Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard Review

Introduction

Although we can't imagine that anyone considers the global economic downturn to be a positive thing, there are nonetheless some positives that have come out of it. One of the primary ones as far as we're concerned is that more and more manufacturers are branching out from the product ranges that have made their name, and into uncharted waters.

When Corsair first took to new ground it was with the Obsidian 800D case which, barring a couple of issues, was a damn good effort.

The peripheral market is absolutely swamped with keyboards and mice to cover every single budget, use and almost anything you can think of. Seeking to take a foothold into this sector, which nearly has every nook and cranny already filled, is a brave move indeed but if anyone can manage to succeed here it's Corsair.

Technical Specifications

Certainly the specifications for the K90 is replete with nearly everything one could hope to see with multiple macro buttons and the excellent Cherry Red switches.

  • Light, responsive  Cherry MX Red mechanical switches for fast, efficient gaming action
    • 45g actuation force
    • 2mm to actuation and 4mm to bottom
    • Rated for 50 million operations
    • Gold contacts
  • Tuned silicon dome keyswitches: F1 through F12, Esc, PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, Home, Page Up Page Down, Delete, and End
  • Three banks of eighteen G Macro Keys with Macro Record and Bank Select hot keys
  • 36Kb of onboard memory for storing up to three sets of eighteen G keys for gaming on the go
  • On-the-fly macro recording
  • Laser-etched, backlit keys with four illumination levels (off, 66%, 75%, and full illumination) selectable from the keyboard
  • 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, durability and rigidity
  • USB pass-through connector giving easy access to a USB port on the back of the keyboard (USB 2.0/1.1/1.0)
  • USB Connector with gold plated contacts
  • 2m non-tangle cable Adjustable feet tilt for optimum personalization and positioning
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Most Recent Comments

23-01-2012, 03:58:12

tinytomlogan


After branching out into the case world, Corsair are now taking on the peripheral market. How does the K90 stack up?

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23-01-2012, 04:11:05

XnaX
When the light's on, it's not exactly eyepleasing to me, but DAMN does that backlighting make my weener go "boing!" xD

23-01-2012, 05:03:37

yassarikhan786
Great review Bryan. I really like the look of this keyboard, but the lighting does seem kind of uneven. Not a deal breaker though as overall it look's like another fantastic product from Corsair.

23-01-2012, 07:24:45

dugdiamond
classy looking keyboard

if the G-keys were lit too, i'ld buy one

23-01-2012, 07:25:54

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by dugdiamond View Post

classy looking keyboard

if the G-keys were lit too, i'ld buy one
The G keys have the numbers lit just not backlit

23-01-2012, 07:30:00

dugdiamond
it looks damn easy to clean too - i hate having to turn my G19 upside down, and banging it, to get **** out of it. the k90 would just need can-o-air (or a make-up brush)

23-01-2012, 07:52:16

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by dugdiamond View Post

classy looking keyboard

if the G-keys were lit too, i'ld buy one
Yeah the G-keys are lit perfectly well, but they are light. The idea was to keep the G-keys separate from the rest of the to not confuse when typing, hence why there are also so much lower down.

23-01-2012, 08:02:26

DJCW
Are all the keys on this 1 mechanical? I have the K60 and on that the Escape, F-keys, print scr, scroll lock, pause, insert, delete, home, end, page up and down are non mechanical which you really should mention if that is also the case with this 1 and do believe that is the case.

23-01-2012, 08:19:09

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJCW View Post

Are all the keys on this 1 mechanical? I have the K60 and on that the Escape, F-keys, print scr, scroll lock, pause, insert, delete, home, end, page up and down are non mechanical which you really should mention if that is also the case with this 1 and do believe that is the case.
Yep it is the same with the K90, it's mentioned in the tech specs

23-01-2012, 08:28:43

Excalabur50
Really love that blue colour it is so soothing and what a classy looking keyboard gotta be one of the best iv'e seen.

23-01-2012, 10:27:48

nex-s
How is it Tom that you can't stand noisy fans, but are totally ok with the loud noise this keyboard makes when typing?

23-01-2012, 11:46:37

B NEGATIVE
If only it had multi colour LED instead of the same,tired blue that is so common....

23-01-2012, 15:33:54

Sammjoey
Just saying, posibbly mostly to tom, when youve got a minute look at the video review ttl did and have CC subtitles on and just read that, its hilarous!

23-01-2012, 16:56:44

Philib
Why would they not light up the G-keys?

23-01-2012, 17:33:00

Grim_Reaper
Quote:
Originally Posted by dugdiamond View Post

it looks damn easy to clean too - i hate having to turn my G19 upside down, and banging it, to get **** out of it. the k90 would just need can-o-air (or a make-up brush)
The words of truth. It was just what I actually wanted to say. I like my G15, but dang, how it's annoyingly difficult to clean all the crap beyond the keys. This is why I like this concept a lot. Few drops of spirit and brush should do the job well. And I hate how noisier my W,A,S,D keys and some others ones became compared to the rest hundred of keys. Would be completely brilliant keyboard if the keys would work properly a bit more than few years. But yeah, aluminum flat top will do the job.

23-01-2012, 21:08:54

Lollipop
Quote:
Originally Posted by nex-s View Post

How is it Tom that you can't stand noisy fans, but are totally ok with the loud noise this keyboard makes when typing?
There is a difference between a clicky sound that you know will come when you press a button and listening to a leafblower for 30 mins.

23-01-2012, 22:17:54

hmmblah
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lollipop View Post

There is a difference between a clicky sound that you know will come when you press a button and listening to a leafblower for 30 mins.
And I have to say, mechanical keys have a really satisfying click to them. I don't find them annoying at all, but someone in another room might.

24-01-2012, 12:46:40

nex-s
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lollipop View Post

There is a difference between a clicky sound that you know will come when you press a button and listening to a leafblower for 30 mins.
Well, for that matter, you are well aware of the fan sound too and you know it's coming...

24-01-2012, 13:15:03

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by nex-s View Post

Well, for that matter, you are well aware of the fan sound too and you know it's coming...
Lmao fan noise cannot be compared the soothing sound of a mechanical keyboard.

25-01-2012, 16:05:07

MutleyUK
A nice looking KB put it should be at the price. For that amount I would expect it to make my tea, Dinner and wipe my botty for me

27-01-2012, 02:29:50

Suavity
I think I may consider buying this keyboard, just the customization and the mechanic keystroke sounds really caught my attention.

09-02-2012, 15:51:04

mini me
I've recently purchased the K90, and its just awesome. This is my first gaming keyboard I've bought and it feels very nice when using it. The keys are sturdy and feel durable, and the back lighting looks great. Would recommend this to anyone

14-02-2012, 17:05:52

silat
Some of you are complaining about clicky noise from this keyboard.

It uses Cherry MX Reds. Reds are NON CLICKY LINEAR KEYS..

14-02-2012, 19:22:38

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by silat View Post

Some of you are complaining about clicky noise from this keyboard.

It uses Cherry MX Reds. Reds are NON CLICKY LINEAR KEYS..
They are still louder than rubber dome keys - but it's a nice sound.

15-02-2012, 05:05:12

UltraNEO*
Looks and sounds great!! Unfortunately it's packaging is slightly misleading and doesn't state it's only partially mechanical!!
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