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CORSAIR - K68 Wired Gaming Mechanical Cherry MX Red Switch Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 229 reviews

97%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, Red Switches are so cool

    Posted
    khoin230

    I tried to go for the G Pro, but they ran out, so I went for this beast right here. It is so comfortable and quiet, I love it. Just giving you guys the head up that the software CUE 2 is kinda weird and hard to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality, very responsive, best for gaming

    Posted
    Snarltoof
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    As a gaming keyboard, wow, this keyboard is really fast and responsive, and I get great positive feedback for every keystroke. It feels solid and durable, so it feels like a firm control base when I navigate around in games. Read some of the other reviews of avid gamers, and you'll see all sorts of awesome things they like about this keyboard, and I agree with all the positive things they have to say about it relating to gaming! As for a daily use keyboard -- there's some really good and not awesome things about it, so if you use one computer for both work and play, or if you switch between computers on a KVM like I do, keep this in mind. This keyboard is solid and feels firm and substantial. For me, the extra travel of the keys and the extra space between the keys compared with a membrane keyboard actually help me type more accurately. However, this thing is relatively loud, so they'll hear your key clacks on conference calls. Something a bit weird and I'm not sure if there's a reason for it, but most of the symbol keys are printed upside-down, including the number/symbol keys. Also, I'm not sure if it's my setup or what, but the lighting stopped working on my keyboard. More specifically, the Corsair Utility Engine software lost all of the lighting effects settings, and the lightings library is empty, and pressing fn plus a number doesn'thing. Repairing the software installation didn't fix the issue, and I didn't have time to troubleshoot it yet. However -- the quality and function of the keyboard are so awesome that this doesn't cost it a star in my rating. If you want a great performance and flashy looking keyboard for your gaming rig, get this one! If you want to use it with your work computer, think again...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Responsive Keyboard

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    Aptgriller
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    Great response time in Simulation games. Highly customizable, easy to set up Hot Keys and backlight colors. Keyboard is comfortable to use for extended periods of time. Positive key strikes eliminate guessing if you've hit it. Being a "Mechanical" keyboard it is loud but easy to get used to. Would prefer smooth Space Bar, don't need different texture from other keys. Razer software seems buggy but updates are consistently improving functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard for the price, but a few flaws..

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    cw77
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    The Switches: This keyboard has red Cherry MX switches, this means no tactile feedback, and no click. This introduces a significant learning curve when gaming or just typing. When gaming I frequently found myself wondering why I was walking to the left in game, because of the lack of feedback you don't always know when you pass the activation point of the switch. These switches were a downside for me. Huge let down for "gaming" branded switches. The Software: This keyboard uses CUE (Corsair Utility Engine). The lighting features I find effective and simple, overall this software is good, but this is a gaming keyboard. The software supports macros and you can do a lot within these macros, only one problem, there is no dedicated macro keys and you can't use key combinations to trigger a macro. This pretty much makes macros useless unless you have two keyboards sitting on your desk... The Rest: Everything else about this keyboard such as the build quality and looks is excellent for the price. The build is primarily plastic, but the keyboard is far from having a "cheap" feel to it. The water resistance is also a welcomed addition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not designed for gamers

