Corsair K65 RGB Mini Keyboard Review

Conclusion

Corsair K65 RGB Mini Review

Conclusion

Whenever you're seeking a product which fills a particular requirement you always have to accept certain compromises to obtain it. Sometimes that requirement is price, sometimes feature set or sometimes, as is the case with the K65 Mini, the size. Just as a city car balances out the ability to move through tight streets by losing the ability to seat 15 mates, so a TKL keyboard loses the number pad and cursor set to obtain those compact dimensions.

With the K65 RGB Mini Corsair have gone all in on the compactness of the keyboard. Whereas some of their TKL designs, including one we'll review next week, still have many other of the features you would expect from a Corsair offering, the K65 Mini sacrifices everything on the altar of footprint. There is no chassis beyond the minimum required for the keys, no feet, no volume wheel, hell there aren't even any dedicated F-Keys. There are, however, a full suite of keys available in combination with the FN key.

So we know what you're giving up to get a keyboard that can fit in a jacket pocket. That's the downside. What you're still getting though adds up to a not inconsiderable amount. It might be small, but you're still getting a full selection of the famous Cherry MX Red switches that are famed throughout mechanical keyboards across the market. The typing experience is of the same quality you would come to expect from a Corsair Mechanical keyboard and that's a big tick, especially when we've seen so many keyboards of this size being equipped with membrane keys to get the dimensions down. Similarly, the lighting is up to Corsair's usual high standards. Even the yellow and white are actually yellow and white, rather than sort-of green and blue as they can be on many other keyboards.

If you seek the very smallest keyboard footprint and are willing to tolerate the things you're losing to obtain it, the Corsair K65 RGB Mini is everything you would hope a Corsair product to be. Robust, high quality, gorgeous to type on, excellent lighting and NKEY rollover sit alongside the 4000Hz polling - up to 8000Hz with iCUE software - make the K65 RGB Mini an easy winner of our OC3D Gamers Choice award.

The Corsair K65 RGB Mini has an MSRP of $109.99.

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Most Recent Comments

16-03-2021, 13:30:26

Warchild
wow that spacebar has been used alot. Look at the black coating thats rubbed off! :PQuote

16-03-2021, 13:33:09

Dicehunter
A lot of video reviews are painting this as too little too late and overpriced for what it is, Shame really.


Also 8000Hz polling makes no sense on standard mech switches, Optical switches yes but this implementation is a useless marketing gimmick.Quote

17-03-2021, 23:06:44

queeg
the lapboard model could do with an rgb update i thought that was the k65Quote
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