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If I could pick one brand that made the biggest splash at Think Computers this year it would hands down be the Vengeance line of products from Corsair. I started reviewing Corsair non-component products a couple years ago with their speaker line. The transition to their input devices was smooth for me because I was already reviewing so many other input devices from other manufacturers. Every Corsair product I've reviewed personally has left a lasting impression on me; So much so that the Corsair Vengeance K90 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard is a product that I've been trying to get my hands on all year. On paper the K90 looks quite promising. I always make notion to other things that could be added or subtracted to various products and the K90 looks like it could be the porridge that Goldie Locks picks. If you remember back a few months ago I reviewed both the M60 Gaming Mouse and K60 Gaming Keyboard. The M60 made such a good impression with me that even after reviewing several other very good mice I keep going back to it. I'm hoping the K90 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard has the same lasting effect.
Of all the gaming peripherals, keyboards have to work hardest to convince you that all those backlit keys and brushed steel signify a tangible and worthwhile step up from the basic beige model. Okay, it's always going to be tangible by definition, but compared to a low-friction, high-dpi mouse, the advantages of a keyboard like the Corsair Vengeance K90 are less evident. It's designed for MMO players and so everything beyond typing the alphabet is geared toward long play sessions and macro functionality. Built to a similar design as the K60 FPS keyboard, the K90's backlit with blue LEDs that can be adjusted in four levels of intensity from off to extremely bright. We would have preferred closed-off, individually backlit keys to match the clean and clinical design language in every other element of the keyboard - the light bleeding out of the space bar and arrow keys feels messy, but it's a by product of the minimalist brushed steel chassis that otherwise exudes great build quality.Key lighting is handy not just for MMO players, but for anyone who's played a video game beyond 6pm, so it's in good stead with the gaming majority so far.
Corsair's K90 under review today is very similar to the K60, but with a few added bells and whistles to make it a little more MMO-friendly. To save repetition, it would be worth reading the original K60 review, as it covers much of the hardware as well as my thoughts on the perks of mechanical keys. This review will concentrate mostly on the software element, plus some of the more unique features of the K90. The K90 uses a similar template to the K60, but with a few extra buttons on the faceplate for macro and light control (there is backlight support), plus 18 macro keys on the left-hand side. The only other changes are no replaceable keys and no dedicated left-hand ergonomic palm rest, just a full length rest instead. First, let's show off some pictures to get an idea of the keyboard. Along the top of the board are five extra keys; four on the left and one next to the Win-lock. The four allow for live macro recording and switching between the different stored profiles. The fifth controls the brightness of the backlight. Due to the backlight, the keys are made from a semi-opaque plastic that has been coated in black with a space left for the light to pass through the symbol.
Corsair has long had a finger on the pulse of PC gaming, but with its newest keyboard, the Vengeance K90 ($129.99 direct), it scores a solid victory - the K90 is among the best high-performance keyboards you can buy. Mechanical keyboards are the way to go for high-performance gamers, with top of the line offerings like the Razer Black Widow Ultimate ($129.99 direct, 4.5 stars) and the Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate ($129.99 direct, 4.5 stars) utilizing the springy, noisy keys for their superior performance, long-term durability, and less force needed to register keystrokes. Combine this with built-in media controls, on-board memory, and a whopping 18-keys dedicated to custom macros, and the Corsair Vengeance K90 is one gaming keyboard that's hard to beat. The Vengeance K90 is a thing of beauty, machined from industrial grade brushed aluminum and bristling with raised backlit sculpted keys. Measuring 0.94 by 19.7 by 6.4 inches (HWD), the aluminum body of the keyboard makes it a bit too heavy for regular portability (3.1 pounds), but it makes for a keyboard that is stable and won't move when you don't want it to.
Keyboards have come a long way in evolution, now targeting niche groups specifically in business and gaming applications. It's just not enough for a keyboard to possess basic functionality anymore; it actually needs to perform and feel right for the user's fingers. Corsair's Vengeance K90 is not only an industrial approach targeting gamers (using elite Cherry MX Red mechanical switches), but the keyboard itself can withstand punishment and abuse. A testimony to this is the actual box it came in, which looked like it had gone through a mauler at the local shipping company. Expecting the worst, we were quite surprised to find that the keyboard made it through the shipping process completely unscathed. The Corsair Vengeance K90 keyboard is available at retailers now and is priced at $129.99. The Corsair Vengeance K90's box was actually surprisingly large and heavy, with the prominent features listed in English and French. A small clear window displays the macro-business part of the keyboard. After unpacking the keyboard from its eggshell crate, one can't help but admire the fine job done on the aluminum chassis. It's actually a giant, thick, plate that is folded perfectly in such a way to cover the entire front of the keyboard (bar the G-keys).
You already got a quick peek at the keyboard on the first page, but there is definitely more to see. With the wrist rest in place and plugged in for blue lighting you get this little snap shot. It's pretty nice looking if you ask me. I'm always a fan of blue, so maybe I'm a little biased here, but I think the glow from beneath the keys looks really nice. This might be the final product set up, if you remember from the first page, it wasn't shipped with the wrist wrest attached (we'll see how that works a little further on) and the blue lighting, that's just a perk of being plugged in – however you can always turn off the lighting. Let's take a closer look at what it took to get from the box to working. I'm a fan of Cherry MX reds, if you haven't seen the switches before or even felt them at your own finger tips, they are linear switches with a rather light feel to them. Pulling away a couple of the keys you can see how Corsair has used multiple switch options here. For the main keys, the number pad, and the arrow keys you've got the Cherry MX reds. The ESC, F1-F12, page up/page down cluster, and macro keys all have membrane pads. The keyboard somewhat denotes the change in key type with an a change in lighting as well, which I'll explain later.
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