Corsair Vengeance K60 and M60 FPS Keyboard and Mouse
At the time of writing this article, the K60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard seems to be available from $89.99, while the M60 Gaming Mouse is available from $52.99. Both the K60 and the M60 feature a two year warranty through Corsair, which has proven to have a very reliable warranty and customer service department!
- Warranty: Two Years
- Key Switches: Cherry MX Red
- Windows Lock Key: Yes
- Actuation Force: 45g with 2mm to actuation and 4mm to bottom, rated for 50 million operations with gold contacts
- Tuned silicon dome keyswitches: F1 through F12, Esc, PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, Home, Page Up, Page Down, Delete, and End
- Ten (10) additional sculpted FPS keys (W, A, S, D and 1 to 6) for superior reaction and control — interchangeable with the standard keyboard keys
- Gaming palm rest with soft-touch surface for superior gaming comfort
- Six multimedia keys — Stop, Previous, Play/Pause, Next, Mute, Volume Up/Down — with Solid metal, weighted volume "drum roller"
- Windows Lock Key for uninterrupted game play
- Metal top plate for increased strength and durability
- USB pass-through connector giving easy access to a USB port on the keyboard (USB 2.0/1.1/1.0)
- USB Connector with gold plated contacts
- 2 meter non-tangle cable
- Warranty: Two Years
- DPI: 5700
- Report Rate: 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz
- Programmable Buttons: 8
- 5700 DPI — Avago Technologies ADNS-9500 LaserStream Gaming Sensor
- Adjustable DPI in 100 DPI increments
- 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz (1ms/2ms/4ms/8ms) selectable response time
- Tracking up to 165 inches per second, up to 30g acceleration, and automatic frame rate control
- Adjustable lift distance — five selectable levels to fit your play style
- Surface quality detection
- 8 individually programmable buttons
- Side mounted sniper button provides user settable DPI change while pressed for enhanced precision targeting
- Comfortable ergonomic design with soft-touch surfaces and grip improving textures
- Omron left and right click switches rated for eight million operations
- Aluminum metal frame and base for improved rigidity and mass distribution
- Solid metal, weighted scroll wheel with rubberized scroll surface for improved finger traction control and feel
- Ultra Low Friction PTFE pads for smooth performance and accurate gliding
- USB Connector with gold plated contacts
- 1.8 meter lightweight non-tangle cable
Unboxing the Vengeance K60 and M60
The front of the packaging on the K60 is pretty simple; we can see a graphic of the keyboard as well as a few details on the product itself. Those details include that it works with MX Cherry Red mechanical key switches, that we have contoured textured WASD keys, and that there is full key matrix anti-ghosting and 20 key roll over. That means that at any given time 20 keys can be pressed and it will recognize all of them.
The back side of the box has the same features listed plus a little info on the brushed aluminum body of the keyboard as well as the included cushioned palm rest. It also has a few graphics of the keyboard.
Once we get everything out of the packaging we can see that we have a warranty guide, and a quickstart guide. The plastic box in the middle is where we found the extra red keys, but it also doubles as a wrist rest for when you're gaming.
Now we’re going to take a look at the front of the M60 Laser Gaming Mouse packaging. We can see that it features a 5700 DPI Avago Gaming sensor with on the fly adjustment, precision sniper button, and A rugged aluminum construction.
The back of the Vengeance M60 mouse has all of the features of the mouse listed as well as a couple graphics of the mouse and the weight system that the mouse uses.
This is everything we found inside the packaging of the Vengeance M60. We have the mouse, a quickstart guide, as well as some information on the warranty that Corsair is offering on the M60.
A closer look at the K60 mechanical keyboard
The first thing you notice about the K60 is the brushed aluminum body of the keyboard. It’s definitely different from the plastic housing I’m used to seeing on keyboards.
Taking a look at the first thing that caught me off guard was the media keys that the K60 has. There are 6 buttons total; mute, volume up/down, stop, reverse, play/pause, forward. By default these worked fine with every program I’ve tried so far. No drivers are required to use any of these features.
