Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
On the left end of the K68, it is easy to make out the use of textured plastic on the lower section of the frame, and not out of the ordinary for a Corsair keyboard. What is a bit strange is that the top is also made of plastic, leaving the keys exposed, but we are used to anodized aluminum top plates. With the keyboard flat on the table, we see the concave profile of the keycaps, which may not be the best angle for usage.
The seventy-four keys taking up the bulk of the keyboard are all where we expect them to be. Each keycap is cylindrical, except for the space bar, which is highly textured. The red we see between the keys is the membrane, not a steel plate painted red, and we like the chrome Corsair name and logo at the top edge.
In this image, we will cover the thirty typical keys found on the right side. The commands are written out fully across the keycaps and below is the default set of arrow keys. The number pad has everything expected and even offers a second set of arrows for left-hand gamers.
At the top of the right side of the K68, we see all but one of the options, as we did miss the LED intensity button just left of the Windows Lock button. There are white LED indicators for the number lock, caps lock, and the scroll lock, while the buttons are backlit red. In two sections, we find the volume keys nearest the top edge of the keyboard, with the multimedia set below them.
As far as things are concerned when it comes to the right edge of the K68, we see the same things we found on the left edge. We have extended the feet below the K68, and the angle of the keycaps has now changed, allowing the rows of caps to angle towards the user.
Under the K68 we see many holes, most of which are for the screws which hold the keyboard together. Thirteen of the holes seen are drains for any liquid that may fall into the keyboard. There are four along the back, three holes down either side, as well as the eyebrows over the front row of screws, are for liquid removal as well. As-is, the keyboard is supported with long but skinny rubber feet near the corners.
When the time comes to need to use the extension feet, they are easy to access with the large indent around them. These feet are not rubber tipped, which is a disappointment, but they do absorb a lot of pressure before collapsing.
The cable is of standard length, in the range of 1.8 meters, or six feet. While Corsair chose not to gold plate the USB 2.0 connection, the plastic surrounding it has a Corsair logo on it, and the gray and black make it easy to find on the rear I/O panel. As for the cable itself, it is covered with rubber, but this is slicker than usual and allows them to call it an anti-tangle coating.
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United Kingdom: The Corsair K68 Red LED Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX Red Switches: Linear and Fast, Red LED Backlighting, IP32 Dust and Spill Resistant, QWERTY UK Layout) - Black retails for £79.49 at Amazon UK.
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