The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review: PC Gaming Untetheredby E. Fylladitakis on September 16, 2019 10:30 AM EST
Mechanical keyboards have come to practically dominate the current gaming peripherals market. With hundreds of manufacturers offering myriads of products, almost every user can easily find at least one product that suits their wants and needs. Despite that, there is still a sub-segment of this market that is greatly unexploited – wireless keyboards. There are many trade-offs that impact the feasibility of wireless mechanical keyboards, especially backlit ones. None of those concerns stopped Corsair from releasing the K63, a wireless version of the venerable tenkeyless K65.
Corsair is one of the largest players in today’s gaming peripherals market. The company has held several exclusive deals with Cherry, the most reputable manufacturer of mechanical key switches, allowing them to slightly outpace their competition. Today we are taking a look at their first wireless mechanical keyboard, the K63. Derived from the company's popular K65 keyboard, the K63 is intended to be a natural extension of the family, producing a mechanical keyboard that be used in environments where a wired keyboard isn't practical.
Overall, the K63 is not just a wireless keyboard, but is in fact a tri-mode keyboard: it can operate via Bluetooth, over 2.4GHz using an included USB wireless adapter, or it can be plugged in directly to a USB port. A wired fallback option is pretty typical for wireless peripherals, however supporting multiple wireless methods is a bit less orthodox. In the case of Corsair's wireless peripherals, the company has made a habit of supporting both Bluetooth and their own 2.4GHz link as a lower-latency option, and that is once again exactly what they have done for the K63.
Finally, along with the K63 keyboard itself, Corsair also supplied us with their Ironclaw wireless gaming mouse. As a keyboard on its own isn't terribly useful without a mouse, Corsair makes both, and they have provided both for us to be able to evaluate the practicability of a fully wireless gaming desktop.
Packaging and Bundle
We received the K63 in a sturdy cardboard box that is covered by a thinner, glossy exterior packaging. The packaging is dark with yellow accents and focused on a picture of the keyboard itself, which has been Corsair’s aesthetic trademark for years.
Inside the box we found the typical quick-start guide and warranty leaflets, a detachable micro USB cable, the 2.4GHz USB adapter, and one micro USB-B to USB-A adapter. There is no keycap puller or extra textured keycaps supplied with this model.
Despite the portability-focused design, Corsair does supply a full wrist rest alongside with the K63. It mimics the excellent wrist rest that we first saw on the K95 RGB Platinum, but it is smaller and the contact surface is not removable. It is soft to the touch and comfortable, yet the friction is great enough to keep a palm from slipping.
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LauRoman - Monday, September 16, 2019 - linkThat site is a piece of crap, automatically generated from Amazon reviews. Do you trust those reviews?
It is quite similar to those sh**ty sites that auto generate the same comparison between two different gpus or cpus by comparing only the number of shaders or cuda cores or simple things. Not temperature or noise or boost clocks or throttling or anything not on the datasheet.
I can't really say anything about the quality of their stuff, because i only ever owned exactly one of their products. A memory kit in the tail end of the C2D/DDR2 era. I usually found better performance for the price, or comparable at a lower price.
I need more than a site that autogenerates reviews based on untrustworthy sources
Sivar - Monday, September 16, 2019 - linkTheir K70 keyboard is certainly not junk -- it is the best designed keyboard I have used. The base of each key is mounted flush with an aluminum plate, making cleaning easier and spills less damaging. The volume knob, also solid metal, makes volume changes easy without the need to look down. The RGB lighting is a bit gimmicky, but can be useful when programming important keys to emit a specific light color, at least in the dark.
The Corsair Vengeance C70 case is among the best designed cases I have ever used, and I have used a lot of them. The cable routing, ease of access to internals, easy disassembly, and top-venting is among the best I have seen. Indeed, the front fascia of the case did have a problem where its mounting was too weak and thus it could too easily be removed, but that was the only flaw I found in an otherwise well-priced and well-designed (and sadly, now discontinued) case.
That said, my Corsair gaming mouse has lost partial functionality in its "back" button as well as its middle-click (with the wheel as a button), which I use frequently. The wheel also always turned too much when using it as a button, leading to unintended scrolling. Not a great design, and mediocre overall hardware quality (though sample size = 1, I may just have a dud).
My Corsair Void Pro wireless headset had connection issues starting about a week after I got it, compared to my 7-yr-old Logitech wireless headset which is amazingly still going strong, albeit with limited battery life.
You win some, you lose some, but with Corsair keyboards, at least the K70, I'll easily call it a win.
olivaw - Monday, September 16, 2019 - linkAbout gaming mouse switches, if you are interested, there is an interesting analysis about the absurdly high rates of switch failures by Alex Kenis in his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5BhECVlKJA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhhRTUrz0R8.
Warning: heavy geekery ahead!
Sivar - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - linkThis is good stuff, thanks!
piiman - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - linkold news and has been fixed
cpupro - Monday, September 16, 2019 - linkCorsair makes good products, never had problems with their stuff and they have good product support.
cpupro - Monday, September 16, 2019 - linkI talk about RAM modules, don't know about other stuff.
Oliseo - Monday, September 16, 2019 - link""No where have I tried to present false information"
And here you are, doing just that. It's hard to take someone seriously when they have no integrity.
Sivar - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - linkLet's not conclude the he has no integrity from a few lines of text. I don't like how the original post was worded (hence my initial reply), but that could be a misworded sentence, a result of a bad day, etc.
lilkwarrior - Monday, September 16, 2019 - linkActually, there are wireless Mouses & keyboards that are more reliable (besides battery running out) & have less latency.
This is especially the case with mouses as of this year & last year with Logitech efforts on the matter