As you can see, the keyboard is a much more standard layout than the K90; there are the normal 105 keys and media controls in the upper right hand corner. The keyboard’s brushed aluminium chassis is a nice design choice; as well as looking quite good it allows you to clean under the keys much more easily than a standard keyboard.
The standard keys use Cherry MX Red mechanical switches. These are very light linear switches, which actuate at 45g (compared to the 60g required to actuate the other common linear switch, the Black.) The use of the term ‘linear’ here means that there is no tactile bump as you press down, as you’d find on the Cherry MX Brown or Blue, and no distinctive loud click as you’d hear on the Blue. However, the switches do still sound a bit louder than a normal rubber dome keyboard, although this depends on how fast you’re typing and whether you’re bottoming out on the keys or not.
Sadly, not all of the keys are mechanical. Corsair have said that this is to prevent accidental double-tapping of these keys, which is quite easy due to the Red switches low actuation force. The affected keys are the Function keys (F1-Print Screen) and the Insert/Delete cluster. These keys use fairly high quality rubber domes instead, which you can see here.
The keycaps are all fairly standard quality single injection keycaps. Some users have reported excess wear on these keys in the first weeks of use, but I haven’t noticed these issues on the K60 (or the K90, which I have been using for about six weeks now.)
As stated earlier, the K60 also comes with red keycaps for use on the WASD cluster and 1-6 number keys, although you could potentially use them pretty much anywhere. These keycaps have a rubberised ridged surface, allowing you to quickly identify the WASD cluster and 1-6 number keys without looking down. The keycaps are nicely stored inside the wrist rest, along with a handy key puller for quick swaps without damaging anything.
The other big feature of the keyboard is the media controls, which are the same as those found on the K90. There are four buttons in a row, corresponding to Skip Backward, Stop, Play/Pause and Skip Forward. Above this row is a mute button, as well as a clever volume roller. This dial is embedded quite nicely into the keyboard, and offers fine grained control over the volume – a nice touch. There’s also a button which disables the Windows key, if you find that you’re accidentally triggering it during frantic play.
The keyboard also contains a pass-through USB port, which is perfect for your mouse or a thumb-drive. The USB cable itself is of high quality, with a mesh covering that should stand up to some abuse – perfect for the frequent LAN-goer.
With the red keycaps on and the wrist rest installed, we’re ready to go. Let’s get to the testing!