With the introduction of the Corsair K65 RGB Mini, the company is finally joining the 60% keyboard market in 2021.
60% Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Switches
The keyboard features a 60% form factor which means that it has about 60% of the keys of a full-size keyboard. It lacks the function row, numpad and navigation block. Shortcuts are required to use the functions of these missing keys. That’s basically the case for all mini keyboards, the concrete assignments of shortcuts however differ from model to model. The Corsair K65 RGB Mini puts for example media controls in the bottom right corner and has the arrow keys in the center of the keyboard. Those are not set in stone though, since the keyboard is compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software, any key can be freely remapped. Moreover the software is used to configure the RGB illumination and manage profiles. If you don’t want to install any software, you can also control lighting and profiles via keyboard shortcuts.
Just as usual, Corsair features switches from Cherry. You can choose between Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Silent Red and Cherry MX Speed. All three are linear switches, a tactile option is not available.
Standard Bottom Row and PBT Keycaps
The keyboard is shipped with durable double-shot PBT-keycaps. Additionally, a keycap puller and extra keycaps for the spacebar and the ESC key are included. For further modification, you can buy one of the colored keycap sets from Corsair, they are available in white, red, blue, green and pink. Since size and spacing of the keys confirms to the commonly used standard, you can also take any other keycap set that fits MX stems. All things considered, the Corsair K65 RGB Mini is a quite customizable keyboard.
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Tech Specs for Corsair K65 RGB Mini
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Mechanical Keyboard Score
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April 23, 2021
"The K65 RGB Mini is a good example of a mini keyboard, it looks great and still sports many of the features you would expect from a full-size keyboard. However, having a wireless capability and hot-swappable switches would have made sense for the price point because there are currently a few 60/65% keyboards that have more or less the same feature-set for less."
April 7, 2021
"With the K65 RGB Mini, Corsair successfully shrinks its basic mechanical keyboard design down to 60 percent comfortably, but otherwise, it's a bit bland."
March 16, 2021
"For Corsair’s first 60% gaming keyboard I think the K65 RGB Mini is a good entry. "
March 16, 2021
"The Corsair K65 RGB Mini has incredible key switches and an impressively small profile, but a few strange design decisions hamper this keyboard."
March 16, 2021
"The Corsair K65 RGB Mini is a well-performing highly customizable keyboard that should help raise awareness for the 60% form factor despite a few (mostly cosmetic) flaws."