I spend up to 12 hours daily in front of a personal computer. I am a professional software developer, open-source developer, YouTube creator and I run a couple of smaller websites, including this one. I write. A lot. I am also a happy owner of Logitech G915 Mechanical Keyboard. It’s great but it’s also big and expensive.
When it turned out that I have to make myself a second workplace, I started looking for a new keyboard. The new workspace is relatively small, so I wanted something also relatively small. Preferable without numerical block too. My constraints were:
- Mechanical keyboard. Let’s just be honest. They are better in every way than non-mechanical versions. If you never used a mechanical keyboard and you type a lot, try it. You will be surprised at the difference. Tactile switches preferable. Clicky switches are no-go. For me, they are just too loud.
- Wireless. I want to be able to take the keyboard from the table without having to worry about the cable. Put it somewhere and use the space keyboard used previously in a different way. To solder something for example.
- Compact size. Not super small, but compact. I can live without the numerical block. It’s useful sometimes, but not really required for everyday work.
- LED lighting would be a nice touch
- Cheap chinesium inventions with absurdly stupid keyboard layout are a no-go. I want Windows, Alt, Shift and Ctrl key in correct places!
Turned out, that finding a keyboard that would meet all the requirements was almost impossible. Seriously! Most mechanical keyboards are wired or only in full size! After I rejected models that can not be found in retail in Europe I was left with exactly one choice: Corsair K63 Wireless!
Seriously, I’ve found nothing else! Now, after some time of actively using the Corsair K63 Wireless it’s time for a short review.
- Meets my major criteria: mechanical, wireless, small, with LED backlight
- Good build quality. Nice and heavy, K63 is a stable typing platform
- Good keys layout. This applies also to “special” multimedia keys. They are there, but only the useful ones and in places does not disturb typing
- Good battery lifetime
- 2.4GHz dongle and Bluetooth option
- Legs are foldable to the side which is a great idea! Thanks to this, legs will not fold when you just move keyboard away from you
- Any special software is not really required for regular work. Sure, you can configure some things like macros or standby time, but for me, those are irrelevant aspects
- Corsair K63 Wireless comes only with linear switches (Cherry MX Red). Not that Linear switches are super bad for typing (not great tho) but I would prefer Tactile. Still, K63 is a gaming keyboard and linear switches make sense in gaming. I would like to have an option as I can have with Logitech G915 for example
- LED backlight is blue color only. I know “cool” and “gaming”, but still…
- Corsair app is something like a mistake. It wanted to use 1GB of to disk space! Seriously. If we skip the extra configuration you can do with it, it is useless
- Corsair app can configure the K63 only when USB wire is connected. O’rly?
So, is K63 a good keyboard. Yes. I find it very nice to use and it met most of my requirements. Most of the cons are not that important in everyday use. If it only came with Tactile Switches, that would be awesome! Even Linear is better than all laptop keyboards but one can dream, right?