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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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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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