Corsair Vengeance Gaming Keyboards
The Corsair Vengeance keyboards come in two variants. Those are the Vengeance K60 and the Vengeance K90. As we stated earlier, the K60 is more focused on FPS gaming while the K90 is more focused on MMO and RTS gaming. Here we will detail the features of both of them as well as their pricing.
The Vengeance K60 first of all, is a mechanical keyboard (unlike Logitech’s G-series). This means that the keystrokes are not only better but also much more precise which is why they are so sought after in gaming scenarios. In our review of the Thermaltake MEKA G1 we detailed the differences between all of the different mechanical switches and the MEKA G1 used the more gaming centric black switch. Corsair decided that since they were going to do mechanical that they would use the best parts available and they opted for the Cherry Red switch which is one of the rarest types of mechanical switches but also one of the most sensitive as well.
Because of the fact that this keyboard is a mechanical one it also lends to having multiple keys being entered at the same time. With the K60, there is a 20-key roll over (via USB) which means that you can strike 20 keys at the same time if you ever so wish. But in reality, you really shouldn’t have to worry past 10. This is in addition to the fact that the K60 comes with a textured and colored WASD and 1-6 key set (something similar to what we saw on the MEKA G1). On top of that, the keyboard has a variable polling rate ranging from 1ms to 8m with 2ms being the default setting. With all of those awesome additions you would think that this keyboard would already be good enough for gaming but they didn’t stop there. Corsair also opted to include a wrist rest for your hand so that you can avoid wrist cramping when playing games for hours on end. This wrist rest also doubles as a storage unit for the red textured keys.
There are also dedicated media keys and a windows lock key to prevent you from accidentally hitting the windows key while gaming and minimizing your game. This key is absolutely a necessity on any keyboard that would even attempt to call itself a gaming keyboard. And as a kicker, Corsair threw in a solid metal volume roller for adjusting the volume on the fly. This feature is something we have seen commonly on Logitech’s latest gaming keyboards and have wished for on many other brands’. The solidness of the K60 is only further reinforced by the fact that the entire top plate of the keyboard is solid aluminum which not only gives the keyboard a more solid feel, but it also makes it look damn good.
The K90, in reality, is very similar to the K60 but it packs a slightly different set of features that will appeal to a different type of gamer. It has the same mechanical switches, 20-key rollover, polling rate and aluminum top plate, but it also adds some very desired features which could leave you wondering which keyboard you really want to get. The K90 is different in that it adds 17 macro keys to the side of the keyboard. This is extremely useful for anyone that plays an MMO or an RTS so that they can execute their commands in Starcraft 2 without panicking or cast the right spells in World of Warcraft.
On top of the 18 keys, there are also 3 sets of macros which results in the possibility of having 54 different macros on one keyboard. The K90 also adds something that we really wish more mechanical gaming keyboards had backlit keys. With the K90, the keys are backlit which isn’t generally something people care about until they realize that they don’t have it. Since this keyboard is a little longer and you will probably find yourself gliding from side to side pretty often Corsair has opted for a full length wrist rest that goes from end to end which ensures maximum comfort no matter where you may be typing.
The K60 is expected to retail for $99 while the K90 is expected to retail at a slightly higher $129. Considering all of the quality components in these keyboards and the overall design, there is very little reason to question the actual prices of these keyboards. If anything, they’re spot on.
K90 sideview, you can see the macro keys are a little lower
Overall, after having taken a look at these keyboards there is nothing to say other than we are having a lot of allusions to other gaming keyboards we’ve seen. The good part, though, is not that Corsair is copying anything, but rather taking the best of everything we’ve ever seen and putting it into two keyboards that are going to be extremely desirable and will probably be very hard to find in stock. Corsair Vengeance Gaming Mice
Corsair is launching two gaming mice to match along with their gaming keyboards. These will be the aptly named M60 and M90 mice. The Vengeance M60 will feature an ultra high resolution Avago 5670 DPI laser sensor with on-the-fly resolution adjustments and an aluminum unibody design, adjustable center of gravity, programmable lift detection, high-mass scroll wheel and PTFE low resistance glide pads. This is all atop having a 1ms or 1000Hz pollint rate which is honestly expected if this is to be considered an FPS mouse. The M60, since it is geared towards FPS features a Sniper button which allows the user to quickly toggle from high DPI resolution to a high precision mode for more accurate aim. This goes without saying that the mouse itself is designed to be as ergonomic as possible and for long gaming sessions. This mouse is just screaming Battlefield 3 and we’re sure that everyone (including Corsair) knows it.
M60 top to bottom
The Corsair M90 takes many of its cues from the M60, but once again it adds an MMO/RTS angle that makes it a little more attractive for those users. The M90 uses the same sensor and many other features, but the added feature to the M90 is the addition of 15 fully programmable buttons which are managed by Corsair’s Vengeance utility which allows you to control on-board profiles and sensor settings. And based upon these buttons’ placement, it looks like their using is going to be very intuitive and easy to use. This allows for a very highly customized gaming experience that enables MMO and RTS gamers to mold their gaming peripherals to their liking. Because of this, you’ll probably find many Diablo 3 and Skyrim users picking this mouse up for their gaming addictions.
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