Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Most of the hype right now with Corsair is about them reselling their stock to another company, and while those effects are yet to be seen, let us redirect your attention to what they seem to be the best at doing; delivering new products. We have been on the wagon with Corsair, ever since they first decided to move into mechanical keyboards. Some would say they had a rocky start due to LED issues, in the beginning, we can assure you Corsair has come a long way since the days of the original K90 and K60 keyboards.
Most times, the mechanical keyboards which do the best in the market, tend to be those with the fanciest of RGB lighting and various modes or customizations which can be made to them. While Corsair has not eliminated LED lighting all together in what we are about to see, that was not their primary concern when they were in the design phase this time. With so many home gamers out there, there are constantly stories of "OMG what do I do now?" after liquids have been spilled near or into their keyboards. Most of the time, the replies are the same. Tear the keyboard apart, wash it out, then either put it in a bag of rice for a few days or let it air dry for seven to ten days. While this advice is golden, what happens to those who are not mechanically inclined, or tend to break things even if they are?
The answer to this is that you can now eliminate this concern altogether, by going out and picking up the Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The K68 is the first we can recall, from Corsair, in which a rubber membrane has been installed, allowing the keyboard to continue functioning, even as water is poured over the keyboard while typing. Eliminating the potential for a wasted investment is something that accident-prone gamers consider every time they shell out for something besides the bottom of the barrel rubber dome keyboards. Corsair knows that accidents can and will happen, usually at the worst time, so why not develop a product that solves this issue point blank. The bonus is that not only does the K68 solve any anxiety one might have, but the K68 also does not break the bank for such a feature either.
The K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard appears visually like many other Corsair mechanical keyboards, but there are few changed at hand. Unlike most them, the K68 uses a two-piece plastic frame, which is textured, and it also ships with a detachable wrist rest. The K68 is 455mm wide, it is 170mm from front to back without the rest, and stands 39mm with the extension feet collapsed. The keyboard is 1120 grams in weight, covered by a two-year warranty, and while there is LED backlighting, in the K68 the only option is red, but there are various modes available.
The switches inside of the K68 are Cherry MX Reds and is the only choice available. Since most gamers tend to prefer this switch anyway, this should not be a downfall for the K68. By default, there is a 1ms report rate and full anti-ghosting across this 104-key US layout. In addition to the standard 104-keys, there are another nine buttons on the keyboard for things such as LED intensity, the Windows Lock, as well as a set of dedicated multimedia keys. Much of this can be adjusted or set in the accompanying CUE software, which is where Macros, LED modes, and profiles can all be addressed. The last thing of any concern to a user is that the cable is near six feet in length, and is covered in tangle free rubber, rather than sporting a braided sleeve.
At the time of writing this review, we are pleased to see that sales are already active for the K68. While the $99.99 MSRP is not out of line at all when it comes to everything you are about to see in this review, we see that if you wait and play the pricing game, you could get the K68 for $20 less at times. Of course, many companies try to do this with newer products to get them into more hands, and we see nothing wrong with it, as the end-user is the one who benefits most from these decisions. For what it is worth, we would have no issue shelling out one hundred dollars to obtain this keyboard, if we were in the market. Reason being, while basic in appearance, there is much hidden behind the scenes, which raises the value exponentially to some, specifically those who have already killed a keyboard or two by spilling something on the keyboard.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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