Get insider access
Preferred keyboard store

Corsair K68 RGB Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 09:11 am
Corsair K68 RGB Picture
7.6
Mixed usage
8.7
Gaming
0.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
7.8
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Corsair K68 is an excellent gaming keyboard. The blue switches are very tactile and provide clear and loud feedback, which some may prefer. This keyboard is well-built and has RGB lighting, although a red LED variant is available at a more affordable price. This keyboard is fairly versatile if you want to game, thanks to its quick actuation, but can also be nice to type on if you're not surrounded by people who might be bothered by the clickiness of the switches. If you want quieter switches, the keyboard is also available with Cherry MX Red switches.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed usage

The Corsair K68 RGB is a good mixed usage keyboard. It has Cherry MX switches, which provide a nice typing experience. You can choose between blue (clicky and noisy), or red (linear and quieter) switches to suit your preference. Unfortunately, the keyboard is a bit cheaply made but performs well. It also features a full RGB backlight, which is customizable inside its software.

Pros
  • Dedicated Media Keys.
  • Well-built design.
  • Plenty of customizable options.
  • Great overall typing experience.
Cons
  • Our unit's on-board memory didn't work.
  • Flimsy wrist rest.
8.7 Gaming

Gamers who like clicky mechanical keyboards will love the Corsair K68. It features Cherry MX Blue switches that offer very tactile and loud feedback, although it comes with red switches as well. Its actuation force and pre-travel distance are low and the keyboard feels responsive. However, it does feel a bit cheaply made due to the materials used. On the upside, it features amazing full RGB lighting.

0.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Corsair K68 isn't designed to be used with mobile/tablets.

7.4 Office

If you want to get the Corsair K68 RGB for the office, we recommend getting the variant with red switches, rather than the one we tested with blue switches. Blue switches are very clicky and noisy, while the red ones are more linear and won't bother your colleagues as much. The board's ergonomic design is good as it comes with a wrist rest and also has incline settings.

7.8 Programming

The Corsair K68 RGB is a good programming keyboard. Its mechanical switches offer a great typing experience, although the Cherry MX Blue switches are very loud and clicky. The keyboard is also available with red switches if you prefer a more linear and quieter experience. While it's only partially supported on Linux and macOS, it's mainly only the media keys that don't work on these OS.

  • 7.6 Mixed usage
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 0.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.8 Programming

Check Price

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.4 cm)
Width 17.9" (45.5 cm)
Depth 6.5" (16.4 cm)
Weight 3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)

The Corsair K68 is a pretty big keyboard due to its full-size design. It takes even more space when you use the wrist rest.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Corsair K68 is just okay. The body is made out of robust plastic that doesn't have any flex, which is great. Unfortunately, the connection between the wrist rest and the keyboard feels weak. Our unit was also slightly cracked when it arrived, while the box wasn't damaged. On the upside, this keyboard is rated IP32 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test this. For a better-built keyboard, check out the K95 Platinum or the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

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

The ergonomics of the Corsair K68 are good. This keyboard comes with a comfortable wrist rest, although its connection to the keyboard feels flimsy and fragile. There's also only one incline setting, but the angle is comfortable to type. For a plushier wrist rest, check out the Razer Ornata Chroma.

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

The Corsair K68 has amazing backlighting options. You can fully control the colors of the lights and individually assign a different color inside the iCUE software. You can cycle through three different brightness settings or completely turn off the lighting directly on the keyboard. If RGB lights aren't for you, you can get a cheaper K68 model with only red backlighting.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 7.2 ft (2.2 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

This keyboard comes with a very long cable, so you shouldn't have any issues reaching your computer.

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

The Corsair K68 is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly. If you prefer a wireless keyboard, take a look at the Corsair K63 Wireless; it's essentially the same keyboard in a more compact, tenkeyless form factor, and it has a multi-device pairing feature.

