Corsair has announced its latest lineup of mechanical gaming keyboards: the K60 RGB PRO, K60 RGB PRO SE, K60 RGB LOW PROFILE, and K60 PRO. While the latter lacks RGB lighting effects (it only lights up in red), the majority of these models boast CHERRY’s awesome VIOLA switches, which offer smooth, linear travel (no tactile bump or audible click).
As CHERRY explains on its product page, VIOLA keyswitches comprise a V-Shape, “CrossLinear” contact system for a more satisfying typing experience, as well as eight guide rails to reduce wobbling and/or scratches. Actuation force is 45 cN/75 cN (pre-travel/end of travel), while total travel measures in at 4.0 mm (this appears to be the average for mechanical switches, but it’s a significant change for users who are coming from lower-profile switches like Logitech’s 2.7-mm GLs).
Users who prefer lower travel will want to opt for the K60 RGB LOW PROFILE, which ditches the VIOLAs for CHERRY MX Low Profile RGB SPEED switches. These feature an actuation force of 45 cN and a shorter travel distance of 3.2 mm.
The K60 RGB PRO ($89.99), K60 PRO ($79.99), K60 RGB PRO SE ($99.99), and K60 RGB LOW PROFILE ($109.99) are available now at Corsair’s webstore.
Original Press Release
CORSAIR®, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of the new K60 RGB PRO, the first CORSAIR keyboard to feature CHERRY VIOLA keyswitches. Delivering an essential gaming experience without compromising on style or substance, the K60 RGB PRO is built with a durable aluminum frame, vibrant, per-key RGB backlighting, and new 100% German-made CHERRY VIOLA mechanical keyswitches, featuring smooth linear travel and reliable inputs to secure clutch victories when they matter most.
Equipped with new CHERRY VIOLA keyswitches, the K60 RGB PRO offers gamers the precision, feel, and reliability made possible by mechanical keyswitches. Created by CHERRY, the inventor of the mechanical keyswitch, the new VIOLA keyswitches utilize a patented self-cleaning V-Shape contact system and a two-stage, CrossLinear activation. The result is a smooth linear keypress and a satisfying fast reset ready to take on whatever your fingers can throw at it.
Topped by sturdy and stylish brushed aluminum, the K60 RGB PRO continues the CORSAIR legacy of streamlined looks and battle-tested durability. Vibrant dynamic per-key RGB backlighting, with custom keycaps for an enhanced underglow, illuminates your desktop in rich, customizable color. The K60 RGB PRO’s full range of colors and RGB lighting effects are unlocked with CORSAIR iCUE software, synchronizing with all iCUE-compatible CORSAIR devices for spectacular system-wide displays. iCUE also offers in-depth personalization, such as key remaps and custom macro programming, to make K60 RGB PRO your own, while iCUE game integrations enable all iCUE compatible devices to dynamically react to in-game actions and events when playing select games.
The K60 RGB PRO also delivers a range of premium features that have long defined CORSAIR mechanical gaming keyboards. Full N-key rollover ensures that every keypress registers precisely as intended, and Windows Key Lock mode guarantees that you’ll never interrupt your game at crucial moments. Convenient keyboard shortcuts control media playback, volume, and onboard lighting effects on-the-fly, keeping you focused and immersed.
Also set to join the K60 PRO lineup are the K60 PRO, which features the same CHERRY VIOLA keyswitches and single-color red LED backlighting, the K60 RGB PRO SE, which adds a premium magnetic detachable cushioned palm rest and wear-and-shine resistant PBT double-shot keycaps, and the K60 RGB PRO LOW PROFILE, which offers the lower 11.9mm switch height and short actuation performance of CHERRY MX Low Profile RGB SPEED keyswitches. These three variants of the K60 PRO will launch in select regions and retailers over the coming months.
With an iconic brushed aluminum frame, 100% CHERRY mechanical keyswitches, and brilliant lighting, each K60 PRO keyboard is a stylish and strong choice to make you the key player in every game.