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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  • METALMORPHASIS - Saturday, February 18, 2012 - link

    With my $7 dollar USB keyboard. Reply
  • Ebonstar - Saturday, February 18, 2012 - link

    A great many people have no problem with the keyboard they use. Mechanical keyboards are generally for those that need precise / fast typing or some other perk such as Cherry blacks for gaming. Certainly I wouldn't have a problem recommending a cheap membrane keyboard for a family member knowing they don't need to pump out 100+ wpm on a regular basis. Reply
  • KoolAidMan1 - Sunday, February 19, 2012 - link

    Then don't start using mechanical keyboards. I started using them about a year ago and using a membrane keyboard is like torture now. Ignorance is bliss if you're trying to save money. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Sunday, February 19, 2012 - link

    He's just trolling.

    I mean, how could he be doing anything other than trolling? Who would read a review about a mechanical keyboard that he knows will cost far more than he's willing to spend? If he's not trolling, he has a serious self-esteem issue and feels the need to denigrate others to make himself feel better.

    In either case, he's not really interested in whether or not the keyboard would provide him with a better experience. He came here to elicit emotional reactions (troll), or sneer. Either way, he's not interested in what people recommend.
    Reply
  • martin5000 - Sunday, February 19, 2012 - link

    Or maybe he just has a different opinion to you? Reply
  • Sunsmasher - Sunday, February 19, 2012 - link

    Right Reply
  • MobiusStrip - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - link

    different opinion FROM you Reply
  • Bownce - Friday, June 29, 2012 - link

    In Russia, opinions TO you! Reply
  • Omega215D - Sunday, February 19, 2012 - link

    Which is why there should be a couple of warnings then a full ban to people that troll. Reply
  • espaghetti - Sunday, February 19, 2012 - link

    I eat a lot at my desk.
    Dropping juice from my filet mignon on my $15 HP keyboard, I shrug.
    Spill anything on brushed aluminum that costs $129 and I'm going to express an emotional reaction.
    Not willing to change my eating habits, so i buy a cheap keyboard every 3 or 4 years.
    It hasn't hurt my KDR in my FPS games one bit. :)
    Reply

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