There are a few things we need to get out right away with the K68, but nothing we are going to mention is a deal killer for this mechanical gaming keyboard. We do think that Corsair could have added rubber pads to the end of the extendable feet on the bottom of the keyboard. To us, this is a must for gaming keyboards, and the difference in build cost could not be that much more to eliminate it is lieu of keeping the price at a respectable level.
We did miss the aluminum top plate, but we do know that is an expensive addition, and with the drive to assemble a spill resistant keyboard, plastic is much friendlier to clean and maintain. We also found a 32-bit MCU at the helm of the K68 and seeing this raised our expectations of what we could do inside of the CUE software, but our hopes were dashed a bit, as we did not see many things which we do in other software suites. Again, none of this is detrimental to the K68, but they are shortcomings when comparing the K68 to most others in the Corsair mechanical keyboard lineup.
On the flip side, we do find the K68 to be structurally solid in the build, with little flex and no vibration. Many like that Corsair uses Cherry MX Red switches, many do not care for RGB lighting, and if the default settings are already set to the best level they can be, we do not see the need to have the ability to lessen them. The modes of lighting and customization will keep you busy for a while, picking out your favorite, or setting up a system that works best for you. There is the ability to remap, add in Macros, or do just about anything you want to with the keys on the keyboard, and you can even set them to various profiles which will launch with an application too.
We have found that while we have spent many hours using our K68 for business and pleasure, it is sufficient for many potential customers out there. It may not be an over the top solution with all the bells and whistles, but what the K68 brings to the table, it does these things properly, without much to knock it down a peg.
In what we were delivered, and what the K68 is cable of once the CUE software is involved, we feel that Corsair is justified asking $99.99 for this keyboard. Being aware that sales are already afoot, it may be wise to wait around for the next sale on the K68 to show up, because at the $79.99 price we could have bought it for today, we would have no doubts when clicking on the buy button. The styling is something we are already used to with various other Corsair keyboards, functionality and extra buttons are welcomed, and the K68 is spill resistant on a level that many others are not.
When it is all said and done, even with the minor idiosyncrasies we did run into, we have no guilt in saying that the Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and its spill resistant design is something you should check out. Especially those who are prone to accidents or have already killed keyboards in the past.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX 1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: The K68 isn't the most amazing keyboard Corsair released, but it is spill resistant, the software takes it up a notch, and it is affordable! Protecting an investment for a mechanical gaming keyboard is paramount, and Corsair does their best to ensure the K68 will be around for a long time.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
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 £76.99 at Amazon UK.
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