|Corsair Vengeance K90 Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Tuesday, 17 April 2012|
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Testing & Results
Testing peripherals like the Corsair Venegeance K90 are quite simply a matter of using them in the real world for an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the product they are no standardized test that can be done but rather it is a matter of personal opinion from the time spent using the product. In order to analyze the qualities of the K90 I focused on looking at the many different realms of work and play that the K90 is expected to be subjected to. This means looking at both its qualities as a gaming keyboard, but more importantly its qualities as a method of input for work and school related projects.
Using the Corsair Vengeance K90 for gaming proved to be quite wonderful. When it comes to typing the Cherry MX Blue switches are simply one of the best key types available but due to their non-linear force profile and some find them unsuitable for gaming. On the other hand, I found this is not true of the Cherry MX Red switches used on the K90. Due to the linear force profile and the lower actuation force needed the Cherry MX Reds are ideal for gaming.
In Battlefield 3, I spend a particularly large amount of time flying where quick decisions and fast reactions are the difference between winning or losing a dogfight and between pulling off the perfect aerial maneuver or crashing. The K90 performed amazingly, making even the most complex of maneuvers seemingly easy to pull off. On the ground, I found that the low force needed and smooth actions allowed me to quickly bob between obstacles while effectively staying in cover as much as possible. During my Mass Effect 3 sessions (No spoilers I promise), I found that the smooth movements allowed me to easily move between cover while fighting my way forward while fighting the Geth.
My biggest test is always typing, if a keyboard is the best I have ever used for gaming but I cannot type on it properly then it is useless. Thankfully although the lower actuation force of the K90 took some getting used to I found that after a couple of days my typing speed was back up to where it is on my Cherry MX Blue keyboards. Because they lack the auditory and haptic feedback of their Blue brethren have as you type it is near silent as long as you do not bottom out the keys repeatedly.