|Corsair Vengeance K90 Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Tuesday, 17 April 2012|
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Closer Look: Corsair Vengeance K90
The Corsair Vengeance K90 with its black and aluminum finish could be at the center of a very modernistic looking work area.
The Corsair Vengeance K90 is quite a large keyboard measuring 20" x 6" with a full set of 18 programmable keys on the left and brushed aluminum faceplate covering the keyboard on the right.
The bottom of the K90 is not notable and other than a couple of information stickers the only thing of interest on the K90 is the four rubber feet that hold the hold the it in place quiet well when combined with its weight. If user would like to raise up the rear of the K90 they also have the option to add about 1/2" of height to the rear of the K90 for a better typing experience.
The K90 has dedicated media controls that allow users to stop, play/pause, move forward or backwards in a song, and to adjust their volume or mute it. I love the roller used for adjusting volume as I find it gives better control than a button based solution provide.
The K90 uses three prebuilt memory options that can be customized to a user's need. Once the settings are made, users can save them to the keyboard and recall up to three of them at any point during the future. Furthermore, if users would like to they can actually record directly to the keyboard removing the need for any of software that may be need to be installed on the system.
This single picture sums up what is so special about the Corsair Vengeance K90. This is my first time reviewing a keyboard that uses the Cherry MX Red switches and I was quite excited to see what the performance characteristics of this linear non-clicky switch are. The Cherry MX Red switches have a linear action which means that unlike its Blue brethren the Red switches have a linear force profile compared to the tactile force profile of the Cherry MX Blue switches. Like the Blue switches each Red switch activates after 2mm through its full 4mm of range with only 45g of force required to actuate. Sadly, Corsair chose to not use Cherry MX Red switches for every key, and instead use rubber dome key switches on the G-Keys, and all of the function keys.