So Santa finally made up my mind – well that and my wallet actually. Merry Christmas to me – or is it?
Well the short answer has to be yes. It is a merry acquaintance so far. The keyboard you may have already seen is a keyboard without the top casing leaving the keys and switches bare on a lower casing of aluminium. This gives the keyboard a rather huge contrast and IMO cool look. It helps to keep the keyboard clean and it looks pretty nice on the desk. The keyboard uses cherry red switches and rubber domes. The main keys are all red switches, the arrow keys and the num-pad, but the print screen and page up down and Esc to F12 are all rubber-domes. This distracts a bit when you are typing and moving around in windows environment, but if you switch the standard black keys to the red ones (sent with the keyboard and placed in the wrist support) you are using this keyboard mainly for gaming – and with all rights. Even though I’m typing on it now – the red switches are not as nice to type on as the blue ones I have on my QPad KM-80. That said – the red are really nice for gaming. The K60 has keys 1-6 and WASD keys with a textured coating and the WASD are sloped to centre in the movement keys. No backlight and 1 extra USB 2 port and no audio pass through makes it a wee bit low on the extra’s and the wrist support leaves a lot to desire. Now onto the scores:
Not much to say here. The keyboard is in a general height, not too high and not too low. The keys are standard keys with 4 mm strike length and the reds are without any tactile feedback. The keyboard do has the feature to be raised but in the back and in the front. That’s good. The bottom low is the wrist support that is only helpful in FPS gaming – all other gaming it is in the way and while typing it is a pain. The wrist can’t be adjusted at all and sits firmly attached once installed. I made a small mod since I like it in Battlefield 3 – and added two rubber feet to the bottom, thus enabling me to place it where I want since the standard placement isn’t stellar for me.
It feels and behaves with quality. The keys are superb, the aluminum and the sturdiness on the desk is top-notch, the media keys are an added bonus and the scrolling volume control is lovely – then you hit ALT + F4 or quick saves in-game – hitting F5 – and the rubber dome sinks that feeling. The NKRO 20 keys and plug and play is easy and working flawlessly so far. This with the simplicity and overall quality still gives a good score.
typing – get another keyboard, this is for gamers and as such the keyboard only lacks backlit keys – but the contrast on the keys are good enough to suffice in a low lit room for gaming and the rubber keys help to find your ways enough to not distract the handling. The red switches is of course the benefit here and those ae excellent for gaming and decent for typing. But they can’t push the blues from typing top and as such – the QPad MK-80 is a better generalist then the K60 but the K60 is great for gaming. The lock WIN key also adds to make this a gamers keyboard.
Score: 23 (for generalist or typists 19)
No drivers needed, media keys and 1 USB slot. Not much else and a wrist support that shouldn’t have been made or simply – skip the writ support and go all reds for top score. Now – the 20 feels adequate considering the things is does well outshines the bad things – and you don’t need the wrist support.
This is a good keyboard and since it is priced lower than some of its competitors, it is a solid buy. I can warmly recommend it and now that gaming is top priority – I think it will stay my main keyboard, but for essays, writing longer texts – I will plug-in the MK-80
Final score: 85
Corsair M60 is a mouse that should be the FPS companion of the K60. It has 3 DPI settings that can be controlled via drivers, and have two thumb buttons and a sniper button al’a the CYBORG R.A.T. That and three weights on a sturdy base of aluminum base and a good laser engine makes the statement true. It looks only slightly more comfortable than the R.A.T and even though you can’t screw around ( pun intended 😉 ) with it – IMP it has a rather nice feel even though it is a bit broad for me. Coming from the Xai and Sensei as mice of the desktop – this takes some time getting used to but once you start gaming, get the feel for the rather easy triggered left and right button – it is really nice. The two thumb buttons looks like mistakes but also makes the job. Only real complaint from me is that the sniper button feels a bit too off and becomes tricky when gaming. Holding it together with the right button for scoping and sniping sense makes the movement already impaired and adding lower sense – well I hope to get used to it because when it works it is really nice, but when you feel awkward and clumsy by it – you tend to swear a lot.
Even though the looks doesn’t quite support it, the mouse has a nice touch to it. As always, best way to figure out the ergonomics for you is to try before you buy. It is a bit more of height then the Sensei and Xai, but less than the QPad 5K. The sides have a rough plastic making gripping easy and the top is a soft matte plastic coating. The scroll wheel has a nice height and weight to it. The three buttons (sniper button included) are mostly easily accessible, but I would have preferred the sniper button to be smaller and closer to the two thumb buttons.
The mouse feels sturdy and solid par for one thing – the scroll wheel is rather a loose affair and if you shake finger on it – no problems but so far – it may be a concern in the future of quality. 2 years warranty does however ease my mind some about it. The rest is really nice and the mouse being for right-handed people, the braided cord is bot in the middle but on the left side of the mouse makes it a though through product.
As with the K60, the M60 is for gaming. The engine, the set-ups etc leaves little to wish for. It has a very nice flow on the mouse pads and the feet are brand new and even though I don’t like the black feet – these made me switch to an old cloth mat since the weight and glide surpassed the Sensei. The weight system is fairly straight forward, unscrew the three screws in the bottom and remove the weights. Screw back the screws or leave out for even lighter mouse. To make sure your pad is up to speed – the mouse and drivers from corsair.com/vengeance includes a surface evaluation feature. Nice. The mouse fits fairly well for either claw and palm – that said with the mention that my hands are pretty small – claw seems to be the preferred handling here otherwise. The small strip on the back of the mouse fits me – but some consider it a bit too small for comfort. I end up mostly in a semi clawed style and enjoy the M60.
No drivers needed, but to make any settings and setups, you need to download, nothing comes with the mouse from start. The driver has everything you need but due to me not using scripts in gaming – I can’t really tell you how that works, but all the features with timing, and instances are there. The driver works pretty easy and the mouse stores the settings so no need for the program to always run in the task bar. Changing stuff takes no effort and where other mouses have had their fair share of troubles writing the settings to the mouse – the M60 does so effortlessly. One major gripe however is that the OnScreenDispaly of switching DPI or profile, takes you out of full screen games. I noticed this with mainly Battlefield 3…
This is a nice mouse and the 3 DPI settings and sniper button makes it a real nice companion in gaming. It does however feel a bit off when you are not in a game and compared to the Sensei or Xai you also lack the many settings to deal with in behaviour of the mouse. Granted – the M60 is doing a great job with precision and feel to begin with and Steelseries feels like the mouse champion right now – but I would say that this mouse surely gives the Sensei a run for its money. This still has the chance to kick the Sensei from the desktop for good if it continue to perform and the small gripes I have proves to be only an adjustment phase.
Reading up on the score, I even thought it was a bit low, but I may come back here and change it later on. The mouse feels like the tall child of the G9 and Xai with a bit of relation to the CYBORG R.A.T…
Final score: 83