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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

This keyboard was used as the primary keyboard over a period of 3 weeks. In addition to producitivty software and everyday browsing, the K60 was tested in several games: Crysis, StarCraft 2, League of Legends, and Might & Magic VI.

Test System

  • Processor Intel i7-920
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 285
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3
  • Monitor resolution: 1920x1080 pixels

Test Software

  • StarCraft II
  • League of Legends
  • Crysis
  • Might & Magic VI
  • Lunia
  • MouseRate
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Results

Let's start the results section with the Cherry Red switches. These keys are fabulous for gaming. It's quick to get used to for typing or gaming and offers a great experience. It doesn't take a lot of effort to press a key and is great for rapid successive strikes on the same key. Rapid and precise control of movement in FPS games is possible and achieved with ease on K60. While only the core keys use Cherry Red switches, I have not found that to be a problem at all since you rarely use the remaining keys.

The media keys and windows-lock key also work great. They allow quick adjustments to media settings without needing to alt-tab between applications and desktop.

The contoured keys are a fun part of the Vengeance K60. While logically it may seem odd to type with these keys, in reality it's a non-issue. The angle isn't large enough to make a drastic difference in feel during typing but is enough to guide your hands during the course of a game. I particularly like the numbered keys which I keep by default even for other games such as League of Legends. Since 1-6 are the item controls, and requires repositioning of the hand/fingers, being able to quickly feel the range of item controls is a nice plus.

Some may expect the K60 to have a horrible typing experience. However that's not particularly true. I type at fairly reasonable speeds (80+ WPM on average) and I've found largely no problem typing with the Corsair K60 even with the textured keys. However every once in awhile some keys may register double-taps even though I only intended to hit once. This doesn't happen very often and can be avoided. One way to avoid it is taking off the wrist rest. This eliminates the unnatural reach for keys located in the lower-left corner. The most common letter this happens with for me so far is "c".

The only feature I have mixed feelings about is the wrist rest. After 3 weeks of use I've grown accustomed to it and doesn't cause much of a nuisance anymore. The angle which it allows you to type and play at is much more comfortable than normal, as it allows your wrist to be in level with your arm, avoiding any strain on the wrist. For long gaming sessions that use a combination of keyboard and mouse, this configuration is perfect. But because detaching it actually takes work, it's usually left on in all cases, which makes typing feel odd. While I personally don't mind it, I could see it being an issue for some. A full keyboard wrist rest (like most other keyboards) may have been a better design, but if that's the case there's always the Vengeance K90 to look towards. The good thing is, since it's detachable, if you tried the wrist rest and didn't like it, you can just ditch it.

Overall the Vengeance K60 offers a great experience. It functions great for games and can be optimized for FPS games. However even as a general gaming keyboard the Vengeance K60 can be a great choice, and a cheaper option than the MMO alternative, the K90.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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