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    Gerbil
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    For a product advertised as a "gaming keyboard", it's interesting that this keyboard doesn't actually seem to cater to gamers. The only gamer-centric feature I've observed is the button that disables the Windows key. ===[ Layout and Design ]=== The first give-away that this keyboard is not intended for gamers, is that one of the most important gamer-centric keyboard features is entirely missing; it doesn't contain any dedicated macro keys. One might retort: "Oh! But this is at the entry level of a line of gaming keyboards. Higher models *do* have macro keys!" And for the reality check: a stock Honda Civic is not a race car simply because Honda also makes race cars. [ Positives ] - Heavy, sturdy construction resists unintended sliding/movement. - The font chosen for the key labels is bold and clear. Function representation is implemented well in most keys. - The elevated, open key design aids in cleaning debris from the keyboard. [ Negatives ] - The wrist wrest is made of flimsy warped plastic that doesn't sit flush against a flat surface. - Keys tower above the keyboard's base, with the base itself having a high profile. You'll likely have to adjust your desk and/or chair to comfortably use this keyboard. - Secondary key function labels (such as the ampersand on the number seven key) are either not backlit, or are very dimly lit. Every other backlit keyboard I've has these labels properly backlit. - Complete lack of secondary functionality for the function keys, which is a first among my keyboards containing an FN key. - High placement of most key labels (rather than centered). ===[ MX Cherry Red ]=== Because of the complete lack of tactile feedback on the key press transition, full key presses are required. Unfortunately, the combination of very long key travel distance, early trigger point, and late release point translates to a lack of control over key press timing. This is particularly frustrating with the key release timing, where there is a significant duration where the key remains in a pressed state after intention of release. This lack of control is a disaster for twitch gaming. I've found this keyboard to be unusually demanding on my fingers, and has caused a marked decrease in my typing accuracy compared to other keyboards I use. As for the independent key RGB backlighting, its implementation feels like a novelty. There could have been some interesting applications for this technology, for example assigning scaled colors to a key/button to indicate CPU or GPU temperature, memory usage, CPU or disk load, or other metrics. Indicators to flag the presence of new content in social media that you follow, or alert you to a new unread email, would also have been interesting. I can't say it's surprising that they'ven't tackled these usage scenarios, considering the very basic yet critically important features they've also not bothered to implement. ===[ Corsair Utility Software ]=== This software, which the included instructions directs users to install, is terrible. The most glaring problems I noticed include include: - Inability to assign macros/actions to key combinations (instead only to single key presses). Compounded by the lack of any dedicated macro keys, this greatly hampers the utility of this keyboard for no good reason. - No apparent way to tie keyboard profiles to game executable files for automatic profile switching. I consider this to be an absolute necessity, and this is a feature found in the stock software provided by a popular competitor. - Custom profiles only persist while the software is running and where it can maintain an active connection to the keyboard. For example, even something as simple as using a single custom static color applied to all keys is 'lost' when the desktop is locked, where then the keyboard reverts to whatever backlighting mode (among those available by default) was selected when the software was not in active control. ===[ Conclusion ]=== The lack of any macro keys, inability to assign macros/actions to key combinations, no support for automatic profile switching, and arguably poor choice in key switches all strongly suggest that Corsair made virtually no attempt to cater to gamers with this keyboard, and merely slapped the 'gaming' label onto it for the sake of sales. I do not recommend this keyboard for gaming.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard, either for typing or gaming.

    Posted
    Saitzev
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    Corsair K68 Review. Having used a previous Cherry Red MX Mechanical Keyboard by Corsair I wasn't expecting much of an actual difference aside from the RGB and Spill/Dust proofing of this particular model. Pro's . The backlighting is fantastic on this keyboard. There's 3 settings to choose from and depending on your colors, they can get pretty darn bright. . Dust Proofing and Spill Proofing. Naturally I have no intention to test the latter lol. I'm at ease though knowing if I do, it'sn't going to fry and go out on me. There's a rubber piece that's in between the circuit board and the keys so that if something does happen, it's hitting the rubber, not the electronics. That's a nice dose of peace of mind. . One thing I noticed on reviews of other RGB model keyboards is that on a lot of them there was a tremendous amount of light bleed where you'd end up either with more light going outside the keys than through the letters on the keyboard. This doesn't really have that'ssue. The rubber that's in between the keys and the circuit board helps to soak up a lot of the bleed so you get a very even amount of lighting. . The media keys are well placed and respond perfectly. I believe these are membrane based as there's no audible click like when using the rest of the keys. . There's a good amount of tactile feel and audible feedback from the keys. Once you use a mechanical keyboard it's quite difficult to go back to using your standard cheap membrane based keyboards. There'sn'thing better than hearing the audible clickity clack of the keys when you're typing. . There's Windows Key lock. Helpful if you don't want to be kicked out of game or have your Start menu suddenly pay you a visit. . Backlight Profile Switching. Set by default to the Pause/Break key. Because who uses that anyways lol. This is intuitive and helpful when you have multiple profiles. You can adjust the order from within the Corsair CUE software. . Corsair CUE, I do like that you can import other people's profiles. Some of these are astounding. You can have something from Zelda (one allows you to play Ocarina songs using specific keys) to Marvel to PUBG. There's one that I have that has the lighting mimicking Cap's Shield that moves side to side. There's even one that mimic's a Lightsaber turning on along with audio cue of one powering up in several colors. Once you learn the software it's pretty straight forward. There's lots of settings and customization that can be had such as such as a wave, strobing, slow burn that fades over time and many other effects. Con's . I do miss the USB Pass-through that was on my old Corsair Keyboard. However, it's just one less cable. It was quite bulky too and it was also braided, which this one isn't. The cable not being braided isn't really much of a con, but not having a USB 2.0 port right there on the rear of the keyboard means I have to run a longer cable for my Wireless Mouse to charge it. . Corsair CUE. This is an incredibly powerful piece of software. If you have other Corsair product, such a mouse, headset, headset stand, mouse pad, you can sync your lighting among all of them. Sadly I only have this keyboard, everything else is a competitor lol. Anyways, the software is very difficult to use. It'sn't for the faint of heart. It takes time and learning. I imagine there's tutorials out there on the interwebz on how to best learn it. . The other thing I do miss from other keyboard and this is entirely just me, but my old K60 had a volume roller. On this model it's just two buttons that have replaced the volume roller. It's really just a nice thing to have, but I found using the roller much more intuitive than have to look down and make sure I'm pressing Volume up and not Volume down or mute by accident. Would I recommend this keyboard? Absolutely! For the type of keyboard and its features, at its current list price it's really a bargain. There'sn't many quality RGB keyboards that match the feature set or quality as this one at this price. I really do love this keyboard. I forgot just how nice it's to have backlighting on a keyboard and have gone around 4 or 5 years without. You won't be disappointed with the keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks Great. Performs Well.

