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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Fastest latency on the market. Quickest linear switches for gaming, smooth feel with satisfying resonant bottom out, no mush. Braided thick cable. The white PCB and the clear switch housings both contribute to insanely bright RGB LEDs, looks great with puddings. Great sync in iCue with your other Corsair stuff. Includes standard PBT keycap set (OEM profile) plus some nice extra ABS spacebar and esc keys if you want to feel fancy. This part is big: Compared with other 60 companies, Corsair is always available for customer service without a language barrier and without shipping repairs around the world, their firmware updates frequently, and is nearly always in stock if needed for RMA replacement. Also, their subreddit isn't hundreds of posts going unanswered asking how to fix broken keyboards (looking at you, Ducky) and it doesn't cost 80$ for shipping plus duties (looking at you, Varmilo.)
Fn layer arrow keys: UHJK, instead of the IJKL arrows on most 60s, (its weird to pinky fn and claw up to reach UHJK.) No height adjust feet. No QMK firmware. No Audio Visualizer in iCue (maybe in future firmware update?) Stabilizers are okay for the pricepoint, thankfully very rigid but a bit of wobble on the cherry stems, although less wobble than AnnePro 2 Gaterons. Mouse clicks and volume in fn layer feel useless: Who doesn't have a mouse or a volume knob already? Would have preferred more unbound fn keys and less icons permanently printed on the keycaps' side legends cluttering the design. Less would have been more with the fn layer and keycap legends. Lastly, the white setting on the RGB is the tiniest bit blue, pretty much the same tint as the LL120 case fans which is really just a nitpick, you can add a pink tone in iCue to whiten it.
Probably 20$ overpriced considering the keyboard is basic OEM style case, non-hotswap PCB, non-QMK firmware, and wired only. However is 20$ extra worth paying for Corsair customer service and reliability? Up to you obviously, but for me it was. The bottom line: after a short adjustment period getting used to silvers, the combo of the switches and the latency have increased my WPM barely above my goal of 100 and my reflexes and responses in game are noticeably more natural, fluid, and decisive without a hint of input delay. Quite happy with purchase, but would be an easy 5/5 at 129.99.