The CORSAIR K68 brings a high performance mechanical keyboard experience to PC gamers who want to take their skill to the next level. It features 100% CHERRY MX Red keyswitches with dynamic backlighting and dust and spill resistance to enable a high performance gaming experience. The dedicated volume and multimedia controls allow you to adjust your audio without interrupting your game. 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover ensures your commands and simultaneous keystrokes always register the way you intended. CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) unlocks sophisticated macro programming and dynamic lighting effects while Windows Key Lock mode ensures interruption-free gaming. All of this comes at a price point within reach of all those gamers who wanted to upgrade a high class mechanical gaming keyboard experience but didn’t want to overpay to get it.
• 100% CHERRY MX Red keyswitches: Gold contact CHERRY MX mechanical gaming keyswitches deliver the ultimate competitive advantage.
• Dust and spill resistant: Help protect from accidents so your game never stops
• Dynamic backlighting: Brilliant red backlighting enhances the experience with virtually unlimited lighting adjustability.
• Dedicated volume and multimedia controls: Control to adjust audio on-the-fly, without interrupting your game.
• 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover: No matter how fast your in-game actions are, every keypress registers correctly.
• Fully programmable with CUE: Intuitive and powerful Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) enables sophisticated macro programming and dynamic lighting effects.
• Windows Key lock mode: Stay focused and prevent accidental Windows and Context Menu key presses.
100% CHERRY MX Red mechanical keyswitches.
Fast performance with the precision and durability of gold contact Cherry MX mechanical gaming switches.
CHERRY MX keyswitches feature CHERRY’s unique Gold Crosspoint technology that ensures high precision key contact for matchless reliability. It is the world’s leading precision technology for mechanical keys. They’re tested to resist over 50 million keystrokes with no loss of quality. That means, the switches are guaranteed to withstand over 50 million key presses, meaning the 50 millionth will feel just like the first one. And they’re resistant to dust and dirt too. That’s German engineering for you – robust design coupled with durability and quality. The CORSAIR K68 utilizes MX Red mechanical key switches, designed to meet the demands of performance gaming. A short 2.0mm actuation point, light 45g actuation force and linear response make this keyswitch perfectly suited for quick reaction times and accuracy. Dust and spill resistant*. Help protect from accidents so your game never stops.
CORSAIR K68 was designed to resist damage to internal components from accidental water spills or debris. This is accomplished with a two-way approach. First, the custom-fit translucent rubber silicone sheet seals platemounted keyswitches to prevent the water or fine debris from entering the keyboard chassis. Secondly, the chassis itself features specially designed inner channels. They provide controlled escape routes, away from critical electrical components, for any small amounts of water that may have made it inside through other means. The drainage holes located at the bottom of the keyboard aids in expulsion of that water back outside.
Dust and spill resistant
Help protect from accidents so your game never stops. CORSAIR K68 was designed to resist damage to internal components from accidental water spills or debris. This is accomplished with a two-way approach. First, the custom-fit translucent rubber silicone sheet seals platemounted keyswitches to prevent the water or fine debris from entering the keyboard chassis. Secondly, the chassis itself features specially designed inner channels. They provide controlled escape routes, away from critical electrical components, for any small amounts of water that may have made it inside through other means. The drainage holes located at the bottom of the keyboard aids in expulsion of that water back outside.
Per-key red LED backlighting and large font keycaps
Experience fluid and dynamic red LED color backlighting. K68 utilizes LED controller which offers robust lighting capabilities for an upgraded, per-key red LED dynamic and vibrant back-lighting. Every key features large and modern font to allow for even more light to shine through. Enjoy advanced customization with CUE – craft your own lighting effects, or choose from multiple unique presets. Configure different shades of color combined with solid, wave, gradient, and ripple animations across different multiple groups of keys.
Dedicated volume and multimedia controls
The control you need to adjust your audio without interrupting your game. Another premium attribute is the inclusion of a dedicated volume and multimedia control system. You don’t just play games – you play music and video, too. Play, stop, pause, skip tracks and adjust volume directly from the CORSAIR K68 keyboard.
100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover.
No matter how fast you go your keypresses will always register.
A true gaming keyboard goes beyond having the right key switches. The term “ghosted” refers to the keystrokes that are not detected and then drop off (for example, when someone presses D-C-U and only sees D-C, the U has been ghosted). While anti-ghosting is present in most gaming keyboards, it is often restricted to a certain number of keys or sections of keys. Popular sections of limited anti-ghosting may include the WASD part of the keyboard as it incorporates the keys that are the most common to use for first-person shooter games. In order to maximize performance with the Cherry MX Red keys, the K68 keyboard features a 100% antighosting matrix with full key rollover. This ensures that every keystroke will be recognized accurately by the computer, even when simultaneous combinations are inputted by the user.
