feel that's more of a Vengeance K90 (MMO keyboard) feature since it's almost impossible to "accidentally" hit the windows key with the wrist rest there.
The K60 also comes with a European edition that has a slightly different layout for its keys.
The Corsair Vengeance K60 has a very slick design, clean and elegant. The construction is extremely solid thanks to the aluminum top. Its core selling points are the cherry MX red switches, and FPS optimized design, which also differentiates itself from the masses of other mechanical keyboards. In the next section we'll look at more detailed features of the Vengeance K60.