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Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Apr 02, 2020 at 08:00 am
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8.0
Mixed usage
8.6
Gaming
6.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
8.1
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Corsair K63 Wireless is an exceptional and versatile mechanical gaming keyboard. It can be paired using its wireless USB receiver or through Bluetooth, and it can connect to two devices at a time for easy multitasking. It has linear Cherry MX Red switches that feel extremely responsive, and it has excellent compatibility with various operating systems. It's designed to fit into the Corsair Lapboard, which provides support and stability when using the keyboard with a home theater PC, although it's sold separately and we haven't reviewed it. Sadly, its backlighting is limited to a single blue color and it doesn't have onboard memory or a cloud sync feature to export your customization settings. On the whole, though, it's a great option for gaming or work.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed usage

The Corsair K63 Wireless is a great keyboard for most uses. Its versatile wireless connectivity lets you pair two devices at a time, and the Cherry MX Red switches provide a great typing experience that isn't fatiguing. All the keys are programmable, but there aren't any dedicated macro keys for MMO games. There's backlighting for those who like to game or work in the dark, although it's limited to a single color.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
  • Dedicated media controls.
  • Multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • No onboard memory.
  • Backlight limited to single color.
8.6 Gaming

The Corsair K63 Wireless is an exceptional gaming keyboard. Its Cherry MX Red switches feel light and responsive, and it has backlighting for those who like to game in the dark. You can reprogram or set macros to any key, but there aren't any dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

6.4 Mobile/Tablet

The K63 Wireless isn't bad for use with mobile devices. It can connect to any device that's Bluetooth-capable, so you can quickly answer a text on your phone or get some work done on a tablet. It provides a great typing experience, easy access to media controls, and its backlighting helps you see the key legends clearly in the dark.

7.8 Office

The K63 Wireless is a good office keyboard. It's comfortable to type on and it comes with a wrist rest. The Cherry MX Red switches are easy to type on, but they don't provide any tactile feedback, making it harder to tell if a keystroke was registered. Typing noise is minimal, though, and the keyboard has excellent compatibility with most operating systems.

8.1 Programming

The K63 Wireless is a great keyboard for programming or coding. The typing quality is great and it's comfortable to type on for long periods. You can reprogram or set a macro to any key, but customization is limited to Windows and macOS only.

  • 8.0 Mixed usage
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 6.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.1 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.8 cm)
Width 14.4" (36.6 cm)
Depth 6.8" (17.2 cm)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)

The Corsair K63 Wireless is a small tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard. It's slightly bigger than other TKL keyboards, as it has an extra row of dedicated media control keys and will take more space if you choose to use the included wrist rest.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. The frame is made of plastic, which feels a bit cheap, and the keycaps are made of ABS plastic. It's very similar to the Corsair K68 RGB, but the keys feel more stable and the hooks that connect the wrist rest to the keyboard feel sturdier. If you're looking for a better-built TKL keyboard, check out the Cooler Master MK730.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest Detachable

The K63 Wireless has good ergonomics. It comes with a wrist rest, but it feels rather cheap and isn't the most comfortable. Luckily, the keyboard's profile isn't particularly high, so it can be used without it. There's one incline setting and the key spacing is fairly standard.

8.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color Blue
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The K63 Wireless has individually backlit keys and you can control the brightness directly on the keyboard. Unfortunately, it's limited to a single blue color. There's an Ice Blue variant, which is slightly brighter, but if you want a keyboard with full RGB backlighting, check out the Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Micro USB

The keyboard comes with a long micro-USB cable for charging and it can be used wired as well.

9.5
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Multi-Device Pairing
2
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The K63 Wireless can connect through its USB receiver or through Bluetooth, which allows you to pair to two devices at the same time. You can switch between them by pressing FN + F9/F10.

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

There are a few extra features on this keyboard. There are dedicated media control keys, a Windows lock key to prevent accidentally minimizing your game, and a button to adjust the brightness of the backlighting. There are also hotkeys to switch between connected devices (wireless USB or Bluetooth), a hotkey to put the computer to sleep, and hotkeys for navigating mobile devices running on Android (back, home, overview, and search).

