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Corsair launches K63 Cherry MX Red compact gaming keyboard

Corsair launches K63 Cherry MX Red compact gaming keyboard

Corsair's K63 keyboard builds on the tenkeyless design of the K65 but include per-key single-colour red LED backlighting.

Corsair has announced the launch of a new tenkeyless compact gaming keyboard, the Cosair K63, available exclusively with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches.

Designed, the company claims, for gamers running on compact desktops or looking for a keyboard they can take with them when they're on the move, the Corsair K63 is nevertheless designed to tick the boxes you'd expect from a budget-friendly mechanical keyboard. The compact tenkeyless design uses responsive Cherry MX Red switches for every key, backed by per-key LED lighting - though only in a single colour, red, rather than the customisable RGB lighting of higher-end keyboards.

The upper level of the keyboard includes dedicated media keys as well as a brightness toggle and a key to lock out the Super (Windows) modifier key - preventing it from dropping you out of a full-screen game due to an accidental press. The keyboard, naturally, connects via USB, but Corsair claims includes full anti-ghosting and N-key rollover - something many USB keyboards lack, being able to detect only a handful of simultaneous key-presses before ignoring additional inputs.

To further endear the device to gamers, Corsair has included compatibility with its Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software to assign custom macros to any key and dynamically control the per-key backlighting. The keyboard weighs 1.12kg overall and measures 365mm by 171mm with a 41mm height.

Corsair has set pricing for the K63 at £79.99 including VAT, £5 higher than its previous Vengeance K65 which includes the same tenkeyless layout and Cherry MX Red switches but lacks the LED lighting, with more information available on the official products page.

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Guinevere 17th March 2017, 15:16 Quote
I don't get it.... It's being marketed for gamers and yet it's kind of rectangular and 'normal' looking.

Well I for one am going to imagine it's got weird spiky triangles sticking out by the wrist rest, has a weird 80's typeface on the keys and is actually called the 'GAM3ST3R XTr3me WannaB33 9000'

There you go, I've fixed it. Now it's a proper GAMER keyboard...

In my mind.
Arboreal 17th March 2017, 15:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
I don't get it.... It's being marketed for gamers and yet it's kind of rectangular and 'normal' looking.

Well I for one am going to imagine it's got weird spiky triangles sticking out by the wrist rest, has a weird 80's typeface on the keys and is actually called the 'GAM3ST3R XTr3me WannaB33 9000'

There you go, I've fixed it. Now it's a proper GAMER keyboard...

In my mind.

Thank goodness someone's seen sense, phew it looks worryingly conventional :D.
I thought it was far too restrained in these RGB ridden days (I know there's a K65 RGB that covers that already).

Having gone to a plain K65 from a backlit keyboard, I must admit I don't miss the lighting often (hands in L337 Gamerz card), and the brushed grey alu deck looks nicer than this one.

I wish they'd put the roller volume on from the larger keyboard (on this and the K65s), those buttons just aren't the same.
Wwhat 19th March 2017, 12:30 Quote
They should not release this without also releasing a separate numeric keypad.
Because really, a keypad is essential but it might be nice in some circumstances if it could be placed in its own location, which when it isn't part of the main keyboard is more handy than if you end up with 2 keypads.
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