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Corsair Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000003-NA)

67% Positive Reviews
Rated #80 in Keyboards


Pros: Good build quality, bright backlit keys

Cons: Not fully mechanical, only offers MX red switches, can't access in UEFI or to get into UEFI

Just not worth the money. Honestly, the K90 is uncomfortable to type on, and only offers MX Red switches. For 139$, I would expect at least some options. Sadly, Corsair doesn't give us any options and only offers red switches. The excuse is that it's best for gaming. Well, actually the best switches are all in personal preference. Some people like browns over reds for gaming, typing, etc.
On my MSI Z77A-GD55, I can't use the K90 to access the UEFI. My G110 works fine, but the K90 doesn't register anything. So in order to get into my UEFI, I have to go get my G110. That's great... $139 is a hefty price tag, and Corsair's K90 doesn't live up to it.


Pros: Sleek Design, Great LED's

Cons: Not Fully Mechanical, Some of the LED's seem to die easily, dealbreaking firmware issue

First Let me say that the people over at Corsair did a great job designing this keyboard, however looks can't solve the issues. I would have listed all the cons, but they sort of need an explanation along with them so here they are:

It's not fully mechanical which is sort of annoying but not a dealbreaker as I probably won't be using the Fkeys too often anyway.
On the third day of use I noticed that two of the LED's had died
The Keys are not consistent. What I mean by this is that the some of the keys that are mechanical almost feel different than the others (require more force to be pushed down)

The dealbreaker: This Keyboard will not let you into the Bios depending on your board. The issue is apparently Corsair firmware, and they have avoided the problem on their forums, saying it it a motherboard specific issue, despite being triggered immediately after their firmware update.

You shouldn't have to pay $130 for a keyboard that feels like it still needs quite a bit of work


Pros: MX Red swithches, blacklighting, wristrest

Cons: Not all keys mechanical

When first deciding on which switch to get I was mainly looking at the MX Blues and the MX Reds.

The Blues felt awesome but the noise was a killer for me.

MX Reds it was.

The MX Reds have a tactile feel and are very easy to press.

The K90 comes with great Cherry MX Red switches, each individually backlit, giving it an awesome glow not only during the night but also during daytime.

The LED glow can be adjusted to 33%. 66%, or full 100% glow.

The only thing that Corsair did wrong in my opinion was not making all of the keys mechanical.

Luckily I do my research so I knew that the 18 macro keys, the F1-F12, and the Insert, Detele, Home, End, Page Up and Down keys aren't mechanical.

Overall the keyboard looks great though, the brushed aluminum gives it a sleek look, the multimedia keys can come in handy and the volume adjuster is just great.

I haven't played around with macros much but I presume they will work just fine.

The keyboard spots built in memory so the macros will be saved even in the case of windows reinstall.

There is also an option to disable the windows key which can come in handy for gaming.

The wrist rest spans across the whole keyboard and gives it a comfortable feel.

I do however find it somewhat challenging to type quickly and accurately, but I hope this will improve as I get used to the keyboard.

I would recommend the keyboard for gaming, but if you are looking to type, perhaps look into the MX Browns.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000003-NA)

The Corsair Vengeance K90 is a premium performance mechanical keyboard designed for superior Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) and Real Time Strategy (RTS) gaming. It features Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches which are of the best of the best key switches and coveted by gamers. They are defined by their low-operating force (45g) and smooth, linear key switch design so you can get quicker double and triple clicks… without the annoying click of a typist's keyboard. 18 dedicated, customizable macro keys provide easy access to your most frequently used macros, presets and key combinations. Full Key Matrix Anti-Ghosting and 20 Key Roll-over on USB detects and reports any simultaneous combination of key-presses with each key press being reported independently. Professional grade brushed aluminum chassis with laser etched, backlit keys provides a comfortable, yet rugged design with outstanding illumination.

BindingPersonal Computers
FeatureWindows Lock key for uninterrupted game play
Height3 inches
Length24 inches
Weight3 pounds
Width6 inches
List Price$129.99
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameKEYBOARDS
TitleCorsair Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000003-NA)
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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