|Item model number||CH-9000040-NA|
|Operating System||Windows 7, Windows 8,, Windows Vista, or Windows XP|
|Item Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||14 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||14 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches|
Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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- Compact 10-Keyless Design - Fits into smaller desktop spaces and packs easily for transport to gaming events
- Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switches - Smooth, linear key response for ultra fast double and triple taps without the audible click
- Full Sized Keys - Uses standard mechanical keys for full sized keyboard comfort
- Brushed Gunmetal Anodized Aluminum Chassis - Professional-Grade look and feel plus the rugged durability needed for hours of gaming
- Full Key Matrix Anti-Ghosting with Full Key Rollover on USB - Every keystroke translates into accurate gameplay-even when multiple keys are pressed
- Detachable USB Cable with built-in Cable Routing - Unplugs from the keyboard for easy packing and locks in place for reliable use when you are there
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Short-body design, Full-sized keys, Mechanical precision
Vengeance K65 is the compact high-performance mechanical gaming keyboard for travelling gamers or anybody who has limited space. The full-size key spacing won’t throw you off your game, and the Cherry MX Red key switches give you smooth, linear key response for ultra fast double and triple taps without the audible click.
There’s 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB for accurate gameplay, no matter how fast you are. And, the travel-friendly detachable braided cloth USB cable has cable management for quick and easy stowage.
100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB
Every keystroke translates into accurate gameplay—even when multiple keys are pressed.
Detachable, braided cloth USB cable with cable management
It’s durable and easy to stow, plus the K65 has cable routing to keep the cable locked in.
About Corsair Gaming Keyboards
Corsair gaming keyboards are designed for competitive play. Crafted with high-quality components and materials, they offer great key feel and the responsiveness you need when victory is essential. They deliver incredible responsiveness, customizability and precision to elevate your game.
- Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
- PC with USB port
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|Hardware Connectivity||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||USB||USB 2.0|
|Item Dimensions||6.5 x 14 x 1.5 in||7.1 x 18.4 x 1.4 in||17.1 x 19.3 x 7.8 in||1.4 x 15.37 x 7.29 in|
|Item Weight||1.9 lbs||2.31 lbs||2.65 lbs||1 lb|
Short-body design. Full-sized keys. Mechanical precision. Vengeance K65 is the compact high-performance mechanical gaming keyboard for travelling gamers or anybody who has limited space. The full-size key spacing wonâ€™t throw you off your game, and the
Top Customer Reviews
The K65 has a gunmetal aluminum base plate. It's silver in color and cool to the touch, with a brushed finish. This is one of the best selling points of the Vengeance series of keyboards, as the keys hover over the base plate instead of sitting recessed in the chassis like most keyboards. Like the K60 before it, the K65 is not backlit. The K65 has a removable micro USB cable thats braided. Underneath is a plastic backside, with flip out feet. I prefer the flip out feet as there isn't a chance of the keyboard collapsing if you push against it too hard by mistake. One great feature of the K series is the inclusion of a keycap puller and extra gaming keys. These are not present here. You do get gray keys for WASD and arrow keys, as opposed to the black for the rest of the keys, but it would have been nice to include black keys with the grays as optional. I love the textured spacebar, little triangles cover the spacebar for a nice feel. There is also no wrist rest, a first for the K series of keyboards. This is annoying as the bigger models get a wrist rest, and great ones at that, but you'll have to provide your own here. There is no pass through like the K70, but this isn't bad as this is a portable unit and the cord is removable instead. Like the K60, you better like Cherry MX Red switches, as you don't get a choice like the K70. I do like the Reds, but a choice would have been nice. Corsair also left off the volume wheel, something that bummed me out. In its place is dedicated volume buttons, something I'd prefer not to use. There is also a dedicated Windows key lockout, a nice touch not making it a Fn key. What is a Fn key is the media playback, removed from its dedicated origins on the bigger K's. There is not one key that includes a backlight, instead the Caps and Scroll lock get a white LED in the top right for active indication. The polling switch makes it's appearance on this keyboard too. The removable spacebar leads to a blue USB plug with a silver metal. Sadly there is no routing for the cable, just a small channel out the back. Only 4 small feet keep it in place, with no rubber coating the flip up feet.
