|Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Monday, 09 April 2012|
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Corsair Vengeance K60 Detailed Features
The Vengeance K60's main feature is the cherry MX red switches. The greatest benefit to this switch is its light resistance (lightest of all switches) and spam-ability. It doesn't generate as much tactile feedback as other switches but for FPS games that quick multi-tap to adjust positions with WASD or quick toggling between weapons is more easily achieved with the cherry red switches. To make things better, the K60 allows 20-key rollover on USB. For DDR-like games on PC this keyboard is perfect.
The most unique part of the Vengeance K60 is the extra textured and contoured keys that can be swapped out. The included key extraction tool can easily allow you to remove all keys, whether to switch keys or for cleaning. All you need to do is snap the tool onto a key and pull. The keys fit tightly enough that it's very difficult to pull out a key without the tool, so you won't need to worry about loose keys.
By design only WASD and 1-6 have a textured version to swap. For most FPS games this is sufficient. The key benefit is being able to feel the keys without having to look. Because of this, the K60 also omits any backlighting capability, which is present in the K90.
The wrist rest is also a storage unit for extra keys and the extraction tool. The lid comes entirely off and is not physically attached to the rest of the wrist rest.
The textured keys have a different surface feeling. However it would've been nicer if they used a different material all together, perhaps with a rubber coating to give it a completely different feel while also giving it more grip. One slight annoyance is that the numbered keys do not have its alternate "shift" state etched on. While I remember "%", and "!" from muscle memory, the rest are less used and takes a moment to think before I can proceed.
One additional feature is the built in USB port. The keyboard itself takes 2 USB ports to function but it's nice to have an extra USB port be immediately available without needing to get on the ground and fiddle under the desk.
Looking closer at the details, it's clear that the K60 gets its value from its FPS centered experience. But it might be rare today for someone to play only FPS games. Benchmark Reviews will test out whether the Vengeance K60 is only good for FPS games or if it delivers more than promised.