|Corsair Vengeance K90 Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 16 April 2012|
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Gaming Keyboard Final Thoughts
The Corsair Vengeance K90 is a fine keyboard. The Cherry MX Red switches make for a great gaming experience with their linear force profile and low actuation force. Although I found the Cherry MX Blue switches with their haptic and auditory feedback better for typing overall, the Cherry MX Red switches still perform admirably and are infinitely better than their rubber dome competition
Still, the K90 is not in my view perfect and I would like to see some changes in future revisions of it. First at $130 I expect every key to have a Cherry MX Red switch, including the function keys and all of the G-keys. My second revision I would like to see is that the aluminum top covers the entire keyboard including the G-keys. I think this would look even better than the current one does, and might add a little more durability overall to the keyboard.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Conclusion
Performance in a keyboard is about being able to type and game without the peripheral holding the enthusiast back. Thankfully, the Corsair K90 performs admirably in both gaming and typing because the Cherry MX Red mechanical switches are great to type on and allow for extremely fast reaction times in games. When compared to the Cherry MX Blues switches the Cherry MX Red switches which lack the auditory and tactile feedback are not quite as good for typing on but, compared to the typical rubber dome keyboards the Red switches perform admirably providing an overall great typing experience.
The K90 is one of the most gorgeous keyboards I have laid my eyes on. The brushed aluminum exterior, raised keys, and blue glow come together to create quite a striking looking keyboard. Because of the of the brushed exterior fingerprints do not show up meaning that even after extended use the K90 still looks as beautiful as it was the first day.
With its aluminum exterior the Corsair K90 feel extremely solid, and will not flex, or give in any way possible. Corsair also stands behind its product providing a two-year warranty to enthusiast who buys the K90. As with any Cherry MX switch, the Red switches are rated for 50 Million key presses, which gives the K90 a very long potential lifetime as long as users take care of it. The one area that I worry about for durability on the K90 is the G-keys and function keys as Corsair chose to use rubber dome switches instead of Cherry MX Red Switches for these keys.
The Corsair K90 is adaptable to many situations, whether a user wants to make macros for a game or to make their administrative jobs easier the K90's G-keys and included software make it easy to setup. The integrated memory allows macros to move with the user without the need for complicated software, and means that users can record new macros on the fly as they are needed. did not make every key mechanical but instead chose to leave the G-keys and function keys as rubber dome switches.
For $129.99 the Corsair Vengeance K90 is in the top 2-4% of keyboards on Newegg.com. For this prices I really expect perfection, and this means Corsair needs to make every key mechanical. Otherwise, the enthusiest get a great product out the K90 with its linear force switches, brushed aluminum exterior, and software that is easy to use. Overall though the Corsair K90 is a extremely expensive keyboard but it does provide many great features for users.
Because of its beautiful design, Cherry MX Red switches, and longevity I am excited to reward the Corsair Vengeance K90 Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer award.
+ Mechanical Design
- The function keys and G-keys use rubber dome switches
Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.
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