The Corsair Gaming Keyboards and Mice Range: An Experiential Testby E. Fylladitakis on May 14, 2015 10:00 AM EST
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Several months ago, we had a thorough review of the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB mechanical keyboard. It was perhaps the most anticipated keyboard in history, amassing feverish hype months prior to its release on gaming forums. The release of the keyboard also marked the creation of a subsidiary company which would focus solely on gaming peripherals. The new division was baptized "Corsair Gaming", brought in its own marketing logo and focuses on the development of high performance gaming peripherals. In that sense, Corsair has never seemed to be a company that feared expansion and diversification. They initially started as a memory products manufacturer after all, infiltrating market after market, paving the way to the very broad products lineup and global presence that the company has today. The creation of a completely new division just for the peripherals could depict a demonstration of how much faith Corsair has that they can become a major global player in that segment of the market.
The K70 RGB also was perhaps the only keyboard in existence to collect so many negative comments about the newly found subsidiary company logo. So wrathful were Corsair's supporters regarding the new logo that even petitions pleading the company to maintain the old logo were created. That aside, the K70 RGB for the most part lived up to its hype, which was a serious accomplishment to begin with.
Today, we briefly examine the rest of the Corsair Gaming RGB series: the K65 RGB tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, the K95 RGB mechanical keyboard, the M65 RGB laser gaming mouse and the Sabre gaming mouse. Although they look very similar to the K70 RGB, there are notable differences between the keyboards that this article seeks to identify. The M65 RGB is a high performance gaming mouse designed with FPS gaming in mind, and the Sabre was first introduced shortly after Corsair Gaming was founded, ditching the "FPS-specific" design of the M65 RGB for a universal approach.
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Dapper Gentleman - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkIf functionality is indeed evenly matched between products, there is no shame in basing your choice off aesthetics.
And that logo does look like a tramp stamp.
DanNeely - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkSo does Razer's; but at least theirs goes mostly invisible if you turn the lighting off.
close - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkRazer's logo is basically the same stuff. Just with 3 branches instead of two. Oh, and also Razer's logo is slapped huge on the back of their laptops and lit up like a Christmas tree in puke green.
So the hypocrisy is strong in some. They hate the "tramp stamp" but they love the "puke green manga-tentacle-fetish with fonts only a 13 year old would think is cool". I bought a Razer Blade because it's great device and still had to cover the logo as it looks unprofessional as hell in front of a client. But As long as the product is good and that logo doesn't affect my experience I think it's one of the more shallow things I've heard recently. "Not buying a good product because the logo sucks".
nmm - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - linkAll of Corsair's products are made to be aesthetically pleasing. Premium parts are more expensive not just because of how they work, but because they are as beautiful as they are functional, so obviously how nice something looks is significant. Cases, fans, memory modules, close loop water coolers — if it doesn't look nice it won't sell as well. That's just how it is. I tend to agree. The stupid logo is a minus. I feel the way about Logitech's new "s" update to their gaming peripherals. The G700 mouse looks amazing. G700s? I would imagine the "s" stands for "stupid looking".
meacupla - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - linkrazer blackwidow tournament edition, worst keyboard ever.
way too easy breaking the USB connector on the keyboard side.
close - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkYou know that you can twist the Razer logo a bit and it will look just the same. Also, you can tape a $100 bill over it to soothe the bleeding heart.
Dorek - Friday, June 12, 2015 - linkLuckily I was able to buy a flag-logo M65 RGB from Corsair's site a couple months ago. I too hate the new logo.
Aikouka - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - linkI used to own a Corsair K90, and about a year ago, I upgraded to a Corsair K95 (non-RGB). My biggest qualm with the keyboard is that I keep having issues with repeated key presses. My first thought was that maybe my keystroke was lasting a bit too long, but I don't have this problem with any other keyboard.
One thing that I find to be an annoyance is the keyboard firmware upgrade process. Corsair requires you to download an installer, and that may not sound too bad by itself. The problem is that the installer installs a single program that only updates the keyboard to a specific firmware. In other words, you install it, update the keyboard, and then uninstall it. Why in the world do I even have to install it!? At least motherboard manufacturers have installed update software that can check for updates and perform the updates.
puppies - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkHaving the same problem with repeated key presses registering, annoying as hell and seems completely random. Did you fix it or am I taaking it back to the store (<---see did it again)
Mkii - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - linkNot only the tremendous ugly non international focus logo (wonder if everybody have such uglys tattoos like the logo, in California), what happened with the Gun Metal colour for keyboards? Only black now? Come on! You are only 12 years old only once in your life....when you are 12 y/old.