Corsair Vengeance M60 and K60 ReviewBluePanda - March 12, 2012
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You already got a quick peek at the keyboard on the first page, but there's much more to see. With the wrist rest and red keys already in place you get a snapshot from the front page (shown here at a different angle). But in reality, this isn't how it came shipped. If you recall, the wrist rest is detachable and the keys come stock all black and normal for typing. That little wrist rest opens up to stow away the keys not in use. It comes with 1-6 and WASD curved to fit gamer position keys and a key grabber tool. They all fit tightly in the wrist rest and don't rattle around to make that annoying plastic chatter when you decide to shake it up.
After pulling away the black keys to put on the textured red keys, you can see the cherry red switches beneath. Placing the red keys on is as simple as just lining them up and simply pressing down as if you were to type with them. The curvature swoops from high to low, to high again across the 1-6 number keys; like a nice parabolic curve. The WASD keys sit with a sink in the S fanning upward to the W, A, and D keys. Seems like quite the comfortable position for gaming situations.
The media key setup has to be one of my favorites that I've come across. Not only are there discrete keys just for media but it even has a nifty scrolling drum to make continuous volume changes. Gone are the times when one click up is too loud, while one click down is too quiet, it's perfect! A large mute key is easy to press when the phone rings and you want your mom to think you are doing homework rather than defending the world against zombies. The next, play/pause, back, and stop are all nice solid keys that are easy to push and access. I like them a lot.
Next to the indicator lights (which are white by the way) you can see a small Windows key lock. Push it once and it lights up blue to show "on" and the Windows key no longer messes up your game. Turn it off and you've got your key back to normal. The USB cable comes with two male ends to plug into your computer. Fortunately Corsair has caught on to the fact that most people don't want to take up two ports just to type – they are labeled with pictures to show which one you need to plug in to type and which one you should plug in if you want to use the USB hub on the keyboard.
Now that I've got you interested in the USB hub, I have to break the news to you that it's less of a hub and rather just one USB plug. It's nice having one on the desk to reach and plug into, but with the majority of chassis having a USB port on the I/O panel up front, I find this feature goes unused. Either way it's there, it reads a USB drive like your computer would – so I guess if you need the extra mouse cable length there's a benefit for you having it so close. Other than that I can't say I use it much.
Flipping the keyboard over you'll find it a little different than many on the market. It actually has four feet to adjust height. You can elevate both the top and bottom edge if you so desire, or just one or the other. The feet add quite a bit of height if I do say so myself, and considering I like lower profile keyboards I didn't leave them up long. It was pretty nice being able to make such a drastic change – especially with the wrist rest attached.
Overall the Corsair K60 is a good-looking keyboard. The aluminum build gives it the, "I could kill a person" with it feel, and I like it. I am not a fan of products that feel cheap, because a lot of times they just don't hold up whether they were truly cheap in price or not. This is something I feel will have its place on my desk over the years to come.