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
  • Wrist rest
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Wireless USB receiver
  • USB receiver extension adapter
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Red
Feel
Linear
Actuation Force
53.0 gf
Pre-Travel
2.26 mm
Total Travel
4.03 mm

The K63 Wireless uses standard Cherry MX Red switches. They require a bit of force to actuate, especially for linear switches, and they don't provide any tactile feedback. The pre-travel distance is slightly higher than the usual 2mm, but it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing quality is great. The linear switches are easy to actuate and the keys are very stable. Key spacing is fairly standard, which can help with typing accuracy, but there's no tactile feedback to let you know when a key press has been registered. It feels very responsive and it doesn't cause any fatigue when typing for a long time.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing on this keyboard is quiet. You shouldn't have any issues using it in a quiet environment.

Software and Operating System
7.5
Software and Operating System
Software
Software iCUE
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The K63 Wireless has good software support. It uses Corsair's iCue software for its customization, which lets you reprogram keys or set macros. You can also save profiles, but there's no cloud sync option and the keyboard doesn't have any onboard memory, so if you need to move to another computer, you would need to re-install the software and start over again.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

This keyboard has excellent compatibility with various operating systems. Everything works well on Windows, and although all keys function properly on Linux and Android, there's no customization software. On macOS, the context menu doesn't work, and on iOS and iPadOS, the function keys don't work.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Corsair K63 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard is available in two variants, with the only difference between them being the color of the backlighting; there's blue and ice blue. While we tested the blue LED variant, we expect most of our results to be valid for the ice blue variant too. There's also a wired version of this keyboard, which has red LED backlighting.

The K63 wireless was designed to work with the Corsair Lapboard, which is meant for use with home theater PCs, as it allows you to sit back on the couch and still have proper support for the keyboard and mouse. It's sold separately, but it's often sold as a bundle with the keyboard.

Compared to other keyboards

The Corsair K63 Wireless is an excellent mechanical gaming keyboard. When compared to other keyboards in this price range, its build quality isn't as good and it lacks full RGB backlighting. However, it's more versatile than other keyboards, as it can be used on a desk or in conjunction with the Corsair Lapboard if you have a home theater PC. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best wireless keyboards.

Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard

The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is better than the Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard. It has mechanical keys and it's smaller as it's a TKL keyboard. Meanwhile, the K57 has full RGB backlighting and since it's a full-sized keyboard, it includes a numpad. 

Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED

The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is much better than the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. The K63's Cherry MX Red switches provide a better typing experience than the Romer-G tactile switches on the G613, and it has backlighting, which the G613 doesn't have. On the other hand, the G613 has dedicated macro keys for MMO games and it has a cloud sync feature to export your settings if you need to move to another computer.

Corsair K68 RGB

The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is better than the Corsair K68 RGB. These two keyboards are very similar in design, as the K68 is basically a full-size, wired version of the K63 with RGB backlighting. However, since the K68 is wired, it doesn't have a multi-device pairing feature and it can 't be used with mobile devices.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is better than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition for most uses, but the Razer has a slight edge when it comes to gaming, as the optical switches are much more responsive. The K63 Wireless can be used with mobile devices, it has multi-device pairing, and it has dedicated media control keys. Also, it comes with a wrist rest and provides a significantly better typing experience, however, the Razer has full RGB backlighting and onboard memory to save profiles.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is a bit better than the Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Apex 7 TKL has more features, like an OLED screen, a USB passthrough, and it has full RGB backlighting. It also has full compatibility with macOS and its build quality is significantly better, but since it's a wired keyboard, it doesn't have a multi-device pairing feature.

Cooler Master MK730

The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is better overall than the Cooler Master MK730, mainly because it can be used wirelessly. The Corsair has multi-device pairing with up to two devices and the software is available on macOS. However, the Cooler Master is available with more switches, it has RGB backlighting, and it's better built.

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