Inside the K68
As we always do, we pulled a few of the keycaps to see how they are made. On the K68, the caps are molded in white plastic and is then coated black, leaving the legends exposed to allow light to pass through them. The stems are typical Cherry MX stems, so they can easily be customized if the desire is there.
Even though the steel plate is indeed painted red, that is not what you are sewing at this time. What you are looking at, surrounding the individually lit Cherry MX Red switches, is the rubber membrane which ensures the near impossibility of getting liquid into the switch. The torsion bars are built in to stay clear of the membrane, and doing so keeps openings in the membrane to a minimum.
The frame is two-piece, and it is easy to tell both components are made of plastic. Some of the buttons stay mounted in the top section, but most them come out with the steel plate and PCB. The lower section at the back is ribbed, which works two ways. Not only does it eliminate vibration by supporting the PCB, but it also channels liquids to the side holes and to the bottom to eradicate it as quickly as possible.
The solder points found on the green PCB are done well, but there are slight hints of flux residue found in various locations. We also located the pen marks around the groups of solder points odd, but it could have been the QC team addressing a prior issue which has been fixed.
We are a bit surprised to see the LPC11U37F-501 MCU used in the K68. This chip is a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 based processor with onboard memory, which we feel is overkill for the feature set, but more is better than not enough horsepower to drive the keyboard.
We took this image so that you could see the entirety of the red rubber membrane which surrounds all the steel plate and ensures the main keys are not affected by spills. We also found a second membrane which covers the multimedia keys, Windows lock, and the LED intensity button. The second membrane locks into the red one, to make sure it isn't a point of access for penetration.
The last thing to do with the K68 is to see what it looks like when it is powered on. By default, the K68 has all the LEDs on at the brightest intensity. The buttons at the top are much dimmer in lighting, but the white LED lock indicator LEDs are visible without much effort looking for them.
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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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