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- Blue backlight
- Excellent quality
- Cherry MX RED switches
- Cable, 2.4Ghz or Bluetooth
- Dedicated multimedia keys
- No RGB
- Lapboard is expensive
- 15 hours of autonomy
Most gaming keyboards and mice are designed to be used on a desk, connected by cable to a USB port on the back of the computer. However, more and more gamers like to game on the TV, thanks to devices like Steam Link. If you are looking for a peripheral that lets you play from the sofa then the Corsair K63 Wireless ($84.99) gaming keyboard (along with the Gaming Lapboard) is the perfect companion.
Corsair K63 Wireless – Design
This gaming keyboard is intended to be used wirelessly, either via Bluetooth or using the 2.4GHz dongle. In addition, you can also connect it with the included micro-USB cable to USB 3.0 or 3.1 port. It will work with USB 2.0, but Corsair insists on a USB 3.0 since this port provides additional voltage to charge the battery.
At the top of the keyboard, we can find a series of dedicated multimedia keys that will allow us to control the volume and playback of all our multimedia files. We can also find a series of handy shortcuts embedded into the F keys.
Corsair K63 Wireless – Performance
Using the Corsair K63 Wireless is extremely comfortable, both for gaming and typing. The Cherry MX Red keys work perfectly, although they can be a bit noisy. The blue backlight which is also adjustable makes this keyboard very comfortable to use in the dark. Sadly the autonomy takes a hit and can last only for about 9 hours (with maximum brightness) according to personal experience.
It is also fully customizable via the CUE software (like every other Corsair peripheral). It lets you configure macros, keyboard lighting effects and some performance options (polling frequency and response time with a maximum value of 1000Hz and 1ms respectively), or system behavior.
CUE also allows us to know at all times the remaining battery, something quite useful when you want to game. Even so, the keyboard itself has an indicator that will turn red when the battery level is critical.
Note that you will not be able to use CUE via Bluetooth; it works only using the included dongle or cable.
Corsair K63 Wireless – User experience
As we said before, the Corsair K63 Wireless uses Cherry MX Red mechanical switches. It is true that there are other types of switches even more focused on gaming, such as the Cherry MX Speeds, but their extremely short activation travel makes them less ideal for writing.
The thing I really miss is the numeric keypad. However, being this a “portable” keyboard it is expected that will have a more compact form factor. Thankfully the keys aren’t smaller or placed closer together.
Using this keyboard wired or via the 2.4GHz wireless connection I couldn’t tell the difference in response time. To achieve this, however, you must make sure that there a clear line of sight between the keyboard and its dongle.
Corsair K63 Wireless – Gaming Lapboard
The first time we saw this gadget it seemed really uncomfortable to use, but we were pleasantly surprised. After two hours of play, the Gaming Lapboard ($59.00) has turned out to be really comfortable while sitting on the couch and the lag was virtually non-existent.
Corsair K63 Wireless – Verdict
If you are considering the Corsair K63 Wireless because you want to use it in combination with the Gaming Lapboard ($143.99) the only answer is: “go for it” because it is a great combination.
The Corsair K63 Wireless is also a great keyboard by itself. Good mechanical wireless keyboards are rare and if you also want a backlit one, this is your only option.
The real question is do you need a wireless gaming keyboard? And the answer to that is that if you want/need the added versatility (and mobility) of a wireless keyboard, and you are OK with its tenkeyless format and MX Red switches, then the Corsair K63 Wireless ($84.99) is the perfect keyboard for you.
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