Corsair Vengeance K60 Keyboard Enthusiast-class typing with looks to kill

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Corsair Vengeance K60 Keyboard Enthusiast-class typing with looks to killFor some, a keyboard is just a place to collect all your biscuit crumbs and errant Golder 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.

Say hello to the Vengeance K60 keyboard. Like the Vengeance M60 mouse, the 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 rubberised and contoured to maximise your gaming comfort and performance, but you can swap these for normal black keys with a handy tool that's stowed away in the wrist rest, along with the spare keys.

Clickety-clack

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. Satisfying doesn't cover it - this is the keyboard equivalent of popping bubble-wrap.

Not sure it makes a huge difference to your response times in game, but it certainly makes for a tactile and comfortable gaming session. The contoured A and D keys keep your fingers from staying 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 WASD keys are red is nullified by the fact that once your fingers have initially located them, that problem's pretty much soted 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 in painless.

Outside of a purely gaming application, love the K60's scrolling volume control above the caps/num/scroll lock lights (which are 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 with 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 the Vengeance K60 though. Firstly - and it's not a biggie - it isn't backlit like more expensive K90 MMO-focused keyboard. FPS gamers play with the lights off sometimes, and it's a feature you might expect in a $143 keyboard, so be warned before you try 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 those issues are dwarfed by our worries about the price - it's nearly as much as the K90, which has back lighting and macro keys galore - in fact, at time of writing you can get a K90for less money if you shop around.

Vital Statistics
Price $143 approx.
Manufacturer Corsair
Switches Cherry MX red
Operation 50 million
Inputs 1x USB 2.0
Additional controls 6x multimedia, vertical scroller

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