Corsair's Vengeance K60 Keyboard worth the wait

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Corsair's Vengeance K60 Keyboard worth the wait

Review: A fascinating and superbly engineered piece of gaming kit, the Vengeance K60 is our new personal choice for a gaming keyboard.

 

Anticipation can be really dangerous. If you’ve been looking forward to something for long enough, there’s always the chance that when it finally comes along it ends up just disappointing. Well, if you’ve been paying attention on our website, and our various previews and news stories on the site (just look ‘em up), we have been looking forward to this like a boozer looks forward to his next Boilermaker. And...
 
We are not disappointed! 
 
How amazing is that? This keyboard is pretty much exactly what we’ve been waiting for, and even though the changeover from my old standard MS gaming board is a harsh one, I can see the K60 scoring itself a permanent home in our gaming cave (or ledge, more accurately - long story). So why is it so good?
 
Well, for one thing, this is one solid piece of kit thanks to the single piece of custom molded aluminium making up the main fascia. Though it has a standard plastic body underneath, the metal frame means there’s practically zero flex - this is great board for shoving in a bag and taking to a LAN. Or just hammering to within an inch of its life. 
 
It goes without saying that the Cherry MX Red switches give the main keys (function keys use a traditional rubber dome) an incredible responsiveness and sense of tactile feedback. Even better, the wrist-rest opens up to reveal a second set of WASD and one-through-six keys, and a key-pulling tool; these keys feature surfaces that slope up and away from you, making it very easy to find them while focused on the screen. 
 
In game, the ‘board delivers. Playing a few rounds of Battlefield 3 was a joy. The increased travel does take some getting used to, and wrist rest, while comfy, doesn’t help the initial phase – we removed ours and immediately performed better. However, if you like rests, it’ll be tops. The four adjustable legs underneath are really neat, meaning you can angle the keyboard up and flat, toward you, or even away from you. The AV keys are all metal and feel beautifully machined, and a Gaming switch that disables the Windows key is icing on the tasty cake.
 
The M60 delivers. And for the MMO board that Corsair’s released, and their mice and headsets, stay tuned in future issues. 
Corsair Vengeance K60 Keyboard
5 6
Verdict
Well made, plays well; our new favourite.
Overall
Hot Award
Specs
$140
• Altech: www.corsair.com
Cherry MX Red mechanical switches; 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz polling rate; sculpted FPS keys; multimedia keys; USB pass through.
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