Today we are taking a look at the Corsair K60 RGB Pro Mechanical Keyboard. Corsair is probably one of the best known and highest priced mechanical gaming keyboards on the market. The K95 Platinum is over $200, this one however is in a bit more budget friendly with pricing set at $79.99.
The Corsair K60 tries to remove a lot of the extra features of its higher priced cousins to make it a more affordable offering for the gamer on a bit of a tighter budget. Despite its lower price you still get full per key RGB lighting experience and a brushed aluminum top plate and cherry branded switches.
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Keyboard
Release Date: October 2020
Corsair in going after a full layout keyboard on the Corsair K60 RGB Pro has surprisingly not cut out all that much compared to other companies. Competitors like Razer and Steelseries tend to use a hybrid system with part membrane part mechanical switches.
You do lose some nice features that you might be used to, like a volume wheel or macro/media keys. Conversly you do have media keys that can be used with a function key, but its not the same as dedicated pause and skip buttons.
If you want a wrist rest you’ll have to pony up another $10 for the SE model of the Corsair K60. The nickeling and diming here seems a bit much but I digress.
The cable is a thin rubber unlike the braided cable on my Corsair Strafe MK.2, and has a slightly thicker rubber as a reinforcement by where it attaches to the keyboard.
This might seem like a minor gripe but on more premium keyboards a bent or torn wire isn’t an issue or in the ASUS STRIX Scope TKL we reviewed prior.
These premium keyboards have a detachable USB-C cable – which honestly is the best option since you can replace it with any cable you might like.
Now you can change the RGB lights with the iCue software, but I personally have always had issues with iCue and dislike it. Some other users have raved about it but again, personally I’ve always disliked the experience.
I tend to hate adding more software than is needed to my Windows install. I must mention though that iCue allows you to set up custom macros as well as change lighting features, so for some this can absolutely be a game changer.
The keys included in this keyboard are Cherry Viola which feel like a cheaper MX Red, they aren’t ideal and feel a little loose and very smooth with what feels like a short travel distance. This might be good for some but are a little too too squishy even for me who is used to using MX Silent switches.
However if you aren’t too picky these should be fine and are better than pretty much every membrane keyboard on the market. Personally I’d put these below Kali switches by a small margin.
The actuation point on these keys are short with a long travel distance so it’s harder to “bottom out” when typing than with other keys, which is one of the best parts of this keyboard.
It’s important here to understand most of my time using this keyboard was spent writing, and as a writer typing up articles or scripts or sending out emails this wasn’t a great experience and took me a while to limit my typos.
This feels like a “mushy” red switch though, so for gaming this was fine and I played a few titles like Rainbow Six and Starcraft 2 and I had little issue switching back and forth.
The key caps themselves are also rather short but I believe would not be classified as “low profile” but still rather short. For me, again, this wasn’t a huge deal but a minor annoyance.
That being said this is a full keyboard I have used the Corsair K60 for about 2 months now, and my opinions are mostly positive aside from these gripes.
It might seem like I am being rather negative here, but I type constantly and generally the type of people who read keyboard reviews are quite picky and have very specific demands.
If you aren’t going to be typing ten thousand words a day or gaming for several hours on the keyboard a day the Corsair K60 is a fine keyboard.
This keyboard is definitely lighter than a lot of the more premium options but not by a whole lot, but could be packed away a bit easier than other keyboards on the market.
The Corsair K60 is also not very gaudy in its branding with a small sail logo on the top right and a K60 lettering on the bottom left of they keyboard.
In terms of portability the Corsair K60 RGB Pro can probably fit in most backpacks or carry on luggage without taking up the whole bag. So, if you need a full sized keyboard for travel this might not be a bad option though I feel most people would opt for a TKL keyboard for this purpose.
For my conclusion here I think the Corsair K60 is great keyboard and does a good job for its price point. There are cheaper keyboards out there, but for what it’s priced and considering that it’s a good option, it should be widely available.
I feel very comfortable recommending the Corsair K60 to most people and for all but the most hardcore keyboard enthusiast should be absolutely fine with it.
The typing is above average, the features are relatively strong for a budget option, and the Corsair K60 RGB Pro packs most of what you’d want into this price point.
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