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Corsair’s new 60% keyboard is a rare and overpriced faux pas

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that 60% mechanical keyboards seemed to have a moment, so to speak, given recent releases from major manufacturers like Razer and HyperX. Today, this trend continues with the unveiling by Corsair of its new K65 RGB Mini. I have always been a huge fan of Corsair mechanics keyboards, thanks to their solid construction and excellent strike, and I have used several of them as daily pilots over the past few years. However, it’s a $ 110 keyboard that I’ll probably put back in the box as soon as I finish typing this message on it.

The K65 RGB Mini isn’t bad, on its own. When I took it out of its packaging, it still gave off a quality feel. It doesn’t seem quite cheap thanks to a bulky build, red Cherry MX switches, and individual key backlighting. But it feels less compared to other Corsair turntables, and not because of the omission of a number pad or media keys. I have one K70 here on my desk next door, as well as the K60 models I tested last year, and they are all fair feel more solid, while the K65 looks a bit hollow in comparison.

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Part of that could be the design rather than the materials: the K65’s keys are set back slightly on top of the keyboard, with a quarter-inch border around all of its edges. The keys themselves are tall enough that the edging is not an issue when typing, although this makes cleaning between switches much more difficult, as any dirt released with an air bomb will simply be caught against this. plastic wall.

But in some cases it is the materials, as the K65’s keys are set on a white plastic tray while other Corsair keyboards mount their knobs on a brushed aluminum plate. I can even see the nine silver screws that hold it in place; that’s not a major sin, but other decks generally do a better job of masking their build. And it’s significantly less solid than the metal plate of HyperX’s Origins 60 alloy.

Corsair's new 60% keyboard

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As the K65 does not have dedicated functions and multimedia keys, all these additional functions have been delegated to the FN key at the bottom right of the turntable. However, there is no standardized layout, so the layout is different from the Origins 60 or the Razer. Mini hunter. The arrow keys are arranged along the “U”, “H”, “J” and “K” keys – just a space above where they live on the Huntsman Mini (and two rows hence the Origins 60 placed them). “Print Screen” lives under the “N”, which I guess isn’t too glaring considering it’s a button that many of us rarely use. But it’s just so far where we expect this key to be.

Of course, I can get used to different key locations. What I haven’t quite adapted to is the sound of the K65 RGB Mini, which is not good. As someone who until last year worked in an office with people sensitive to noise, I always try to be aware of the boredom of the keyboards I test. Things are obviously a little different now that I’m working from home. But for a few minutes, I’ve been wondering where this strange ringing came from to realize, oh wait, it stops when I stop typing: it’s the keyboard. The mechanisms inside not only have a metallic boing when you press them, but it resonates afterwards and overlaps in a constant chime. It’s a bit like one of those Tibetan singing bowls but not at all relaxing.

There is one thing I really like about the Corsair K65 Mini is that it uses a detachable USB-C cable to connect. So once I’m done here I can easily unplug it and put it aside, plugging in the slightly cheaper $ 100 Origins 60 back to its place of honor on my desk.


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