Corsair has joined Razer, Mionix, Thermaltake and others in the mechanical keyboard business, unleashing a volley of gaming peripherals during the Intel Developer Forum today, including two keyboards and two mice. The Vengeance K60 and M60 (keyboard and mouse) are designed with first-person shooters in mind, while the Vengeance K90 and M90 are geared toward MMO and RTS gamers.
Both of the new keyboards feature Cherry MX Red switches, which have a non-tactile, non-clicky actuation. Cherry's Red switches are similar to the Black switches used in popular boards such as the SteelSeries 7G. They both have a linear (smooth) key travel, Reds are just significantly lighter to press (~45g versus ~60g to actuate and ~60g versus ~80g peak force at the bottom of the key stroke).
The spec sheets mention a "metal top plate" and it looks like both boards have plate-mounted switches. It's also worth noting that instead of sitting in a recessed bezel, there doesn't seem to be anything blocking horizontal access to the underside of the keys. This should make them easier to access with compressed air, but we assume this also means they're more prone to accumulating debris.
They also feature 20-key rollover (support for up to 20 simultaneous key presses), six multimedia keys, a USB pass-through connector, and the ability to lock the Windows key. From there, things get a bit different. The K60 ($110) uses a more conventional layout but adds a rubber textured surface to the WSAD and 1-6 keys, whereas the K90 ($130) has backlighting and a massive bank of macro keys.
Likewise, Corsair's new mice share many specs, but have their own particularities. Both utilize the 5700 DPI Avago ADNS-9500 sensor (the same technology in the Logitech G500, G9x, SteelSeries Xai and others). Some gamers have criticized the ADNS-9500 for having positive acceleration issues, but plenty of people seem happy with the aforementioned rodents so don't let that scare you away.
The M60 ($70) has a body shape that looks more suitable for fingertip users along with eight programmable buttons, including a thumb-oriented "sniper" button for quick DPI adjustments. Meanwhile, the M90 ($80) has a bulkier contoured profile for palm grip users alongside 15 programmable buttons. All of the products are available through Corsiar's online store and should appear elsewhere soon.
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