Setup & Usage
By pushing a small release button at the bottom of the rest you can open it up to find the replacement “gaming” keys. The keys have a nice curvature and texture to them. The coating is a red rubber material and unlike the standard keys didn’t seem to have wear problems with continuous use. Also inside the enclosure is a very simple tool for removing pretty much any key on the keyboard.
By simply slipping the tool over any of the regular black keys and pulling straight up you can detach a key. Under each key you can actually see what makes this keyboard so precise. The keyboard features Red Cherry MX Key Switches. These key switches are the industry standard for gaming precision. The feedback you get from each key press is nothing like I’ve ever felt before. Since this is the first mechanical key switch keyboard I’ve used for a lengthy period of time I think that I would be hard pressed to convert back to a standard key switch. The sound from each press alone is enough to keep you satisfied.
After installing the new red keys and placing the old ones inside the enclosure you can attach the wrist rest to the bottom of the keyboard to see how the keyboard is meant to used. They keys, when installed, have a centric curvature which makes your hand never want to migrate to another area of the keyboard. It very much has the feel of a dedicated keypad for gaming. Since I typically use a keypad for FPS games my comparison gets a bit harsh from this point. Seeing that the intention of the wrist pad and red rubberized keys is to emulate a keypad I think the comfort of this aspect could be much better. Because the wrist rest is also used as storage for extra keys the rest sits too high. Due to me having larger hands I felt like I was over reaching on almost all the keys. The even worse part about this is that without the wrist rest installed the keys sit really high due to the mechanical key switches. This makes accessing the “gaming area” of the keyboard very uncomfortable. If they would have installed a continuous flowing wrist rest the entire length of the keyboard I sure they would have had more positive feedback regarding comfort. The Vengeance K90, Corsairs hailed MMO keyboard, has a full wrist rest among many other features that would have taken the K60 over the top if the features were present.
Due to the discomfort of the wrist rest I had to remove it. I’ve been using a crappy office keyboard wrist rest to take the edge off the height of the keys. With this simple addition I haven’t switched back to my old keyboard. Hopefully I can get my hands on the K90 to give this thing a true comparison.