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Corsair K65 RGB Mini review

Corsair's first 60% gaming keyboard is suitably tiny and tidy-looking but takes some getting used to - there are default 60% layouts we find easier to use.

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Our Verdict


60 per cent keyboards aren’t for everyone, but this is a quality option if you can get used to its layout.

The Corsair K65 RGB Mini is Corsair‘s first foray into the tiny 60 percent keyboard market. As with all such keyboards, it eschews the numpad, F-keys, and even cursor keys of larger-format keyboards, making for a tiny footprint that looks great and saves desk space.

However, the loss of so many keys means there’s a steep learning curve if you’re not used to these keyboards. All the lost key functions are relegated to secondary functions on other keys, which are activated by pressing the Fn key along with the required key. For instance, Delete is a secondary function of Backspace, and the F-keys are secondary functions of the number keys.

Most of these compromises are manageable but we struggled with the cursor keys being secondary functions of U, H, J, and K. It’s bad enough that they’re secondary functions at all, but we found it too much of a stretch to reach the keys while also holding down the Fn key with our left hand.

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Having a second Fn key on the left, or repositioning the cursor keys lower down and to the right, would make them more comfortable to use. Or you could just have them as primary functions, as on the Royal Kludge RK61. You can reprogram the keys to work in this way but the key legends won’t change.

Otherwise, there’s very little to fault with this keyboard. It looks simple and classy with its all-black plastic build and white inner section that enhances the RGB backlighting. It also feels very solidly assembled yet also quite light, making it genuinely portable. The removable (and braided) 1.8m Type-C USB cable helps even further in terms of convenience and travel.

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There are no other physical features on the unit itself, though – not even flip-down feet on the underside. On the plus side, Corsair includes a keycap removal tool, a spare keycap with a Corsair logo on it, and an alternative spacebar with a snazzy triangular pattern on it.

The keycaps are also doubleshot and made from PBT, so the legends won’t wear away and the caps won’t go shiny and lose their grippy texture too quickly. The switches themselves are Cherry MX with a choice of linear Red, Silent, or Speed variants. We tested the Red versions and they felt as smooth and responsive as ever. Surprisingly, they registered as slightly louder than the ones on the Corsair K70 TKL at 64.7dB, but to our ears sounded less intrusive. They have a lighter, higher-pitched clatter compared to the much hollower, boomy noise of the K70.

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Meanwhile, the keyboard’s onboard memory can store macros, lighting profiles, and key assignments ready for use on any computer. Or, if you install Corsair’s iCUE software, you can set up all this as software profiles. The final feather in the cap of this keyboard is its Axon processor, which allows for an 8kHz polling rate, 4kHz keyscan (detects key presses four times faster than normal), and 20-layer onboard lighting effects. Many users will never notice or take advantage of these features, but they’re welcome additions for power users.

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Corsair K65 RGB Mini pros and cons


  • Stylish 60 percent layout
  • Ultra-compact design
  • Removable USB Type-C port
  • Doubleshot PBT keycaps


  • Steep learning curve
  • Quite expensive
  • Divisive default layout

Corsair K65 RGB Mini specs

The Corsair K65 RGB Mini specs list is:

Dimensions (mm) 294 x 105 x 44 (W x D x H)
Weight  580g
Format 60 percent – 62 keys
Connections USB Type-C
Switch type Cherry MX Red, Speed and Silent
Switch life 50 million+ keystroke
Backlighting RGB
Extras Removable cable, keycap removal tool, spare spacebar key

Corsair K65 RGB Mini price

The Corsair K65 RGB Mini price is $120, making it quite expensive for the number of keys you get.

Corsair K65 RGB Mini review conclusion

The K65 RGB Mini is a fantastic 60 percent keyboard in terms of looks, build quality, programmability, and features, and it has great switches and premium keycaps. However, the default layout of secondary functions slowed us down considerably in day-to-day keyboard tasks. If you’re already familiar with 60 percent keyboards and know you don’t need the extra keys, though, this is a great model.

For more keyboard options, check out our best gaming keyboard guide.