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Corsair K65 Pro Mini Keyboard Review

Rating: 8.0.

Corsair is adding to its lineup of gaming keyboard with the release of the K65 Pro Mini. It features a 65% layout, Corsair's own OPX optical switches, up to 8KHz polling rate and full RGB backlighting. Can this small form factor keyboard bring anything new to the gaming peripheral space? We find out today…

Timestamps:

00:00 Start
00:35 Intro to both products
01:15 K65 Pro Mini design
02:31 Keycaps and feet
03:25 Nightsabre mouse design
05:11 Mouse buttons and feet
06:27 Build quality – keyboard
07:48 Build quality – mouse
08:39 Sound tests – peripherals in action!
10:28 Performance in-depth for the Nightsabre
12:30 Keyboard connectivity and battery
13:16 iCUE software
15:21 Mat’s closing thoughts

Specifications:

  • Form-Factor – 65%
  • Chassis – Aluminum, anodized black, brushed finish
  • Keyswitches – CORSAIR OPX, optical
  • Dedicated Macro Keys – CORSAIR Logo Key and G1-G4 shortcuts
  • Onboard Macro Recording – Yes, record and save to FN + key combination
  • Backlighting – Individually LED lit and per-key programmable
  • LED Color – RGB, 16.8 million colors
  • Keycaps – PBT double-shot keycap set, 1.5mm thick, backlight compatible
  • Matrix – Full key rollover (NKRO) with 100% anti-ghosting
  • Wired Connectivity – USB 3.0 Type-A
  • USB Report Rate – Up to 8,000Hz hyper-polling with CORSAIR AXON
  • Onboard Memory – 8MB
  • Onboard Profiles – Up to 50 (depending on complexity)
  • Onboard Lighting – Up to 20 layers of lighting effects with CORSAIR AXON
  • Media Keys – FN Shortcuts
  • Profile Key – FN Shortcut
  • Brightness – Key FN Shortcut
  • Windows Lock – Key FN Shortcut
  • Adjustable Height – Yes
  • Device Compatibility – Windows PC, Apple Mac, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation
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  • iCUE (Software) Supported in Windows 10, 11, and macOS 10.15+
  • Cable – 1.82m / 6ft, USB Type-C to Type-A, detachable, black, braided fiber
  • Dimensions – 315(L) x 105.4(W) x 35.8(H) mm / 12.4(L) x 4.15(W) x 1.41(H) in
  • Weight – 0.6 kg / 1.32 lbs

The K65 Pro Mini can be purchased directly from Corsair for £129.99.

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Pros:

  • 65% layout still contains arrow and delete keys.
  • Minimal branding.
  • Brushed aluminium top case.
  • Great keycaps.
  • Up to 8KHz polling rate.

Cons:

  • Plastic bottom case.
  • Poor quality feet.
  • Some flex to body when under pressure.
  • Moves quite a lot when on a desk.

KitGuru says: The 65% layout of the K65 Pro Mini is a nice middle ground between full sized and the smallest keyboards commonly available. Delete and arrow keys are retained and make for a convenient experience. Acoustics are ok and Corsair are making some good improvements in this area, however the space bar stabilisers still leave a bit to be desired and do rattle a bit. 

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Rating: 8.0.

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