Usage & Final Thoughts
I have been using the K65 RGB Mini for about two weeks now and I do like it quite a lot. Lets first talk about the 60% form factor. When you are moving down to 60% you lose a lot, a full number pad, arrow keys, and your function row. This was instantly noticeable when I went to edit images. I would always use my arrow keys the scroll through images in full screen. Since this keyboard does not have dedicated arrow keys I have to use them as an alternate function by holding down the function key. These are quite a lot of secondary controls / function built into the keyboard by default, but it will take a little while to get used to.
Of course the good thing about moving down to 60% is that you free up a lot of space on your desk. On top of that a 60% keyboard just looks so sexy! Since the included USB cable is detachable it is going to be easy to take this keyboard with you as well. That means you could easily take this keyboard with you on a trip or to and from work.
I always say a keyboard needs three main things for me to actually use it for an extended period of time. Those three things are solid construction, good switches, and PBT keycaps. Corsair checks all of those boxes with the K65 RGB Mini. While the chassis construction is plastic it does feel pretty solid. There is no flex in the keyboard at all. Corsair is making use of Cherry MX mechanical key switches (Red, Speed, Silent), which we all know for their performance and quality. Finally we have PBT double-shot keycaps. While these look a little rough at first glance you are going to love how they feel and how they won’t wear or show shine over time.
Being a Corsair product you can of course use iCUE to fully customize the keyboard. You can fully reprogram it quite easily using iCUE and it is nice that you can save both key configuration and lighting settings on the keyboard itself so if you plug it into a PC without iCUE you are good to go. You get per-key RGB backlighting and the white top-plate really helps give this keyboard an even glow. Also I like that Corsair has made the spacebar unique, something we see Ducky do on their One 2 Mini. This new version of iCUE is a little different, but it still gets the job done.
For Corsair’s first 60% gaming keyboard I think the K65 RGB Mini is a good entry. I mean it would have been nice to see different color option, a metal chassis, or even optical key switches, but all of those things would have kept it out of the price that Corsair will be selling this keyboard for, which is $109.99. That price puts it in line with the Razer Huntsman Mini, Ducky One 2 Mini, and Anne Pro 2. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair K65 RGB Mini a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– First 60% keyboard
– Unique spacebar
– PBT keycaps & Cherry MX key switches
– AXON provides up to 8000 Hz polling
– Very comfortable
– Easily customizable via iCUE
– No height adjustment