Date: Sunday , July 22, 2018
The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard pretty much lays it all out there in its name. Yes, it is from Corsair. Yes, the K63 is mechanical. Yes, its number one purpose is gaming. Yes, its wireless. After reading the name, it is highly likely that you will know if you have interest in this keyboard or not.
The K63 comes in two different backlit color schemes, the "Blue LED," and the "Ice blue LED." Both sell at Corsair for $110. You can purchase the Blue LED model K63 on Amazon with Prime Shipping for $100, with the Ice Blue LED being $106. Newegg does carry both and has the Ice Blue LED model for $106.
The K63 is the only Corsair keyboard offered for its "Unplug and Play" initiative that allows you to move gaming off of your physical desktop and into the living room or wherever else it might take you.
The K63 primarily uses a 2.4GHz wireless connection but it does also have Bluetooth functionality. It boasts of having only 1ms latency across this connection. It uses Cherry MX Red switches that have a very low actuation for of 45cn. These a linear with a 2mm actuation point with a total travel distance of 4mm. The Red switches are "non-clicky" keys and generally the Cherry switches that we find associated with PC gaming. The switches have full rollover and anti-ghosting, so these work quite well for gaming when you are going to have more than one switch actuated at a time.
The K63 comes out of the box with a wrist wrest (not pictured), but for our purposes, we never used it, as we used it with the lapboard which we will discuss on the next page. The keyboard weighs in at 1,110 grams. It feels nice and solid, and comes across as well put together. We have been using this K63 since March of this year so it has seen a fair bit of usage, and still looks brand new.
The K63 has a blue surface behind the keys giving it a very unique appearance compared to most other keyboards on the market. The backing itself does not illuminate but provides a night reflective surface for your blue LEDs should you with to turn these on. The keycaps are screened in order to allow you to easily identify the keys in the dark.
The power-on and USB charging port are at the top edge of the K63. Once powered on, you can control the LEDs being off and on with a quick press. Even without the software installed, you can cycle the switch through a low and high LED brightness setting. Next to the LED control is a Windows Key control. This will allow you mute the Windows key while gaming. There all small LEDs next to these keys that will show you if the keyboard is powered on, if the wireless is connected and if it is in 2.4GHz USB mode, or in bluetooth. Next to that are caps locks and scroll locks notification LEDs. Since the K63 does not have a number pad, we have no number lock function indicator.
The function keys have built in functions. These allow you to quickly backpage, launch your web browser, and switch applications without having to alt-tab. The search function key did not work for us in Windows 10. The other function keys allow you to turn on USB wireless or Bluetooth modes, check the battery level, or put your PC in standby mode.
You have media controls on the K63 as well as these work as expected when we tested this with VLC player.
Of course the keys have blue backlighting which you can put into an array of Frag Harder Disco Light patterns, which we will show you some of on the conclusion page.
The 2.4GHz wireless USB dongle is nice and tiny and should not overlap adjacent USB ports.