If you’re the type of gamer who enjoys snacks and drinks while gaming, you’re undoubtedly worried about what might happen if you slam your drink on your expensive gaming keyboard. Who wants to spend money on a replacement gaming keyboard, with money that would be better spent building your Steam collection.
And then there’s the answer to all your woes in the form of an IP32 rated gaming keyboard designed to withstand spills and eating disorders.
Build quality and design features
IP32 dust and splash resistance Design
Corsair K68 5 Splash Resistant Pocket Gaming Keyboard
The concept of the Corsair K68 is quite simple. On the outside, it’s your standard mechanical gaming keyboard with a rather attractive design. Corsair K68 is built on a plastic base, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a solidly designed gaming keyboard.
Below is where this gaming keyboard really shines. Each switch is individually protected by a raised rubber housing that prevents liquid from entering. While it was not possible to submerge the keyboard in water, it is clear that this enclosure would protect the internal workings from spills and splashes.
If you’re wondering if this design compromises the day-to-day use of the gaming keyboard, we’re happy to let you know it doesn’t. In fact, unless you remove your keys to take a look, you won’t even notice the difference.
On-the-fly configuration and functionality
Backlight brightness key
Disable Windows Password Button
The Corsair K68 doesn’t have some of the extra macro keys or keys from other keyboards, but it does include media keys to control music playback, volume adjustment and more on the fly.
This gaming keyboard is also compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software, allowing you to adjust and program it to your personal preferences. So even though there are no dedicated macro keys, you can program and record macros on any key on the gaming keyboard and set specific profiles to edit.
There is a brightness button to easily adjust the lighting and a button to turn off the Windows key so you don’t accidentally hit it while gaming and spoil the fun.
Buttons and comfort
Removable palm rest with soft touch finish.
Comfortable key design
Surprisingly comfortable and joyful experience in gaming and everyday use. There is no compromise in terms of comfort or quality, and the IP32 housing makes no noticeable difference in key response.
We’ve found that the keys on this gaming keyboard are surprisingly unobtrusive, while still maintaining that light response expected of a mechanical gaming keyboard. Cherry MX key switches are incredibly precise, comfortable and capable.
The K68 is also equipped with a removable palm rest with a “soft-touch” finish. While this palm rest is plastic and not quite as stylish as the others on this list, it is also surprisingly comfortable. The end result is a well-designed gaming keyboard that’s exciting to use no matter what you’re doing.
Period lighting and customization
Dynamic RGB backlight Compatible with CORSAIR iCUE software
Compatibility of the K68 keyboard with Corsair’s iCUE software provides access to a wide variety of lighting configurations and customization options.
This lighting customization includes access to preset lighting modes with everything from timed and stamped lighting to lighting that responds to your input. Custom lighting is also programmable, so you can also change the colors of individual keys. If you have more than one Corsair device, you can use the “instant light” and “light link” options to set a single color across all devices or to synchronize the lights as you wish.
Brightness levels can be easily adjusted on the gaming keyboard, turned off completely, or adjusted in software. We are happy to announce that even the splash-proof housing does not compromise the effects of light. This gaming keyboard is very well lit.
The Corsair K68 is a great gaming keyboard that’s arguably more affordable than most other mechanical keyboards you’ve considered, while still being backed by splash protection that will make you less nervous when eating, drinking, and gaming.