Full key rollover terminology simply refers to the number of simultaneous key presses that can be recognized by the keyboard. Since the K68 can recognize all of its keys being pressed simultaneously, we refer to this as “full key” since no specific value is a limitation.
Windows Key Lock mode
Interruption-free game by on-demand locking Windows and Menu keys. The proximity of Windows Key to Ctrl and Shift modifier keys may sometimes result in accidental keypresses when you’re really into the game. The K68 features Windows Key Lock Mode, which disables Windows key to prevent interruption in the middle of the game. This mode can be toggled on and off with a dedicated button for quick and hassle free access.
CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE): Imagination Visualized
The K68 is one of the many peripherals that uses powerful CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE). The software will allow gamers to create actions such as double macros, remappable key assignments, timer countdowns, dpi adjustments, and more.
The software will also allow gamers to create multiple color profiles as well as different modes that will enable separate lighting and action configurations based on the game or application Users will be able to export and import profiles/actions/lighting to share with one another on CORSAIR forums and elsewhere so they can share and collaborate on lighting schemes.
CUE will also allow to:
• Enable fluid and dynamic illumination with sophisticated lighting controls with supported CORSAIR devices
• Construct actions and complex macros for any programmable button on supported CORSAIR devices to allow nearly unlimited control
• Change the icons and background to match your desktop with our new custom user interface
• Unify all of your CORSAIR gaming peripherals together in one application
Configuring LED Backlighting
K68 supports red LED color backlighting. In addition, the platform utilizes LED controller which expands upon the lighting colors in comparison to the previous generation K95 RGB keyboards. The keyboard, by default on startup, will be in Standard Mode, and display STATIC color pattern across entire keyboard matrix. We have included other patterns selectable through the drop down menu for users to select immediately.
Some patterns will also have additional options to toggle the speed and/or the direction of the lights by clicking on the pencil icon after selecting the effect. The following predefined lighting effects are available: VISOR, TYPE LIGHTING (RIPPLE), TYPE LIGHTING (KEY), WAVE, PULSE, RAIN and STATIC COLOR.
Corsair created all of the actions based on feedback from both our PC hardware enthusiasts who are using our keyboards for office productivity, and FPS/MOBA/MMO gamers alike. Whether it is a simple MACRO combination of creating complex key press sequences or using the TEXT editor to paste repetitive information such as signatures, Corsair makes it incredibly easy to customize key presses.
Action assignments can consist of macros, text pasting, key-press combinations, shortcuts, timer countdowns, mouse button assignment, or media controls. Keys can also be remapped to specific keys and also toggle profiles and modes.
Users can configure actions such as:
MACRO Record various key sequences to form a macro. One of the new things we implemented with macro recording was the ability to trigger double macros based on pressing a key as well as releasing the key. Another improvement was to configure repeating macros by allowing for various types of termination options such as ensuring a macro plays completely before repeat or terminating the macro sequence early so it can start anew.
TEXT : Allows bodies of text to be entered without having to record with a keystroke.
REMAP KEY : Allows a key to be remapped to any other key (including CTRL, SHIFT, ALT, etc).
MEDIA CONTROL : Remaps a key to a media control (Play, Stop, Volume, etc.).
LAUNCH APPLICATION : Allows a key to be remapped to become a shortcut to Email, Calculator, Text Editor, or other various File Explorer options. It can also launch specific applications through their respective .exe files.
TIMER : Sets a Timer Countdown (adjustable by minutes and seconds) that will play a sound, enable an option, and/or initiate a lighting pattern upon reaching 0:00.
DISABLE : Disable particular key
PROFILE SWITCHING : Remap a key to imitate a profile switching function
Configuring Performance Settings
Under Perfomance tab, several keybaord settings can be configured to end user’s preference. From disabling certain Windows key combos that may potentially cause game interruption when acctidentally pressed to fully customizing indicator LEDs with any RGB color.
This document was only a brief overview of the K68 keyboard respective to both the hardware and the software. We encourage all of our reviewers to spend some time using the various software settings, especially the gaming profile creation, lighting and the advance macro options, to get a thorough sense of the nearlimitless capabilities of this product.
At a MSRP of $99.99, the K68 is CORSAIR’s entry level, affordable full size mechanical keyboard that is durable and has water and dust resistance. It offers minimalistic design and the features needed to get in and stay in the game.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at any point if you have questions regarding a specific feature(s) of this peripheral, and we hope that you enjoy using this phenomenal product as much as we did making it.