Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Back when mechanical keyboards started to become mainstream, there was one thing we always thought was missing. Even years ago, wireless mice were widely available, even if the technology was still in its infancy, but there was very little talk about mechanical keyboards moving in this direction. Over the years, mice got better, more responsive, and the feel of input lag has been addressed, making wireless mice as good as wired ones. With advances going the way they have, it has allowed manufacturers to deliver wireless keyboards, which has fulfilled a desire that we have had for a very long time.
While many makers offered wireless keyboards in the past, two things were typically left out of the mix. First and foremost are the mechanical switches. Yes, you could buy membrane keyboards about anywhere, but once we move into mechanical keyboards, we knew we were never going back to soft, muddy feeling switches, which let's be honest, is more or less old hat these days. The next thing to consider is backlighting. Some previous models of wireless keyboards did offer it, but being based on membrane switches, we never gave them a second look. The time has come, however, where technology allows makers to not only deliver a wireless mechanical keyboard but ones with backlighting too, taking wireless devices into the next evolution.
At this time, we have for you, the Corsair K63 wireless mechanical keyboard, which incorporates the features we wanted most. Not only is this keyboard wireless in the traditional sense, but Corsair also made it Bluetooth capable, which means it connects to PC, but just about any mobile device as well. Sticking to many features which have made other Corsair keyboards a hot commodity, the K63 is not the run of the mill offering. It keeps gaming oriented features, and it works with the CUE software so it can be programmed. If we connected a dead cable to this keyboard for a blind test of performance, you would be hard-pressed to say that this product was not wired directly to the PC, which is the most significant hurdle for this type of device.
The K63 Wireless mechanical keyboard that we received is based on Cherry MX red switches, which is the top choice for the bulk of buyers out there. It is a TKL design which offers eighty-seven keys, all of which are backlit with blue LEDs. All told, the K63 Wireless weighs in at 1090 grams, and dimensionally it is 365mm wide, it is 174mm deep, and stands 38mm tall. The frame of the keyboard is made of two parts, both of which are plastic, and both of which are black to match the keycaps. On top of all of this, there are also multimedia keys as well, but those are all backed with membrane switches and have no LED backlighting.
The K63 can be used with the wire, which is also how the device is charge within an hour or so, or it can be used wirelessly, of course, but this is the first keyboard we have seen to require USB 3.0 or better. By default, the keyboard delivers NKRO support with full anti-ghosting, the wireless mode is 2.4GHz, and for Bluetooth, you do need at least version 4.2 to make it function, and the range is up to 33 feet from whatever device it is connected to. There is a Windows lockout key present, there is a wrist rest sent in the box, the cable is not braided, and it utilizes CUE 2.X or newer software. Battery life is shown to be up to 25 hours with the LEDs dimmed, and up to 75 hours with the LEDs off. Lastly, should anything go wrong with the K63 Wireless mechanical gaming keyboard, it is backed by a two-year warranty.
When it comes to the price, we are pleasantly surprised with what we are seeing. While many companies would tend to dig deep into a customer's pocket for something this advanced, at either Amazon or Newegg, we see the same price tag. The K63 Wireless is priced at just $106.99 at this time, and we feel that this is a wonderful price point. We also see a second version of the keyboard, which is sold as a Special Edition. Rather than being offered with deep blue LED lighting, the K63 Wireless SE is shipped with Ice Blue LEDs, but the rest of the device remains the same. What makes this SE even better, is that to obtain it, you need only to pay another $1.50 to have it. Either of the options is up to you as to which to buy, but we can tell you, the money invested is well worth it.
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