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- The Corsair K60 RGB Pro is the middle child in Corsair’s entry-level mechanical keyboard range, and it boasts a brushed aluminum board and per-key RGB lighting.
- With Cherry Viola switches, this is a proper mechanical keyboard for gamers on a budget.
- It’s comfortable to type on and great for gaming, but there are some missing features.
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For many gamers and heavy typists, there’s simply no substitute for a good mechanical keyboard. Once you get used to that consistent, satisfying, tactile feel on every keypress, there’s no going back to a mushy membrane. The trouble is mechanical keyboards can be expensive, so the recent wave of more affordable options is welcome. Corsair’s entry-level range is the K60, which seeks to deliver the quality feel of a high-end mechanical keyboard at a more affordable price.
As the middle model in the K60 line-up, the RGB Pro strikes a careful balance. The Cherry Viola switches have been paired with low profile keycaps that make the most of the bright RGB lighting. It’s a fully customizable keyboard that’s built for gaming and offers a solid typing experience. Corsair has stripped back the K60 RGB Pro to mechanical keyboard essentials; the question is: has it cut corners to achieve the $89.99 asking price?
I’ve been using the Corsair K60 RGB Pro for work and play for the last two weeks to find out how it measures up and uncover what, if anything, is missing.
- Dimensions: 17.4 x 5.36 x 1.38 inches
- Weight: 880 grams
- Connectivity: Wired with 6-foot rubber cable
- Backlighting: Corsair iCue fully customizable per-key RGB lighting
- Other features: N-key rollover, fully programmable keys, 1,000Hz polling rate
This is a full-sized keyboard with 104 keys, so the compact form immediately impressed. The top of the board is brushed anodized aluminum in black, which gives it a durable feel and a classy look. While there aren’t any dedicated media keys (they double up with the F9 to F12 keys) everything else is present and correct. A row of tiny LED indicators and a subtle Corsair logo occupy the space at the top right.
The low profile keycaps are great for exposing the RGB lighting, but the white plastic that surrounds the switches detracts from the overall look. Chunky white plastic against that aluminum is a jarring contrast that hints at the budget price. There’s also no wrist rest here; you’ll have to spend an extra $10 to get the SE model if you want one.
A permanently attached rubber cable extends from the middle of the board and slots into a free USB-A port. It’s a tangle-free design and it’s not very malleable. The underside has rubber pads to help it grip surfaces and ensure it doesn’t cause scratches. There are also flip out feet at the top. Perhaps the best thing about the K60 RGB Pro’s design is just how compact it is; this keyboard will suit people with limited desk space.
Setup and interface
Simply plug the Corsair K60 RGB Pro in and away you go. There’s a function key shortcut to change the brightness, but if you want to customize the per-key RGB lighting, or set new effects or animations, you’ll need to install Corsair’s iCue software. It’s a little clunky, but it offers deep customization, including the ability to program keys and record macros. While you can set up different profiles for the K60 RGB Pro, there’s no onboard memory to store them, though this will only be a concern if you’re in the habit of moving between machines.
You’ll find a decent library of lighting effects to choose from in iCue and you can tweak the speed and direction of most. You can also set colors or effects on an individual key basis, or specific groups of keys, and decide how they should be triggered and when effects should end. Once you get to grips with iCue it offers an impressive depth of control.
Performance and features
The Cherry Viola key switches feel similar to regular Cherry MX Reds. Keys actuate at 2mm with 45 grams of force and can go through to 4mm with a heavier touch, bottoming out with 75 grams of force. N-key rollover ensures no keystroke is missed. I found the K60 RGB Pro responsive and fairly accurate for typing. It’s also relatively quiet, but if you’re heavy on the keys it can produce an unpleasant tinny ringing echo as they bottom out, especially on the space bar.
The low profile ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) keycaps feel a little slippery and tend to accumulate smears and greasy marks quite quickly. It’s probably worth spending the extra $10 for the SE model, just to get the upgrade to more durable PBT keycaps. The keys are also close together, so it’s tough to clean up any dust or hair that gets in beneath them. What’s good about these keycaps is that they make the most of the RGB lighting, giving it plenty of room to breathe.
For gaming, the Corsair K60 RGB Pro is a reliable companion. It was comfortable for hours of Total War, and it never let me down in shootouts in The Outer Worlds. Switching from the much more expensive SteelSeries Apex Pro, I expected to feel a big step down, but it wasn’t as pronounced as I feared.
Corsair has been clever about what it has stripped back to keep the price down here. Most gamers probably stick with the same rig, so cutting onboard memory on the keyboard that saves custom settings won’t be a big deal for them. While it’s nice to have cable management and USB-passthrough, they aren’t essentials. If you want a wrist rest and PBT keycaps, pay $10 more and get the SE model.
Yes, this is a worthy mechanical gaming keyboard that delivers a lot for the price.
The Corsair K60 RGB Pro costs $89.99 direct from Corsair or from Target. You can save $10 by opting for the plain K60 Pro, which is identical, except that the backlighting is limited to red. Go the other way, and you can get the K60 RGB Pro SE for $99.99, which adds a plush detachable wrist rest and higher quality PBT double-shot keycaps.
You could go for a hybrid keyboard at around this price, like the Razer Ornata V2 or the SteelSeries Apex 5. The older Logitech G413 could also be worth a look if you’d rather spend less, and its successor, the superior G513, is frequently discounted. We prefer the K60 RGB Pro to all of these options, though.
Ultimately, the Corsair K60 RGB Pro is a very good keyboard for the money and features impressive build quality. It’s a proper mechanical keyboard that’s great to play games with and it’s a solid performer for long days of typing.
Pros: Relatively affordable, fully customizable keys and lighting, durable brushed aluminum board, compact design.
Cons: ABS keycaps can get greasy, no wrist rest, no USB-pass through, no onboard memory.