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I guess not. Guess people will have to wait til the 21st.

Or just order from NCIX like I linked above, lol
post #12 of 18
I returned my Blackwidow Ultimate today. I liked the ability to do on the fly macros, adjustable back light, solid feel to the keys, etc.

I did not like the fact the it cost so much but could possibly hold me back with the 2key roll over issues. I'm not sure why they didn't take care of the zxc and arrow keys.
They never actively stopped me from playing anything yet, and probably never would have. But when people unload $130 on a keyboard they expect near perfection.

I'm pretty anti-bling on my computer stuff. But if I'm going to spend the $$$ on a keyboard I want the ability to do macros and lighting if I want to.

Anyways I was faced with the choice of a TT Meka G1, SteelSeries g6v2, or Corsair K60 and K90. There was some regular keyed ones and some stuff that looked like it fell of a mech as well.

I love Corsair product. So I took a chance that it would maintain their quality and eliminate the possibility of kro trouble.

I picked up a K90 at Memory Express.
I'll give a review in a bit.
Edited by jellowiggler - 12/16/11 at 12:30pm
post #13 of 18
OK. First impressions.


Really nice brushed metal finish and excellent wrist rest.
It feels really solid. Note that there is no body or chassis around the keys. The brushed metal is the support that the switches are mounted on to.

The media controls are great, especially the textured metal volume roller.
The lighting controls have 3 levels of brightness and the windows lockout key are together and work as they should.

All the illumination is nice. But this leads into the one BIG gotcha with this board.

You will notice that there are 3 shades of illumination on the board.

The main keys, the F keys and ins/del center block, and the macro keys. This is all great and it looks awesome.

But the different illumination denotes not only the category of the keys they light up, but also what kind of switching mechanism the keys are mounted on.

The main keys are Cherry MX red mechanical switches, these feel awesome! Everything I would expect from a high quality mechanical keyboard.

However. the F keys, macro and center block keys are membrane!

They feel like total mush compared to what you are typing on when using the board.

I don't mind the macro keys. (Which are are 18 of! Too many in my opinion.) You don't really use them in the normal context of a key.

But the ones that get me are the Esc, F2 (rename), F5 (refresh) and Del/Home/End keys. I use these all the time and I don't know if I can handle having them not feel the same.

Other than them going with a hybrid mechanism scheme I think this is the best gaming board out there. By this I mean a board that has macros and back lighting along with at least 6kro and solid quality switches and feel. It also has one powered USB port pass through. No mic or headphone jack.

If you don't want lighting or macros I would still say go with a SteelSeries g6v2 or a TT Meka G1.

If you want lighting and/or macro this K90 is the best out there. It's still above the non stealth Blackwidows in rollover and general quality (the stealth models went to 6kro from 2kro). The quality of the Corsair and the advertised 20kro (I haven't tested to see if it really is higher than 6 yet, and it wouldn't make a difference if it was. I can't hit more than 6 keys in a normal situation.)

The K90 also has an unlit, no macro little brother called the K60. It has a mix of key mechanisms too. K60 $100, K90 $130.

As for me, I have to give this board a little while. It may be going back for a Meka G1. We'll see. I want macros and lighting, but not at the expense of different feeling keys.
Edited by jellowiggler - 12/16/11 at 1:20pm
post #14 of 18
thanks for the review, jello
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No problem.

I took it back. I don't understand how a great company like Corsair can market the k90 as a mechanical keyboard when there are about 40 keys which are not mechanical on it.

I exchanged it for a Meka G1 and I am enjoying it. I really don't need a backlight and have never used a macro button in a game. I did think they were cool features to offer though.

It has also come to my attention that there is the Meka G unit. This is the G1 plus a funny large enter key, macros and white backlight. I think I'm done messing with different kbs. I just want to compute and game with a solid piece of equipment that has as few compromises as possible.

Anyone looking could go to wasdkeyboards and get a really nice semi-custom for a similar price to a black widow ult or a k90. You get to pick key colours, fonts, switches, etc. I thought that was pretty cool.
Edited by jellowiggler - 12/18/11 at 3:01pm
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Jello is there an option to turn the back lighting off ?
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post #17 of 18
Yes there was.

There are two small round silver plastic buttons side by side above print screen and scroll lock on the right hand side of the keyboard. One turns the Windows key lock on/off, the other changes the backlight. The settings are 0%, 33%, 66%, 100% brightness.
Edited by jellowiggler - 12/22/11 at 12:08pm
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I just picked up the corsair k90 keyboard today - things I have noticed so far - it is really easy to mistype because of the Cherry MX Reds. I gamed on it all day however, (SC2/Battlefield 3) and I have to say the response time is quite a bit faster than my crappy logitech (20$ w/ a mouse) keyboard i had before.The keys do not bug me, that much, although i found the Escape key a bit lower than the rest of the keys which bugs me if im trying to cancel units in SC2 and the Caps lock key gets pressed quite a bit. This is likely because I am just not used to the keyboard/mechanical boards in general. The more I use it the more i will get used to the placement.


For me the hybrid composition is not a dealbreaker at all, in fact if it saved me a couple bucks I am happy. I prefer the extra macro keys over the Razer BWU's 5 or 6, and the media buttons/scroll wheel is AMAZING. Worked right away with songbird, which I was surprised as I believed it to be a fairly non-standard music player (vs. itunes/windows media player). This might be more to do with windows than the software/keyboard, not sure..

Overall, build quality is superb, media keys/macro keys are great, typing on it is something i will have to get used to, gaming on it is amazing. I would go for this over the Razer, as I find the razer boards look a bit tacky. If I were to try something else, I would probably pick up the Ducky or the 6vg2 from steelseries, however the lack of backlighting + macro keys on those is not ideal. I also don't like the clicking noise from MX blues, which has steered me away from the BWU.

I recommend this keyboard for sure, but be sure to try it before buying to make sure the rubber dome keys are something you can live with and that you like the general look/feel of the board.

Cheers, happy keyboard hunting.

Ps. got in on sale for $114.99!!! @ http://www.canadacomputers.com/

.. whoah just realized this thread is like 4 weeks old, sorry...
Edited by WORLDs - 1/16/12 at 9:08pm
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