    Posted
    PG460
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    I've been a gamer for many years so I'm always excited to try new gaming hardware. Unboxing the Corsair K68 Cherry MX Red keyboard was a pretty standard affair. In the box you find the keyboard, a snap on palm rest, and a manual. My first impression of the keyboard is that it feels solid and well made. It definitely has some weight to it but in terms of actual size it's somewhat smaller than other gaming keyboards I've used. As I put it into place on my desk I notice that the keyboard sits flatter than the keyboard it was replacing. I'm not sure I'm a fan that it doesn't sit higher but we shall see. No doubt I'll get used to it. The fact is I'm always a bit anxious about switching gaming hardware because new hardware can tend to mess with your game at least temporarily simply due to the different feel. I attach the palm rest. It does look nice and adds some size and overall presence to the keyboard. I like its textured surface. I also really like the textured surface on the space bar. I installed the software which I downloaded from the Corsair website and took some time to check out the settings which seem pretty basic. Here you can change lighting effects, create macros, and change some performance settings. Really not a ton to see here. There are some pretty cool lighting presets you can select or create your own. I set the effects to my liking but find the whole process a bit confusing on this Corsair. I think the settings menu could be better. The keys on the K68 sit kinda elevated above the keyboard. I think this is part of the spill proof and dust proof design but it looks cool because the light effects glow from under the keys instead of just through the key itself. Ultimately it's a really nice look. I also like the volume and multimedia controls on the upper right. Adjusting volume mid game is a breeze with this addition. There is also a button to adjust the brightness of the lighting effects or to turn them off altogether. There is also a button to disable the windows key. Nice feature. Anxious to see how the Corsair K68 feels and performs in action I load a game. I immediately feel surprisingly comfortable using this keyboard. The keys have a nice feel and are much quieter than my previous mechanical keyboards. As I play a few challenges in Wolfenstein The New Colosus I very quickly note the excellent responsiveness of the K68. In the settings I had noticed the polling rate set to a default of 1000 hz/1msec. Apparently this is is higher than other keyboards I've used because there is a remarkable improvement. Movements within the game register immediately with very little pressure on the keys. I'm sold! There was a time when I was a noob and naive. I thought that a keyboard was just a keyboard and played with basic manufacturer issued keyboards. I couldn't have been more wrong. In gaming your skill is largely dependent on your equipment. Milliseconds matter! I could already sense the improvement in my gameplay. Overall I'd have to say that for a mid priced keyboard you're getting a ton of value and performance for your money in this Corsair K68. It looks great and performs well. It sure helped my gameplay and I'm confident it will help yours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Precise Corsair Quality!!!!