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

The Corsair K68 has great extra features. It has dedicated media keys to play/pause, skip tracks, or even control volume directly at the top of the board. You can also use the Windows Lock key, which is great for gaming as well. All keys can be rebound inside the iCUE software as well. If you'd prefer a keyboard with dedicated macro keys on the side of the board, check out the Corsair K95 Platinum.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair K68 keyboard
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Blue
Feel
Clicky
Actuation Force
47.9 gf
Pre-Travel
2.01 mm
Total Travel
3.73 mm

The Cherry MX Blue switches from the K68 have a noticeable bump before their actuation, which provides good feedback and a clicky noise. The keystrokes feel fairly light and have a fairly low pre-travel, which is great for games. This keyboard is also available with Cherry MX Red switches, but we didn't test this variant.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Corsair K68's typing quality is great. The keys feel stable and the clickiness of the blue switches provides great tactile and audio feedback. Unfortunately, the ABS keycaps feel a bit cheaper than some others, which some may not like. The keycaps also feel to be slightly taller than standard, which might take some people some time to get used to. On the upside, the spacing is large enough to eliminate some typos.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

Due to its blue switches, the Corsair K68 is a loud keyboard that isn't suitable in an office setting as you'll bother surrounding colleagues. We suggest taking a look at the variant with MX Cherry Red switches if you want a quieter option.

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

Corsair iCUE is a nice piece of software that provides good customization options. You can create as many different profiles as you want and then control the RGB settings, or remap your desired keybindings. Unfortunately, although this keyboard is advertised to have on-board memory, we weren't able to make it work at all on different computers.

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

Although the keyboard is fully compatible on Windows, some of the media keys, like the pause and scroll lock, don't work on macOS, as well as the context menu button. As for Linux, none of the media keys work.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Corsair K68 RGB is available in Cherry MX Blue switches and Cherry MX Red switches. If you prefer a tactile switch that offers loud clicky feedback, which is the variant we tested, go for the blue switches. On the other hand, if you prefer a more linear press and a switch that doesn't click at every actuation, get the red switches. There's also a variant that only has a red backlight, which is more affordable than the RGB K68, but it is only available in Cherry MX Red switches. Our review isn't valid for this variant with red switches. 

Compared to other keyboards

Razer Ornata Chroma
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Ornata Chroma and Corsair K68 RGB are very similar keyboards. The Ornata has hybrid mechanical switches while the Corsair uses Cherry MX switches. The Ornata feels slightly better built, and its wrist rest is slightly more comfortable. If you listen to music when playing, the Corsair has very useful dedicated media keys.

Logitech G413
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Corsair K68 RGB and the Logitech G413 are two very good gaming keyboards, but for different reasons. The Logitech is better-built and has a faster actuation point, but the Corsair offers full RGB lighting and can set macros on every single key. It also comes with a wrist rest, which is a bit more ergonomic for long periods.

Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Corsair K68 RGB is much better than the Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard. It uses mechanical switches, providing better tactile feedback for an improved gaming experience and better typing quality. Each key on the K68 is individually lit, while the K55 is zone lit. Since the K55 uses rubber dome switches, it's quieter to use in an office environment.

Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Corsair K95 PLATINUM
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Corsair K95 PLATINUM is a better keyboard than the K68. It's noticeably better built and has a column of dedicated macro keys that the K68 doesn't have. It also features MX Speed switches that have a very quick actuation point. The K68 is noticeably cheaper, but if you want the best keyboard, the K95 is the better option. 

HyperX Alloy Origins
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HyperX Alloy Origins is a slightly better gaming keyboard than the Corsair K68 RGB. It's noticeably better-built, but doesn't have a wrist rest like the Corsair, which some may prefer. The RGB lighting on the HyperX bleeds a lot more than on the Corsair and its cable is detachable, which is great if you like to customize your keyboard. 

SteelSeries Apex Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a much better keyboard than the K68 RGB. It's better-built, fully compatible with macOS, and you can customize its actuation point, which is very unique to this keyboard. The K68 is still a great gaming keyboard at a more affordable price point, but the Apex Pro performs better. 

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is a significantly better keyboard than the Corsair K68 RGB in all aspects. Gamers will love the dedicated macro keys, the tactile switches provide good feedback, and they're quick to react at every keystroke. The SteelSeries is a silent keyboard when typing, so it's good for an office use as well. The Corsair is bigger with a well-built design, but the clicky switches might be too loud for an office.

+ Show more

LOG IN

JOIN RTINGS.com

Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs.
Join our mailing list:
Become an insider
EARLY ACCESS

Gain early access to all tests results for new products

Early Access UI
PRICES LISTED

Prices will now be listed directly in reviews and tables

product prices UI
MORE VOTES

Have 5 votes per product category to chose which product we’ll review next

Additional votes UI
UNLIMITED ACCESS

Gain unlimited access to detailed test results in tools and results (no blurred results)

test table UI

Create Discussion