The Corsair K63 is a gamer’s dream come true – it’s sleek, sturdy, affordable and doesn’t occupy too much precious real estate
As games become more graphically and mechanically demanding, so does the demand for high-quality and compact peripherals to free up cluttered desk space rises. The Corsair K63 is a gamer’s dream come true – it’s sleek, sturdy, affordable and doesn’t occupy too much precious real estate. Don’t believe us? Let’s kick-off our Corsair K63 review and see what this keyboard has to offer.
What we played: Rainbow Six: Siege, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Dawn of Man
*This item was not provided by Corsair. It was purchased by Unleash The Gamer for review purposes only.
|The Good||The Bad|
|Comfortable||Edges are a bit too sharp|
|Sturdy, high damage resistance||Limited customization options|
|Neat, simple design that fits any color-configuration||Only one color option - red|
|Compact keyboard, can be easily stored in a small backpack||The lack of NUMPAD keys might bother some people|
Corsair K63 Gaming Keyboard
Compared to other keyboards of similar size, the Corsair K63 feels comfortable even after long gaming sessions. Being a mechanical keyboard, the buttons are tall, which helps maintain the wrist in a natural position. There’s one tiny quirk I’d like to mention – the extremely sharp edges of the keyboard. Unfortunately, even after extensive testing, I can’t tell if this was an accidental design flaw or intentional. But, judging by the fact that the edge is far enough from where the hands stand as to not cause injuries, I’d be hard-pressed to believe it’s accidental. All in all, I would call this a very comfortable keyboard.
The design of the keyboard is simple, sleek and minimalistic. Its design, while it might be a tad too minimalistic for some people, means that it fits almost any color configurations if that type of thing matters for you.
Moreover, the elevation of the keys, coupled with their angulature, gives the keyboard a uniform and pleasant aspect. The RGB options are nothing to write home about, but they’re diverse enough to please at a minimum level. It supports seven visual effects – Visor, Rain, Pulse, Wave, Type Lightning and Static, which can be customized.
One thing that some people won’t like – but I’m totally fine with, sort of – is the fact that the RGB supports only a single color, that being red. Admittedly, it’s in theme with the design of the keyboard, but I’d lie if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed when I was fiddling with the software and there were no additional colors to be found.
However, this is just a nitpick and not a deal-breaker, but if you want a Mardi Gras parade on the background while gaming, this might not be the keyboard for you.
Being a tenkeyless keyboard, the Corsair K 63 is naturally compact. In fact, I could go as far as saying that it’s one of the most compact mechanical keyboards within this price range, so much so that I had no issue fitting it on my cluttered desk. As a point of reference, it fits in an average-sized backpack even if inside the box.
However, its petite size does come with a drawback – people with bigger than average hands (this guy included) will have some adjustment problems, and the keyboard might become slightly uncomfortable after a while. Fortunately, it’s not a deal breaker, as users felt the keyboard was very comfortable, myself included after spending more time using it.
Don’t let its size fool you, this is a very sturdy keyboard that is capable of withstand lots of abuse and angry gaming sessions. And don’t worry, there’s no way you’re knocking this bad boy off the desk – you’ll have a better chance sweeping a brick off the desk than this keyboard.
Its sturdiness and firmness is especially useful in micromanagement-heavy games – Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft or Company of Heroes 2, if anybody plays that game anymore -, where you’ll find yourself punching multiple keys in quick succession. While a cheaper and lighter keyboard would end up at the edge of the desk three minutes into a Rainbow Six: Siege match, the Corsair K63 stays firmly in place.
The K63 has no dedicated macro keys or even a Function Key, but it does come with four media keys in the top-left part of the keyboard – stop, backward, forward, play/pause), a Windows key lock button, three dedicated audio buttons in the top-right corner (mute, volume down, volume up).
In the noise department, I’m glad to report that the Corsair K63 sounds as satisfying as any mechanical keyboard should. On the downside, it’s extremely noisy compared to other similar keyboards. So if you want to use this keyboard on a regular basis, either sound-proof your walls or make sure to keep it as far away from people who are trying to sleep as possible.
All in all, the Corsair K63 is an excellent gaming keyboard with tons of great features that will satisfy a wide range of consumers. It’s sleek, minimalistic, reliable and capable of withstanding lots of abuse, a very useful perk when it comes to gaming. However, it’s worth mentioning the sharp edges and the lack of NUMPAD keys, which might bother some people, but they’re fortunately far from being deal-breakers. The Corsair K63 is the quintessential gaming keyboard, and for that, I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Corsair K63 Gaming Keyboard
|Connection||USB (2 ports)|
|Illumination||Yes (one color)|
|Macro Keys||No macro keys|
|Media Keys||Dedicated media controls|
|USB Passthrough||No USB Passthrough|
|Matrix||100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover|
|Type & Name||Cherry MX Red, mechanical|
|Lifetime||50 Million Keypresses|
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