A straightforward, rock-solid keyboard for FPS gamers
CORSAIR IS aiming at the very top of the gaming keyboard market with its Vengeance line—two boards with exquisite build quality and luxury price tags. The FPS-oriented K60 may be the cheaper of the two, but it still comes in at more than $100 MSRP, and will never be accused of feeling cheap.
In fact, the primary draw of the K60 is its elegant, simple design. The keyboard’s thin, heavy foundation has a brushed-aluminum face, and houses the mechanical Cherry MX Red switches in a unique non-recessed configuration that leaves no place for dust and crumbs to collect. The nicely spaced keycaps are rugged-feeling with a very light texture. We prefer the clicky Cherry MX Blue switches for typing, but the smooth Reds only require a light touch and provide an excellent, highly responsive gaming experience. Interestingly, Corsair seems to have opted to save money by using membrane switches for the function and navigation keys, giving the keys a non-uniform feel.
Think you're having a productive Thursday? You've got nothing on the memory makers over at Corsair. It's barely past lunch time on the east coast and the company has already announced plans to drop its plans for a $78 million IPO thanks to "weak equity market conditions," and while the bigwigs were busy doing that, Corsair somehow squeezed in the time to launch its new Force Series 3 SSD notebook upgrade kits. Meanwhile, I'm barely through my second cup of coffee.
Pardon the wordplay, but peripheral maker Corsair is attacking its wireless headset and PC case lines with a Vengeance (with a capital 'V'). Vengeance, of course, is the moniker Corsair attaches to its gaming products, and especially its line of high performance RAM. Corsair said it's planning to expand its Vengeance line, starting with the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 gaming headset and Vengeance C70 computer case.
We awarded Corsair’s HS1 USB headset a 9 verdict last year, remarking that its huge 50mm drivers, solid and comfortable construction, and $100 price tag added up to a surprisingly good value for a freshman effort. The one element that denied the HS1 a Kick Ass award was its uninspired—nay, downright ugly—industrial design.
Corsair’s new flagship USB headset, the Vengeance 1500, retains all the strengths of the HS1 and eliminates nearly all its weaknesses.
We first spied Corsair's Link software at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas...in 2011. An official announcement would follow later in the year at the Computex convention in Taiwan and we were told Corsair's Link Cooling and Link Cooling and Lighting kits would ship in July. Well, better late than never, right? As CES 2012 wraps up, Corsair is putting the word out that its Link system is now available to purchase.
You know a technology’s starting to make it big when kinder, gentler, easier to install versions of it begin hitting the streets. Looks like we’re getting there with SSDs; just last week, Crucial said it planned on releasing a stand-alone SSD cache solution to give PCs a speed boost, and today, Corsair followed suit, announcing an SSD/software tandem that can perk up your PC with a minimum of muss and fuss.
Joe the smug console gamer can take his PlayStation 3 and stick it in a very unpleasant place, we'll stick with PC gaming, thank you very much. We've spent years honing our keyboard and mouse skills, two of the most deadliest weapons in the hands of a PC gamer, which is why peripheral makers put so much focus on them. Even Corsair, a company best known for its memory and power supply products, is getting in on the fun.
Before there was Sandy Bridge, you could argue there wasn't any point in equipping your notebook with enthusiast grade RAM. But now that even mainstream laptops have a bit of high-octane spunk in their DNA, Corsair's hoping there will be an audience for its new Vengeance SO-DIMM memory upgrade kits. These are high-performance memory kits comparable to desktop parts, but built for mobile form factors.
Corsair can add another memory overclocking record to its belt, this latest one set using the company's Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3 RAM. Using a liberal amount of liquid nitrogen, Corsair employee and avid overclocker Jake "Planet" Crimmins cranked the frequency all the up to a mind numbing 1733.8MHz, which is equivalent to DDR3-3467.
The power supply is an oft-underappreciated component. Everyone knows it’s necessary, and most people who build their own PCs have some understanding of the basics of what a power supply does. But almost everyone tends to buy more power than they really need, or they’ll buy the cheapest PSU that delivers the wattage they think they need.
We’re not going to get too deep into the inner workings of the PC power supply, but it’s worth talking a bit about the basics of how they work before we dive into what to buy.