Corsair Vengeance M60 and K60 ReviewBluePanda -
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The Corsair K60 was put through over a full week worth of testing. During this time I did everything from writing school papers to randomly surfing the net and, most importantly, playing some good casual games with friends. I played with both the standard set of keys as well as the red gaming keys to get a feel for both. With no drivers to install, the keyboard required little effort to "set up".
Although a keyboard is a crucial part of any system build, there are no concrete “tests” that can be performed to define this keyboard as better than any other. However, in a subjective manner it can easily be broken down into key categories that really show where a keyboard shines or fails miserably. The most defining traits of a keyboard can be summarized numerically under the categories of comfort, customization, gaming, and accuracy.
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Comfort is a major player when it comes to choosing a keyboard. If I need to spend 15 hours working on a report I want to be miserable from the report itself, not because my hands are cramping from the unusual keyboard design. If the keys are too far apart or it has a sharp edge where my palms sit then I probably will not be a happy camper. With this in mind, comfort is measured on a scale from 1-10 with a score of 1 being, “Are you sure this is even a keyboard?” and a score of 10 as, “This keyboard was molded to fit my hands”. A 5 shall represent your typical "stock" keyboard.
In a gaming situation it might be nice to have a few keys on a keyboard that are designated for weapon selection or giving commands. The ability to assign macro keys can be the difference when you are being beaten by someone who simply does not have to click to do every action. Therefore a scale of 1-10 is assigned with a value of 1 representing, “There are fewer keys than an average keyboard”, and a value of 10 as, “WOW! Where are my normal keys, there are so many!” Again a 5 is representative of the “stock” keyboard (including media keys). This category also covers the options of appearance customization (i.e. replacement keys, lighting, and other color options).
Gaming goes along with customization. Being able to assign macros can make some games much easier to play – especially if it replaces scrolling through several menu options. This category is based on the concept of the keyboard being designed for either gaming or other applications. Does it have specifically designed macro keys, are there many of them, and how easy are easy they to use. A scale of 1-10 is used with a score of 1 represents a keyboard with only the main keys (no media keys, no number pad), a score of 10 means the keyboard was designed solely for a gamer.
No matter how fast a keyboard can respond or how fast you can type, writing up papers and maneuvering the battlefield both require great accuracy. If you can’t get your point across in an E-mail because you had to spend half your time going back to retype words due to a missed keystroke then why even bother? Same goes for in-game scenarios – pressing the correct key should always, always, always produce the correct response. A scale of 1 – 10 was used to rate accuracy; a score of 1 says you might as well give up, and a 10 means your keyboard knows what you were thinking before you typed it.
Comfort of a keyboard is always an important factor. The K60 was actually fairly comfortable. The ability to easily adjust its height was very convenient. While gaming, the curved WASD keys comprised an extra feature that made it easy to find your position if you took your hand away briefly, and the wrist rest option was great for both storage and support. I ended up leaving it on even when I wasn't gaming, both because it was comfortable and also because it's a little tricky to take on and off of the keyboard.
There are no macros to set up, no drivers to install and no software even if you wanted it. What you see is what you get. The change of keys is somewhat customizing it, but I wouldn't say the custom options are high. Accuracy is about the same as any Cherry MX Red mechanical keyboard I've used. The response is quick and the spring-back is fast enough to repeatedly press keys again and again with the same response. Overall it has a pretty nice feel, gaming or not.