Corsair K60 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
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The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Corsair has some of the flashiest and best gaming keyboards on the market, which also means it has some of the most expensive. However, the new Corsair K60 range is the vendor’s attempt to offer some of the best cheap mechanical keyboards under $100. The Corsair K60 Pro ($79.99) is similar to our test subject, but with only red backlighting. There’s also the more expensive K60 RGB Pro SE ($99.99) and K60 RGB Pro Low-Profile ($109.99). Landing in the middle is our review focus, the Corsair K60 RGB Pro at $89.99.
You get the full RGB experience per key, as well as beautiful brushed aluminum and even Cherry-branded mechanical switches. But these Cherry Viola switches aren’t the MX style you’re used to and have a distracting look that constantly reminds you of their budget nature. But because Corsair used a new, cheaper Cherry Viola mechanical switch, it was able to make the rest a little more expensive. And really, you want mechanical switches because they’re faster, last longer, and have N-key rollover with 100% anti-ghosting, so your individual keystrokes are registered no matter how fast your fingers move.
With the quest to reclaim what the OG K60 brought to Corsair, it was time to rethink the whole build. What Corsair has come up with is not only impressive at first glance, but they also packed some tricks, chose to use some new Cherry switches that we haven’t used anywhere else, delivering one of the most updated products with a nostalgic name. Throw everything you think you know about the K60 series keyboards out the window. What you’re going to be looking at has to be the best-featured mechanical keyboard Corsair has to offer at a more than reasonable price for what you get.
The Corsair K60 RGB Pro SE is a boilerplate mechanical gaming keyboard with a few minor details that are especially impressive due to the keyboard’s price. The standard full-size measures 1.44 by 17.31 by 5.31 inches (HWD), or 1.44 by 17.31 by 8.44 inches if you factor in the slim, but well-padded palm rest. Corsair has recently overhauled its design language a bit, and some of the attractive design blooms from its uber flagship, the K100 RGB, have been filtered down to the K60 Pro line. The top plate has a sleek brushed aluminum finish that makes the keyboard look and feel like a premium product.
The palm rest, one of two improved components making the K60 RGB Pro SE $99.99 instead of $89.99, connects to the keyboard using magnetic tabs instead of fragile plastic fasteners. It’s sleek, yet plush, and has a nicely textured rubber coating. The other “fancy” part of the keyboard is a set of PBT double-shot keycaps that provide durability and clean legends.
The Viola switch is a two-stage linear switch Cherry calls CrossLinear. It has an actuating force of 45 grams and an actuation distance of 2 millimeters and a total travel distance of 4 mm. This is essentially the same as the company’s classic MX Red linear switches. However, the force required to go from 2mm to 4mm increases to 75g.
If you’re a fast gamer and a light-touch typist, you’ll get about the same feel as the MX Reds, but without the cost. However, I usually come out while typing, so they feel stiff compared to a traditional linear switch. They are generally quiet, but there is a soft plastic-on-plastic sound to them, as well as a reverberating spring sound, most noticeable from the space bar.
Build quality here is solid, with a plastic base topped with black brushed aluminum. There is no flex on the keyboard and there is no wobbling on the keys. Plus, the switch’s design really lets the LED lights beneath it shine through, and there are 10 brightness levels. The switches are also hot-swappable, so they’re easy to replace if one breaks or Cherry makes a different type of switch with the Viola’s design.
There are no media control labels on the function row keys, but the controls are there. You’ll just have to remember a little. Otherwise, the key legends are legible – not always the case with gaming keyboards – and the secondary functions are lit up with the primary so you won’t have trouble seeing them in the dark.
The lighting on the K60 RGB PRO is RGB, adjustable to the per-key level, and is the brightest of any Corsair keyboard to date. The polling rate comes next, which is the job of the MCU to deliver that 1000Hz rating and happens to be a 32-bit ARM processor from NXP. Switches come next, and they happen to be Cherry VIOLA switches. These switches use a two-stage spring, requiring 45 grams of force to operate them, but turning them off requires 75 grams of force. These switches are linear, with the sound of bottoming out and the neutral return of the keys being the only sound you hear, with no conventional click associated with much louder spring switches.
What follows is more of a checklist, where we see that the keyboard supports NKRO with 100% anti-ghosting, so that any presses on the keyboard are registered. There are multimedia controls. There is a Windows lock. There is onboard memory for your iCUE settings and non-iCUE usage. The wire is attached to the K60 RGB PRO, but is USB 3.1 for connectivity. This same cable is 6 feet long and covered in non-tangling rubber, rather than getting the sleeved treatment.
The K60 RGB Pro SE gets another leg up over most other cheap mechanical keyboards, thanks to Corsair’s configuration software. iCue is a polished program that lets you remap keys, create macros, and change your RGB lighting. Many companies competing in the low end of the gaming keyboard market – mechanical or otherwise – tend to skimp on software, offer confusing and/or janky apps, or sometimes skip them altogether. iCue is reliable and makes it possible to make changes quickly.
That said, the K60 RGB Pro SE feels slightly underpowered as it can’t store custom keyboard mapping profiles in the onboard storage. Even at this price, many gaming keyboards offer some ability to store profiles on the keyboard, in case you use your keyboard with a secondary PC. Since iCue can store an unlimited number of profiles locally, this only becomes a problem when you move away from your home PC or needs to do a clean install of the software, so most players won’t notice this very often. Yet it is a feature that other keyboards in this price range have and the K60 RGB Pro SE lacks.
The K60 RGB Pro SE delivers a solid mechanical typing experience at the lower end of the category’s price point. Perhaps more importantly, for its polished look, premium software and luxury features like PBT double-shot keys and a palm rest, the K60 RGB Pro SE doesn’t feel like a budget keyboard. Being a cheaper mechanical keyboard, there are some quality concessions to be expected: the jingling keys will certainly annoy some players, as many fans of mechanical keyboards care as much about how the keys sound as how they feel. Still, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a small compromise. The K60 RGB Pro SE rides neck-and-neck with the HyperX Alloy Origins, the Editors’ Choice award winner for mid-range mechanical keyboards. It’s a great way to dip your toe into the pool of mechanical keyboards without spending a lot of money.
The Corsair K60 RGB Pro is one of the supplier’s cheapest mechanical keyboards, but still turns out great for gaming. The switches are snappy and offer a similar and light experience to the very popular Cherry MX Reds. Low-profile keycaps give RGB free reign, while a sturdy top plate and USB connector provide extra durability.
But the switch terminals on this keyboard are hard to ignore and detract from the premium air lent by the keyboard’s brushed aluminum. The keycaps can also feel better, and you won’t get much of them features here.
The Cooler Master CK552 is $10 cheaper than the Corsair K60 RGB Pro at the time of writing and includes an aluminum top plate, plus built-in memory and more discrete (Gateron) switches in linear, tactile, or clickable options. If you want something that falls more clearly into the budget category, the Aukey KM-G12 is also well-built with bright RGB and costs just $55.
Corsair also has additional K60 options. The K60 Pro ($80) is $10 cheaper than the K60 RGB Pro we tested, but it only has red backlighting. There’s also the K60 RGB Pro Low-Profile ($110) with Cherry MX Low Profile Speed switches and K60 RGB Pro SE ($100), which upgrades the keycaps and adds a detachable wrist rest.
But if you still like the stripped-down look of this keyboard and want high-end customization software and some thoughtful premium touches, the K60 RGB Pro is worth considering.
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