I was just about to write this review when I came across a pretty hilarious Reddit thread where the poster had submitted his take on what a CORSAIR 60% keyboard would look like. This hypothetical keyboard was based on the company's recently released flagship K100 keyboard, and I had to chuckle knowing that there actually was a 60% keyboard from CORSAIR that was going to be announced less than a week later that was nowhere near as extravagant as that mock-up. CORSAIR tells me that this keyboard has been in the works for a couple of years now, and the stars have finally aligned today as we take a look at their first ever 60% keyboard.
Oh gosh, my complaints about the CORSAIR keyboard naming scheme just got another point. The CORSAIR K65 was and still is a TKL form factor keyboard. So was the K63, for that matter. Going one step lower in the numbering scheme gets you into the membrane keyboard range as long as you forget about the K83. So with the K65 RGB MINI, you are inviting unnecessary questions. It's a good thing then that there is nothing else in the CORSAIR portfolio like it. This is the company's first small form factor keyboard to date. PBT doubleshot keycaps, standard bottom-row spacing, and now a 60% keyboard. Here, CORSAIR seems to be gunning for the enthusiast keyboard market just as much as their bread-and-butter gaming peripheral market. To kick off this review, let's see what the K65 RGB MINI brings to the table with a look at the specifications below, and thanks again to CORSAIR for sending TechPowerUp a review sample!
[Update: March 16] Three review samples!
|CORSAIR K65 RGB MINI Keyboard|
|Layout:||60% form factor in a US ANSI layout, language support dependent on region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||0.58 kg/1.28 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Available as a layered function|
|Dimensions:||105 (L) x 294 (W) x 44 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Red, Silent Red, or Speed (Silver) RGB switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB lighting|