One of the more exciting announcements at CES this year, to me anyway, was CORSAIR's new wireless peripheral setup including a keyboard and mouse, and accessories to accompany those we will get to separately in due time. When Logitech brought out wireless mechanical gaming devices last year with a promise of no lag compared to similar wired solutions, we knew it would only be a matter of time before others followed. AZIO gave us a piece of the pie with their MK MAC BT. AIZO's keyboard was more of an entry level wireless mechanical keyboard compared even to their own flagship that is coming later this year, however, which makes the K63 Wireless from CORSAIR the first enthusiast gaming keyboard we look at with a rated 1 ms response time over a 2.4 GHz network. Thanks again to CORSAIR for providing us with a review sample.
Nearly a year ago, CORSAIR came out with the K63 keyboard, a plastic keyboard with a TKL form factor that confused consumers with its naming scheme which sought to replace their own STRAFE series by providing more budget friendly peripherals. Gone was the aluminum top plate, volume scroll wheel, and RGB backlighting. Instead, by adding in red-only backlighting, simpler but still dedicated media buttons, and retaining support for their software driver, it carved out a niche for itself among their own lineup of keyboards that currently consists of ten globally sold lines, and that is before we get into switches and special edition variations. It made sense to use it as the base for the wireless version, and the K63 Wireless is thus named appropriately. We can see most of the keyboard here is the same, with other smaller changes done, including a change from red to blue backlighting and two more indicator LEDs which cater to the wireless connectivity options. We will go through the entire keyboard, inside and out, in this review which begins with a look at the specifications below.
|Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard|
|Layout:||TKL form factor (>87 total keys) in the US ANSI layout; other language support depending on your region.|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, steel plate|
|Weight:||1.09 kg / 2.40 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover|
|Dimensions:||173 (L) x 366 (W) x 41 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||Not applicable|
|Switch Type:||Cherry MX Red mechanical switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, in blue ("ice blue" for the special edition)|
|Interface:||Wireless 2.4 GHz/Bluetooth 4.2 LE|