Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
At about this time last year, we took our first look at Corsair's offering into the spill-proof keyboard market with the K68. Since then, Corsair is taking another shot at the same idea, but this time with three significant changes to the design and feature set. What we do know from various videos found on the internet, as we would prefer to test our keyboards when and if a mistake happens, you can pour water over the keyboard and into the keys, and the K68 will continue to work. Mainly, this is dues to a rubber membrane that covers the sides of the switches, along with built-in holes, which allows the water to pass through the keyboard, without causing a short to the device. Perfect for those constantly splining drinks, or anyone who plans to type around splashing water.
In the latest version from Corsair, the most significant change is the move from red LEDs to RGB LEDs, which is a huge selling point for those looking for patterns of lighting or being able to match all components in the system with the same color LEDs. The second change comes about due to the RGB LEDs. Where the original had a red membrane to match the LED color, Corsair had to move to an opaque white membrane this time, to allow the keyboard to be flooded with RGB lighting, so it was not just passing through the top of the keycaps. The last thing to change is the software. Where it used to be clunky, and you needed multiple instances to run for various devices used, this new keyboard is part of the all-encompassing iCUE software.
What we have for you today is the aptly named K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. With many of the thing the same as before, including the type of switches used, we do not expect to see much that will surprise us. However, with what has changed, it takes a keyboard that is cool in its own right, and brings it up to today's standards. That being said, we should dive right in and show off everything the K68 RGB has to offer, and highlight what will bring in new customers, and possibly even convert owners of the original K68 as well.
Following what we see in the chart from the Corsair K68 RGB product page, we find that a two-year warranty covers the keyboard. Weight has increased from 1.12kg of the K68 to now 1.41kg, but the 455mm by 170mm by 39mm dimensions remain the same. Of course, there is RGB backlighting in this model and our layout us a US QWERTY 104-key setup. Just like the original, the K68 RGB utilizes Cherry MX Red switches, and this wired keyboard has a spill-resistant cover. The frame is made of plastic, top, and bottom, and we also get multimedia keys, Windows lock functionality, and a detachable wrist rest.
Other things that can be found in the K68 RGB include things like full NKRO support and 100% anti-ghosting, so that not a single key press is lost, no matter how fast your fingers are. There is a bit of onboard memory to save Macros and profiles, but you can also store an abundance of them on PC storage, so that you can swap them out as needed, without running out of room on the keyboard. The last thing that is important, at least to us, is the software. While it is stated that the K68 RGB uses CUE 2.X or higher software for full control, it has been added to the device ID list of the newer iCUE software too.
When it comes to finding the K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, you have a couple of reliable options. You can go to Corsair and buy it directly from them at the $119.99 MSRP for starters. There is also the option to look to Newegg for it, where we see it listed at $118.79 with free shipping at this time. You could use Amazon to purchase it, but the pricing we saw there was around $160 from random sellers. Considering when the K68 released, the MSRP was set at $99.99, the twenty dollar bump in cost to get RGB lighting, retain the spill-resistance, and get to enjoy the ease of iCUE software, we feel the jump is worth it, and at near $120, you will find many others with similar features will cost you much more to obtain.
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