Sporting NKRO, ghosting was a non-issue. Microsoft's ghosting website confirmed this, as no matter how many keys I could press, they all registered. There is no software at all, and no firmware I could find. I am quite OK with this, as this is a pure gaming keyboard and no software to get in the way. The way Corsair handles polling is nice but requires a little research for the actual polling rates. It's labeled 1,2,4, and 8, with 8 being 125Hz, up to 1 being 1000Hz. This makes it a little confusing. It's best to keep it on 1, and there's also a BIOS for those with a little problem with the motherboard booting into BIOS. I got a best of 64 WPM on typeracer.com with an error rate of 3%, which isn't bad because I type terribly on Reds because of their linear nature, bottoming out regularly. With a 45g actuation, the Reds feel nice when gaming but no so much for typing. The nice clack the keyboard makes is pleasing to the ear. Gaming was excellent too.
I feel Corsair made a few missteps with the K65. The lack of a wrist rest is big for me, as I love the K70's wrist rest. Corsair fixed this with the RGB version of the K65, but even the K60 came with a little wrist rest by the WASD area. The lack of extra keycaps is also upsetting as the bigger K's get this, minus the RGB. Some bemoan keycaps that are included, but I love them as it gives it a little flair. It seems like I bashed this keyboard, but it was really great for gaming. Plus it looks incredible, feels incredible, and games play great on it. If you don't mind a numpad, get the K70. If you must have TKL, at $89 when I bought it, this is a great buy.
Pros: Amazing fit and finish, great looks, pure Cherry MX switches, textured spacebar, gray WASD and arrow keys, Winkey lockout.
Cons: No choice of switches, no USB channeling, no replaceable keycaps, no wrist rest, no USB pass through, volume buttons instead of wheel, Fn keys for media instead of dedicated keys.
Linear Cherry MX Reds
More expensive than major competitors at this price range, but worth every penny
This is my first Corsair keyboard and I regret not buying Corsair earlier. Coming from 3 Razer keyboards the difference is phenomenal and it left me wondering what I've spent my money on in the past.
Seeing as I've used mainly Razer products in the past, my review will be in the form of comparison between the tenkeyless keyboards produced by these two manufacturers.
First up, build quality:
-Razer Blackwidow Tournament - plastic, makes noises when bent, easily scratched out lettering, hard to clean
-Corsair K65 - aluminum, solid, silent, easier to clean due to raised switches
-Razer Blackwidow Tournament - no cable routing, poor fitting USB socket, disconnection issues, a nightmare
-Corsair K65 - underside cable routing for extra durability, your keyboard lasts much longer, and it's unlikely for your connection to drop.
-Razer - 1 year, you pay shipping
-Corsair - 2 years, they pay shipping most of the time, but with a product this solid I can see why they're confident with this model.
-Razer - Blues (tactile feedback, nothing would signal your presence better than the blues, for these are extremely loud with an audible click). The blues require an actuation force of 50g.
-Corsair - Reds (linear switch without any clicking noise). These are much less obnoxious than blues and require an actuation force of 45g, not much difference here but I personally think the reds are much better for gaming due to the ability to spam faster. These perform just as well as blues for typing when you learn not to bottom out your keys (and thus glide across the keyboard faster).
-Razer - 10 key rollover, you can input 10 characters at the exact same time. This keyboard does not come with dedicated media keys. You will have to use FN key every time.
-Corsair - full key matrix rollover, you can face roll your entire keyboard at the exact same time and all inputs will be registered. This keyboard also comes with dedicated volume up/down, Windows lock key, and a mute key.
-Razer - GL, you'll need it
-Corsair - you can order replacement key caps if you ever need a set (many of their key caps are cross-compatible)
-Razer - Synapse 2.0 - a buggy software that is frankly unnecessary for the Tournament Edition. I find it pointless to install as the Tournament Edition didn't have any macro keys. The software is only good for controlling the Razer logo.
-Corsair - no software, and didn't need one.
-Razer - the keyboard traps more gunk and debris compared to Corsair due to the sunken in switches, the caps are also much harder to remove.
-Corsair - you can easily clean the keyboard without removing the caps, but if necessary, you can just remove it with 2 fingers quite effortlessly as opposed to needing a ring/wired puller.
The bottom line:
Corsair distinguishes itself from competitors (at least Razer) by using quality materials and doing a better job with QC. With this approach they're also able to offer longer warranty periods. Personally I'm more confident buying their products knowing this.
While both keyboards are "Made in China", you wouldn't be able to tell a thing with the Corsair keyboard without actually reading the label. You cannot say that for Razer - just look at their 1 year warranty and try to figure out why.
Given my previous experience buying Corsair products (PSU, memory, cooling solutions), I have no issues placing my trust in them. I hope Corsair will keep up the good work and continue to show competitors how it's really done.
If you're a first time Corsair customer, stop hesitating. I've looked through literally every keyboard available on the market, and this is what you will want.