Q&A On Corsair Vengeance Gaming Keyboards and Mice

By John Beekley, on September 16, 2011


Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about Corsair's Vengeance Gaming Keyboards and Vengeance Gaming Mice.

Q: Are mechanical keyboards “better” than typical gaming keyboards?

A: In our opinion, yes. The issue is mechanical switch vs rubber dome key technology. Both can have similar performance characteristics, even similar durability. But it is very difficult, but not impossible, to make a rubber dome key switch with the feel and actuation of a mechanical key switch.

Q: Does the Corsair Gaming keyboards have anti-ghosting capability?

A: Yes, 100% ghost free.

Q: Does it support N-key rollover?

A: Yes. In fact, the Vengeance Gaming keyboards support 20-key rollover, far greater than the industry-standard 6-key rollover supported by most USB keyboards.

Q: What is on-the-fly macro recording, and how does it work?

A: On-the-fly macro recording allows you to record a set of keystrokes and assign them to a macro key. Just as it sounds, this can be done on-the-fly, while you are playing a game.

To record an on-the-fly macro, hit the “record” button on the keyboard. Next, hit the G- key that you want to assign the macro recording to. And you immediately record everything you type next on the keyboard, until you hit the “record” button again to stop recording. Two key presses is all it takes to record a key sequence straight from the keyboard. No complicated software settings, no countdowns.

Q: Why does the Corsair not have a PS/2 port option?

A: In modern multi-core systems optimized for multi-threading tasks, the PS/2 system carries a larger processing overhead compared to USB handing. In addition, Corsair gaming USB devices use Full Speed USB, which exceeds PS/2 in data transfer .

Q: What can I use to clean the keyboard (and/or mouse)?

A: Use a soft clean cloth or tissue.

Q: How can I adjust the polling rate and response rates of the keyboard and mouse?

A: Use Corsair’s Vengeance Gaming keyboard and mouse software under “Manage Performance” to see polling rate from 1000Hz ( 1ms) to 125Hz ( 8ms).

Q: What are profiles? How many profiles can I save?

A: A Profile is a set of data that stores your keyboard /mouse configuration and key/button assignments. A maximum of 50 profiles can be saved.

Q: How are Cherry MX Red mechanical keys different than other mechanical keyboards?

A: Cherry MX Red is the fastest action switch of the Cherry mechanical switch series. It has a non-tactile key feel while depressing, short 2mm makepoint travel distance, and does not have a loud “click” at the bottom. Cherry MX “red” keys are generally acknowledged to be among the best mechanical key switches for computer gaming.

Q: How do I change out the keycaps on my K60 keyboard?

A: Use key cap tool stored in K60 palmrest to pull off key caps

Q: How does the aluminum body on the keyboards (and mice) help with durability?

A: It provides a very rigid construction. Due the rigid construction the aluminum top plate provides, the keyboard can’t be warped or flexed. This prevents stresses on the electronics PCB and switch assembly.

Q: Are the buttons on the M90 and M60 fully reprogrammable?

A: Yes, using the software supplied with the product.

Q: Can I adjust the sensitivity of the “Sniper” button on the M60?

A: Yes, using the software supplied with the product.

Q: How can I import/export a profile in the Vengeance Keyboard/Mouse SW?

A: Use software export/import function of the right-click popup menu for G-Keys, mouse buttons (from “Button Assign” or “Key Assign”tab) or configured keyboard or mouse profiles (under “Manage Profile” tab).

Q: Do the Corsair M60 and M90 have the “lift detection” feature?

A: Yes, they detect up to 5 levels.