Conclusion: Strong Out of the Gate

I'll come right out and say that I've been looking for a new keyboard to replace my aging and decrepit Microsoft Reclusa for a long time, and for me, the Corsair Vengeance K90 is it. The backlighting, the wrist rest, the mechanical switches, the recessed configurable keys, the USB 2.0 port built into the top using a passthrough...the K90 is definitely an excellent piece of kit, and it feels like it was designed by people who used other gaming keyboards and felt like those products just weren't cutting the mustard. With all that in mind, I think there are still some reservations.

I have concerns about the paint and treatment used for the keycaps on the K90 being able to hold up over time, and I feel like the software definitely does need a little bit more work and fine tuning. The USB passthrough is appreciated, but with a dedicated connection wouldn't it have been just as easy to offer more than one USB port on the keyboard itself? Right now I'm using the single port for the Vengeance mice I'm testing, but it would be nice to have a second port: one for the mouse, and one for flash drive and other USB peripherals.

The price difference between the K90 and K60 is also a little too small; in my opinion the K90 is just more preferable to the K60 and absolutely worth the extra $20 for the substantially improved functionality, comfort, and aesthetics. If anything the K60 just seems to exist to make the K90 look like a better deal, which is impressive when you're talking about keyboards that cost north of $100.

With all that in mind, it's pretty clear that despite these nitpicks Corsair has once again entered a brand new market with some very strong products. For first attempts, the Vengeance K60 and K90 both get an awful lot right, and the typing and user experiences on both of these keyboards are definitely a step above what you'll get from a garden variety membrane keyboard.

It's up to you to decide if they're worth the investment; I think the $109 and $129 price tags are both a little too steep and the keyboards would both be more compelling at $89 and $119 respectively, if not $79 and $109. If you're willing to shell out for one, the K90 is pretty much directly superior to its less expensive sibling and worth the extra $20. But really, I wouldn't fault anyone for buying either one despite the prices: these are excellent keyboards and, in my opinion, a cut above any gaming keyboards anyone else is producing.

The Corsair Vengeance K60 and K90 in Action
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  • **USA** - Monday, May 21, 2012 - link

    You will be sorry if you buy this keyboard! The letters faded from the keys in 3 weeks and it is VERY, VERY noisy! Their customer service refused to replace the keys. Reply
  • dilmonen - Sunday, July 01, 2012 - link

    Really interesting to see the resurgence of all the mechanical switch keyboards.

    Been using a couple of models with the Cherry switches from DeCK for years now.

    I've got their 82 key toxic with 21 key number pad & a white Legend DeCK.

    http://www.deckkeyboards.com/
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  • tpayne37664 - Saturday, September 15, 2012 - link

    I have read a lot about these boards and the mice also. I got a k90 and m90 and had to return 1 m90 and 1 k90. the k90's seem to have a habit of coming with dead led's and the m90's seem to be prone to failed firmware flashing which the software you download says "upgrade firmware before installing drivers" I replaced the m90 with another 1 and did not update firmware and it works great programming works too. The k90 i decided to opt for a different non programable board a CM Storm QuickFire Pro and pulled my old razer nostromo out and dusted it off for macro's no real difference in macro buttons as both k90 and nostromo have membrane keys for the programmable keys also the f keys and home cluster of keys on k90 are membrane Reply
  • taltamir - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - link

    BUYER BEWARE
    This keyboards have a huge and serious firmware bug that is still not fixed and corsair wont own up to.

    Check: http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=11017...

    I bought this expensive keyboard based on this review and was very disappointed due to said firmware bug. This review should really have pointed out its existence.
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