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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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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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