    Posted
    Dragonhunter281
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    The Corsair K68 RGB keyboard is another fabulous entry in Corsair's line of quality PC gaming accessories. While sporting somewhat of a smaller footprint than other gaming keyboards, the K68 offers razor sharp performance with extensive customization options using Corsair's Utility Engine software (CUE). Connectively, I was excited to test the K68's capabilities to the fullest including how it performs in games as well as how it compares to my Razor Chroma and the Alienware AW-768. Once opened, the K68 screamed quality and had a sturdy feel to it nor did it feel cheap. Appearance wise, the K68 is quite compact and appealing. It has a slick and simplistic look that matches my other Corsair accessories. Additionally, I think the K68 would even appeal to non-gamers as the customizable RGB is a real treat to behold once it is seen in person! Towards the top of the keyboard, there is a toggle for the RGB brightness as well as Windows button lock. You can also disable the lights completely by pressing the brightness button four times (assuming default rainbow spiral effect; other patterns differ). Physically, the K68 is not as bulky as I was expecting, and is shorter in length than both my Razor and Alienware AW-768. As for the weight, the K68 was the lightest of the three that I have used, but it is still fairly heavy. The Razor was definitely the heaviest of the bunch. As for key strokes, I was pleasantly surprised with the response of the keys, as well as their smooth texture. Pressing them felt really good and precise. Additionally, while typing, the keys were not overly loud like some gaming keyboards. The keys on my Alienware AW-768 sounded a bit more spring-like than the K68, which seemed to have a more duller sound. I think most people will be fairly happy here. In addition to the key response, one of my other favorite features of the K68 was that the multimedia controls were located above the number pad. Thus, you do not have to press and hold a function key to pause or change your music as found typically on some keyboards. Furthermore, while my music was set to max volume, I was able to quickly decrease the volume by holding the button down. The response was lighting quick. In addition to the button response, one last thing I did notice on the K68 was that the feet are a bit short compared to my other keyboards. As such, the keyboard raised is not as angled towards you as you might be accustomed to and appears somewhat flat. Thus, the K68 will require some adjustment, especially if your current keyboard has larger feet like mine did. However, the K68 does include an armrest that may facilitate the adjustment period. Overall, I think most will be pleased with the K68. As for the Corsair software, I will not go into extensive detail of all the features as it is pretty extensive, however, I would like to mention a few of the basics. Once installed, at the top of the window, you will note all your Corsair attached accessories along with their respective options. Additionally, I was able to connect my Corsair ST100 Headphone Stand and my Corsair Polaris MM800 mouse pad to go along with the K68. Once you select the K68, you will note the lighting effects tab on the left that includes all of the preset RGB patterns as well as the ability to create your own or modify existing ones. Furthermore, under the performance tab, you can disable certain key combinations while your win lock button is enabled such as disabling ALT+TAB or ALT+F4. Under the actions tab, this will allow you to create your own macros. Lastly, if you click on the gear symbol near the device selection, it will take you to the global settings where you can change the brightness of the RGB backlight as well as the polling rate of the K68; default was set at 1,000Hz at 1millisecond. I thought this feature was extremely useful. Overall, the software is fairly straight forward and easy to learn. As for game performance, I wanted to see how it felt while actually playing a game. I fired up the latest Doom (2016) and ran through a few multiplayer matches. Other than getting use to the more flat nature of the K68 as mentioned previously, I did not have any complaints. My movements and melee felt extremely responsive. Barely pressing the key, perhaps maybe a quarter of an inch down, I was able to register in game movements. After playing for a couple of hours, my hands were not sore and I had adjusted quite easily with no issue. It was easily one of the most comfortable experiences I have had with keyboards. Overall, I think gamers will be excited with the in game performance. In conclusion, the K68 represents another quality product that you have come expect from Corsair. As someone who has used both their computer accessories and hardware, I have no doubt that the K68 will perform exactly as gamers demand, all the while adding a bit of flair to your gaming setup. In addition, the K68 was compact, precise and easy to setup and is atheistically pleasing to look at. Furthermore, I was able to customize the RGB lighting using the Corsair software and hop into a game with little effort. Key strokes while playing games was extremely responsive. Despite the minor adjustment to the flatter orientation of the K68, I had a fairly comfortable experience all around. Conclusively, the K68 clocks in at a reasonable price point and offers stellar performance as well as an impressive and extensive list of RGB customizations. In addition, the Corsair software was fairly easy to use. I am confident that gamers will enjoy the K68 and have no doubt that it will perform to expectations. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend