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Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 27, 2020 at 09:46 am
Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile Picture
7.3
Mixed usage
7.9
Gaming
2.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.3
Office
7.6
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is a very good mechanical gaming keyboard. It's a full-size keyboard with great build quality and a low-profile design that's comfortable to use for long periods. It has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and every key is macro-programmable. It features Cherry MX Low Profile Speed switches, which are linear and incredibly responsive. However, their extremely short pre-travel distance might be overly sensitive for some people, leading to more typos or unintended keystrokes. Also, it lacks features such as dedicated media controls and a USB passthrough. On the bright side, it doesn't cause a lot of typing noise, and Corsair's iCUE software is available for both Windows and macOS.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed usage

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is a decent keyboard overall. It's well-built, comfortable to use, and it has full RGB backlighting for those who like to game or work in the dark. You can set a macro to any key through its iCUE software, which is available for both Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, the typing experience is just okay, as its linear switches don't provide any tactile feedback and may be too sensitive for some people, especially for general typing.

Pros
  • Comfortable to type on.
  • Software support for Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Extremely short pre-travel can be too sensitive for some.
  • Cheap-feeling ABS keycaps.
7.9 Gaming

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is a very good gaming keyboard. It's a well-built keyboard with full RGB backlighting, and it's comfortable to use for long periods. Every key is macro-programmable, but it doesn't have any dedicated macro keys for MMO games. It requires very little force to actuate the keys; however, the Cherry MX Low Profile Speed switches have an extremely short pre-travel distance and can cause more accidental keypresses.

Pros
  • Comfortable to type on.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Individually-lit backlighting.
  • Low actuation force.
Cons
  • Extremely short pre-travel can be too sensitive for some.
  • Cheap-feeling ABS keycaps.
2.2 Mobile/Tablet

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with mobile devices.

7.3 Office

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is decent for office use. It's comfortable to type on due to its low profile, and the Cherry MX Low Profile Speed switches don't make a lot of noise, so it shouldn't bother those around you. However, these switches might be overly sensitive for some people and can cause more typos than usual. Also, they don't provide any tactile feedback.

Pros
  • Comfortable to type on.
  • Software support for Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Extremely short pre-travel can be too sensitive for some.
  • Cheap-feeling ABS keycaps.
7.6 Programming

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is good for programming. It has a great build quality, and it's comfortable to type on. It has backlighting for those who like to work in the dark, and every key is macro-programmable. The typing experience is just okay, as its linear switches don't provide tactile feedback, and their extremely short pre-travel distance can lead to more typos.

Pros
  • Comfortable to type on.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Individually-lit backlighting.
Cons
  • Extremely short pre-travel can be too sensitive for some.
  • Cheap-feeling ABS keycaps.
  • 7.3 Mixed usage
  • 7.9 Gaming
  • 2.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.3 Office
  • 7.6 Programming

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.2" (3.0 cm)
Width 17.4" (44.1 cm)
Depth 5.4" (13.6 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is a full-size keyboard that takes up a fair amount of space.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is great. It has a plastic base with an aluminum plate on top. It feels solid and doesn't exhibit any flex. The keycaps are ABS and feel a bit cheap, but there's very little wobbling or rattling. The rubber feet aren't the grippiest, although we didn't experience any issues with the keyboard sliding around. The incline feet are sturdy and shouldn't collapse when pushing the keyboard forward.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest No

Good ergonomics. It's comfortable to type on and doesn't feel tiring when typing for an extended period. It doesn't come with a wrist rest, but most people shouldn't need one due to the keyboard's low profile.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. You can control the brightness on the keyboard using FN + F3/F4, but you need Corsair's iCUE software to customize the color and various lighting effects.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The rubber-coated cable should be long enough for most people to reach their PC. It isn't detachable, though, and it retains kinks.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

There are only a few extra features on this keyboard. All keys are macro-programmable through the iCUE software, and there's a Windows Lock key to prevent accidentally minimizing your game. There aren't any dedicated media controls, but you can still access them through hotkeys using FN + the corresponding function key.

Design
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile keyboard

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Low Profile RGB Speed
Feel
Linear
Actuation Force
41.9 gf
Pre-Travel
0.89 mm
Total Travel
3.28 mm

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is available only with Cherry MX Low Profile RGB Speed switches. They're linear switches that don't provide any tactile feedback, and they require very little force to actuate. The pre-travel distance is extremely short, shorter than the advertised 1mm. This is likely within manufacturing tolerances, but even at 1mm, it might be too sensitive for some and can cause more accidental presses and typos. The regular Corsair K60 PRO and the Corsair K60 RGB PRO SE variants use Cherry Viola switches, which are linear and advertised to have a 2 mm pre-travel; however, we haven't tested them.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile provides an okay typing experience. The keys are very stable, except for the Spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys, although the wobbling isn't really noticeable while typing. Key spacing is pretty standard, so it shouldn't take long to get accustomed to typing on this keyboard. Unfortunately, while these low-profile switches are incredibly responsive, they might be too sensitive for some, especially for general typing. Also, the ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap and are slippery. On the upside, it doesn't feel tiring to type on due to the keyboard's low profile.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing noise on the Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is quiet and shouldn't bother those around you.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software iCUE
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

Corsair's iCUE software is outstanding. It lets you customize the RGB backlighting, reassign keys, and program macros. There's onboard memory to save profiles so that you can access them on another computer that doesn't have the software installed. It isn't the most user-friendly, but it offers a lot of customization options.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile has decent compatibility. It's fully compatible with Windows, and everything works as intended. On macOS, the Pause/Break and Scroll Lock keys don't work. Everything works on Linux, but there's no software for customization.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile keyboard. There are several other variants: the Corsair K60 PRO, which is available with red backlighting or full RGB, and the Corsair K60 RGB PRO SE, which adds a wrist rest and PBT keycaps. However, they all use Cherry Viola switches instead of the Cherry MX Low Profile Speed switches. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile is a very good mechanical gaming keyboard. It's well-built and comfortable to type on, but just like the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition, its extremely short pre-travel distance and low actuation force can cause more accidental presses, which isn't ideal if you want to use it for typing. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best cheap mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Glorious GMMK

Overall, the Glorious GMMK is much better than the Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile. The Glorious has a better build quality, and the Gateron Brown switches on our unit provide a much better typing experience. However, the Corsair is more comfortable to type on due to its low profile, and the iCUE software lets you save more custom profiles.

Corsair K68 RGB

The Corsair K68 RGB is better than the Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile for most uses. The Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit of the K68 provide a significantly better typing experience, as their higher pre-travel distance result in less accidental presses and typos. On the other hand, the K60 has a better build quality, onboard memory, and its linear Speed switches don't make as much typing noise.

ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is much better than the Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile. The ROCCAT has significantly better typing quality, as its proprietary switches provide tactile feedback, and their higher pre-travel distance result in fewer typos. However, all keys are macro-programmable on the Corsair, and iCUE is available for Windows and macOS.

Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a bit better than the Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile. Our unit of the Logitech G Pro has GX Blue Clicky switches that provide a significantly better typing experience. They have tactile feedback, and their higher pre-travel distance results in fewer typos. The Corsair is more comfortable to type on due to its low profile, has onboard memory, and doesn't cause as much typing noise.

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