By Andrew Kim posted Jan 19th 2012
If you’ve read my previous blog write-ups on the Corsair Vengeance® K60 FPS Gaming Keyboard and the Vengeance M60 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse, then you’ll know that in the past I was never a big promoter of expensive keyboards and mice. By “expensive” I mean, anything over twenty ($20.00) dollars, and I say all of this because such products have almost never enhanced my own user experience to the point where I felt the price was justified. The Vengeance K60 and M60 really changed my tune by following an essential design philosophy: simple appearance, and quality performance. Our flagship Vengeance K90 MMO Gaming Keyboard and M90 MMO Laser Mice follow the the same philosophy, just turned up to 11. Well — turned up to 54 actually...
Vengeance K90 MMO Gaming Keyboard
Vengeance M90 MMO Laser Gaming Mouse
While the K60 is designed for serious FPS gamers, the K90 is designed for the ultimate in MMO/RTS gaming. As you can see, the entire left segment of the keyboard is an array of eighteen “G-Keys”, with three different macro banks, totaling fifty-four possible macro programs. Over-kill? It might seem so at first, but before I explain why it all makes sense, let’s get the basics out of the way.
Vengeance K90 G-Key macro section with M1, M2 and M3 profile buttons and Macro Record
Just like the Vengeance K60, the K90 has the same layout of Cherry MX red mechanical key switches. These key switches are considered to be the best, requiring the least amount of depression force while providing the smoothest action and creating the least amount of “click” with each action. The K90 is also fully-backlit, and when we say that “the K90 is fully backlit” we mean it. Every single key has its own LED, ensuring the brightest and most even backlighting possible.
As you can see, the K90 shares an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis with the K60 to backup the rest of its fine and hefty build quality. However, as this is an MMO/RTS keyboard, the palm rest is of a more traditional layout than the K60, and the key shells are smooth and non-textured, separating themselves from the textured and colored keys of the K60.
So what’s with the 54 G-keys? Many users will play WoW or Starcraft II with one character or one race. Serious gamers will play with more, and in the case of Starcraft II, a game close to my heart as a proud Korean, any respectable player will be capable of using Terran, Protoss and Zerg. As each race has different commands and capabilities, it would be tedious and time-consuming to reprogram macros with every change in race, and hence the three profiles of G-keys. Although not exactly the same, this scenario has its parallel examples for all other MMO and RTS game out there.
Alternatively if you’re not an intense gamer, but you’re still mad that Crysis II has a million buttons that only a brain with photographic memory could memorize, those G-keys serve as a useful means of reorganizing keys. Rather than having “X” be some spell and “Y” be a related counter spell, why not just reprogram those two to be G1 and G2 right next to each other?
The possibilities are endless, and that’s what makes this keyboard so effective. But the best part of it all is that what you don’t use doesn’t get in your way. No flashing lights and no clumped up chaos — just focused, utilitarian design.
Paired with the Vengeance M90 MMO gaming mouse, any serious gamer using the Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard should have a very difficult time coming up with an honest excuse for why they couldn’t perform their very best.