Corsair Vengeance K60 gaming keyboard £90
24th Jan 2012 | 16:51
Enthusiast-class typing with looks to kill
Say hello to the Corsair Vengeance K60 keyboard.
To some, a keyboard is just a place to collect all your biscuit crumbs and errant Golden Virginia while you look at the latest funny cat video, but for the serious gamer it's a vital piece of kit.
These people are prepared to spend a bit extra cash for a keyboard that's comfortable, responsive and maybe even boasts a few extra controls – and Corsair wants in on that action.
Like the Vengeance M60 mouse, this K60 is designed with the FPS gamer in mind.
Corsair's keyboard is built on a brushed metal chassis and features fantastically clicky Cherry MX red switches for (steady now) fast, smooth action.
The WSAD and 1-5 keys are also rubberized and contoured to maximise your gaming comfort and performance, but you can swap these out for normal black keys with a handy tool stowed away, with the spare keys, in the wrist rest if you like.
What an impression the K60 makes when you first clickety-clack its keys.
It's as if every key input you make is part of some crucially important bomb-decoding procedure or something.
Satisfying doesn't even cover it – this is the keyboard equivalent of popping bubble-wrap.
We're not sure if it makes a huge difference to your response times in game, but it certainly makes for a more tactile and comfortable gaming session.
Likewise, the contoured A and D keys keep your fingers from straying beyond the movement controls and setting off torches or dropping all your weapons in a moment of spasmodic panic.
The fact the rubberized versions of the WSAD keys are red is nullified by the fact that once your fingers have initially located them, that problem's pretty much sorted and you can't see the keys anymore, but the 1-5 keys are all the handier for their scarlet livery.
The wrist rest-cum-secret key repository can't be faulted for comfort, and switching the keys in and out is a painless manoeuvre.
Outside of a purely gaming application, we love the K60's scrolling volume control, placed just above the caps/num/scroll lock lights (which are a suitably sophisticated white).
It's handy to have such quick and precise volume control without having to fiddle around on your headset. The extra multimedia controls are also welcome, and all this functionality is fitted on a board that meets the rock-solid build quality you'd expect from both the brand and the price tag.
There are a couple of chinks in the brushed steel armour of this Vengeance K60 though.
Firstly – and it's not a biggie – it isn't backlit like the more expensive K90 MMO-focussed keyboard.
FPS gamers play with the lights off sometimes too, and it's a feature you might expect in a £90 keyboard, so be warned before you go trying to search for those funny cat videos with the lights off.
It could also benefit from a few more USB and headset minijacks in its pass-through, but both of those issues are dwarfed by our concerns about the price – it's so nearly as expensive as the K90, which has backlighting and macro keys galore – in fact at time of writing you can pick up a K90 for less money if you shop around.
Mechanical switches are where it's at in gaming keyboards at the moment, and this Vengeance K60 is a fantastic keyboard for serious gamers.
The Cherry Red MX switches are mega-responsive, and though the red rubberized switchable keys are more for show than anything meaningful gaming advantage, they offer more comfort than most keyboards, especially coupled with the attachable rest.
The incredible build quality and scrolling volume control cover the Vengeance K60 in glory.
Only a lack of backlighting and an oddly close pricing between this and the higher-functionality K90 board can dampen our enthusiasm for Corsair's first move in the keyboard game.
We haven't seen a keyboard that caters for the needs of the FPS gamer this well before – a fantastic setup.