The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review: PC Gaming Untetheredby E. Fylladitakis on September 16, 2019 10:30 AM EST
Corsair developed the K63 Wireless Mechanical keyboard primarily for living room gaming. And while, Corsair has made some trade-offs to get here, when combined with the optional Corsair Lapboard and a wireless gaming mouse like the Corsair Ironclaw, it forms an ideal setup for couch gaming. It can also be used as a wireless keyboard for a gaming laptop while connected to an external 5V power source or to another PC, making it particularly useful to users who want a desktop capable of switching between devices.
In terms of quality, the Corsair K63 is a well-designed, robust keyboard. Corsair mixed the design of the K65/K95 series with that of the Strafe with very good results, creating a solid and relatively lightweight portable mechanical keyboard. Cherry’s MX switches never disappoint, showing exceptional stability and quality over and over again. Aesthetically, the plastic-shelled keyboard certainly loses some points over the aluminum-based designs of the K65/K95 keyboards but, despite that plastic chassis, it remains elegant and ideal for modern desktops and living rooms. The real issue with the design of the K63 probably is the classic recessed keys area that, unlike flat designs with “floating” keys, traps dust and debris and requires frequent cleaning - an issue that will probably be bourgeoned during living room use.
With any wireless product – but especially one in a relatively new field like wireless mechanical keyboards – comes the question of battery life, and here Corsair's keyboard doesn't excel, but it does offer a reasonable compromise. On the whole, the K63's battery life is sufficient and it will easily last through daily gaming sessions, but at the same time it can't match typical wireless office keyboards, whose battery life of which is measured in months, or even years. With the backlighting disabled, you're looking at a few days of battery life, while enabling the beautiful-but-expensive backlighting will bring the K63 down to just a day of battery life.
Overall, the Corsair K63 is excellent quality product, but it is not a keyboard for everyone. Corsair made a gaming-focused keyboard with the K63, and that's certainly where it shines. The tenkeyless design is a trade-off in and of itself, but unless you need it for gaming, then the small size of the keyboard can enhance a gamer’s experience by improving mouse handling and space. On the flip side, however, this isn't a portable version of Corsair's most advanced keyboards – it's a K63 rather than a K95 for a reason – so gamers looking for the most advanced keyboard on the market may find the keyboard coming up short. In particular, the limited number of keys may constrain gamers who are used to having a great number of macros and other advanced functions.
Meanwhile, office/productivity users will want to look elsewhere entirely. The trade-offs made for a gaming keyboard don't make as much sense for general use, especially with the lack of a numpad.
As for portability, the K63 is a reasonably small keyboard; but it is not quite small and lightweight enough for frequent transportation. This goes hand-in-hand with the battery life of the keyboard, which although is reasonable for the segment, it is still is measured in days, making it better than a smartphone, but worse than something like a game controller.
Finally, the retail price of the Corsair K63 Wireless is reasonable, with the MSRP of the keyboard at $110. At the time of this review, the retail price of the keyboard is around $85, a judicious figure for a fully programmable mechanical keyboard with wireless capabilities. However, the usefulness of those wireless capabilities is somewhat limited, as discussed above. The Corsair K63 Wireless is not a keyboard that you can operate wirelessly for weeks at the time, as most typical wireless keyboards are, but rather it's designed for temporary wireless usage and semi-frequent recharging.
Ultimately, the K63 Wireless is a keyboard meant for users that seek multi-device connectivity and/or are interested on high quality living room gaming, and it is by all means excellent at fulfilling those needs. But if one does not need the wireless or multi-device connectivity capabilities of the K63 Wireless, then it doesn't make sense to pay a premium for wireless features that won't be used.
In fact, Corsair seems to realize this as well, as the company also offers a wired version of the K63 Wireless, which for better or worse is named just the K63. That keyboard runs around $50, and save for the wireless features and some color choices, it is feature-identical to the K63 Wireless. So for users that are specifically after a wired tenkeyless keyboard, then the wired version of the K63 is a good alternative. Otherwise, there are a number of full-size wired keyboards of equal quality and capabilities that can be had for prices similar to the K63 Wireless.