Corsair's new purpose-built gaming peripherals

Corsair, long known for memory and cases, is now branching out into gaming peripherals, and we got a hands-on.

Corsair, long known for its high-quality RAM – and not so well known for it’s growing range of cases – has just launched a new line of ‘Vengeance’ gaming peripherals. They will be available in New Zealand in late October, and final retail versions are being finalised now.

We got a hands-on with engineering samples of two new gaming keyboards and two gaming mouses, last week in Wellington.

For FPS gamers, the K60 keyboard and M60 mouse are designed to make your fragfests more controllable. The focus, says Corsair, is on agility.

The M60 mouse has a gaming grade 5700 dpi sensor, a weight system to a maximum of 21g, consisting of 3 weights, each of 7gm. They can be slotted into the two front slots or single rear slot to balance the mouse with weight forward or rear, as desired. A dedicated sniper button, shown below as the red button, adjusts dpi when you go to take a shot for fine-tuned control.

The K60 keyboard has mechanical keys – they use Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, which Corsair says have the lowest actuation force. The actuation force measure how much pressure is required to get a keypress to register. Corsair also says that the Cherry MX switches don’t have a “click” when you hit the bottom of the key. “This makes them the optimal keys for a gaming keyboard,” said a Corsair spokesperson.

The WASD and first six number keys are tipped with a rubbereised, long-lasting coating to help while gaming, and the spacebar is also textured. The K60 has an attached wrist rest which we found supportive and comfortable. It opens up to reveal standard keys as well as a key removal tool -- for those times when you aren't gaming. The wrist rest can be detached, but only supports placement in the position shown above.

Corsair uses an alumiunim tray on all its keyboards, beause it’s rigid and Corsair says “when we make products we have to make them heavy and stiff; that’s the way we like them.” That makes them stylish, too, with an industrial feel.

For MMO/RTS gamers

In the gaming products for MMO gamers, Corsair says, the focus is on accessibility, flexibility and adaptability.

The K90 keyboard, to this end, has 18 macro keys that you can design on the fly. You can have multiple sets, making up 54 macro keys per user. It has some additional features that are unusual. Take the 20-key rollover, for example. This allows you to depress 20 keys at one time and have the system can intepret that as a meaningful combination. It may be hard to imagine a use for that – most gaming keyboards have a 6-key rollover – but Corsair says 20 is possible, and they’ve gone with that. “It takes some tricks to get that working,” said a spokesperson, with elegant understatement.

It comes with Vengeance software interface and has tasteful blue LED backlighting.

The MMO-focused mouse, the M90, has a gaming grade 5700 dpi sensor. It has 15 buttons in all, including 9 thumb-triggered macro keys that form a ring around where your thumb slots into the mouse’s curved design. With 1ms/1000Hz polling rate, which is user selectable down to 8ms, if you prefer, it provides acceptable responsiveness. There’s also 6 active profiles for maximum flexibility, stored in the onboard 48KB memory.

Corsair says it will also release Vengeance branded gaming headsets.

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