Next I realized that the default black WASD and 1-6 keys could be replaced, and that there were flashy red alternatives that I could use. I replaced them with the red keys; the red keys have a nice contoured feel to them so you always know where your fingers need to be.
The K60 doesn’t have the Cherry MX Red switches built inside the housing of the keyboard, they sit on the top. Making the keys appear to stand rather high off of the body of the keyboard. This is actually a nice feature, it should make it rather easy to keep any dust at bay.
The included box that housed our extra keys and key puller also doubles as a cushioned wrist wrest. It attaches directly under the WASD keys so that when you’re enjoying your FPS games your wrist won’t have to be at an uncomfortable angle. General typing and use isn’t quite as comfortable with this however, so I prefer to keep it off if I’m not playing a game.
The Corsair K60 uses a standard USB 2.0 connection to connect to your PC. There are two USB connectors pictured because there is a USB pass through on the keyboard for making connecting another peripheral or accessory extremely easy.
This is the USB pass through that I was
referring to. It is located just inches away from the cable that connects the
keyboard to your PC. This can be useful
for connecting a USB headset or even a USB flash drive without having to reach
all the way to your case if it’s not within arm’s reach.
Looking closer at the Vengeance M60 laser gaming mouse
The left hand side of the Corsair Vengeance M60 has three fully programmable buttons on it. By default they are programmed to page forward, page back, and the red button enables sniper mode when held down. This drops the DPI of the mouse by whatever you’ve customized it to. By default its 800 DPI. This makes it much easier to get the precise aim for when you’re zoomed in trying to line up your target.
On top you have your standard left and right click as well as your scroll wheel. Above the scroll wheel you can see two more buttons. These are, by default, your DPI up and down control buttons. They let you adjust the DPI up or down to fit your liking. The increments can be set to your liking, and are adjustable on the fly for you to be able to do whatever you are most comfortable with.
Taking a look at the base of the mouse you probably notice that there are three large circles with what looks like a slot for a screw driver. These are where the adjustable weights are located.
Once you take those screws out you have a weight that can then be removed which allows you to place the weights in whatever spot you want them in to make the mouse work best for your style of game play.
Once you get the latest software for your mouse, you will need to install it and run the program. Once you launch it you will see your button programming options. Here you’re able to fully customize and reprogram all 8 of the buttons on the Corsair M60.
Clicking the second tab at the top takes you to the performance page. Here you can customize your DPI, report rate, and lift height. Being able to customize the lift height is a huge feature to me, as some mice will track as you’re lifting it to reposition it which can be a pain. This allows the user to adjust this to whatever settings they prefer it to be at.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The time I spent with the Corsair Vengeance M60 and K60 has been very positive. They are both very comfortable and ergonomic. The wrist wrest on the K60 could stand to be longer, perhaps the full length of the keyboard. It’s hard to adjust coming from a keyboard that has a wrist wrest and then going to the K60 which only provides a rest for the left arm on the WASD keys. I understand this though, with it being an FPS motivated keyboard. The 20 key rollover is extremely nice, but something that I personally will never fully utilize but I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there who are more than capable of taking advantage of that.
The Vengeance M60 is a claw-grip style mouse, which for some may be a deal breaker but for me it was perfect. I’ve used many claw-grip mice to date and the Corsair Vengeance M60 is definitely in the top three for most comfortable mice I’ve ever held in my hand.
The customization factor of the M60 was really nice. Having the ability to program 8 buttons any way I want and having a profile for any situation means I’ll always be in control and know exactly what button to press to get the desired effect. The sniper button has come in handy more than once already. In one game of Battlefield 3 alone, I was able to use it effectively at least four times while hiding out with my trusty sniper rifle.
Overall I have really enjoyed using the combo of the Corsair Vengeance M60 and K60. They work extremely well together and they both performed well under the testing I put them through. The smoothness of Cherry MX Red switches in the Vengeance K60 make the keyboard perfect for those who want a sensitive gameplay experience from their keyboard. With this being my first mechanical keyboard I was under the impression that all the of the keys were going to be loud and clicky, though the switches in the K60 proved to be the opposite. There was no click to them at all. The high DPI and full customization of the Vengeance M60 are perfect for claw-grippers who prefer fast and rapid movements in game.