Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review: Power cables like dock workers arms
I first heard about mechanical keyboards around three years ago. I heard they were “just better” and improved your typing. I didn’t hear much more and so thought justified in saving a few bucks. I have a few keyboards lying around. They are all ok and one of them served me for a long while. That all became obsolete when I got my hands on a Corsair Gaming K70 RGB mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches.
Power cables like dock workers arms -- jack it solidly into the pc and its alive. Out of the box it does a sequence showing every colour -- probably a test -- then you have to do a bit of research online to get it to work properly.
I watched a how-to video showing how to program the keyboard -- there needs to be a lot more videos and tutorials as it’s technical as shit. I also wanted to check out any forums where other users show how they have programmed it, but gave up after a few minutes of not finding any. In the end I managed to emulate the online video, change the colours, and make distracting colour waves from every key I pressed. I was not overly impressed at that stage. Eventually, I set it up on a red and white gaming config you see in the photo and thought I would learn more as and when needed.
I now understand what they meant by “it improves your typing”. I used to bash buttons galore before and somehow it all worked, but these keys are uber sensitive and record every stroke, push or glance. The keys have a solid, German manufacturing feel to them: the palm rest has a mottled velvety silk feel to it, very feminine and luxurious. It took around 6 hours to get used to the keyboard. At first I thought the keys were too far spaced out -- I was clipping other keys, damn annoying stuff -- but the sensitivity works. You’ll one day realise that you're not clipping neighbouring keys anymore and have become much more efficient. I also set the keys to lighten a little when you press them, then fade back to the original colour in three seconds. Very cool when you take a break and see the traces of where you have been typing.
I've had the keyboard for a while now: nearly three months. It has some cool gadgets, the volume and media control is class, customisable and useful. I was trying to think of what's not so good with it for this review.
I thought I found it the other night. I use my TV for gaming and was watching a movie, and there was a strip of light emanating from the keyboard and messing up my screen. At last: something I could moan about! Then I remembered the manual and a button with a sun on it, pressed it, and all the lights went out. It's legit, and it's hard to fault this kit.
To give you an idea of the gaming capability, I once stood 20 feet away from a guy strafing side to side on Battlefield 4 as he dodged a whole clip then killed me. I couldn't do that with my old keyboard. My guy just stood virtually still when I mash the strafe buttons so he must have cheated. Now when crouching, driving a tank, flying a chopper, you name it, everything is so much more precise and the response feels like it’s instant. He may not have been a cheating bastard after all. I believe this keyboard will give you an advantage whatever you use it for.
Yes it's not easy to set up and it's just over 200 bucks in Singapore retailers, but it's worth every cent. It feels ultra durable yet luxurious and is so comfortable to use. I have yet to suffer any palm or hand strains since switching over.
I've definitely paired with it. Every time I touch the keyboard it gets better. I use a different colour now to match the trim on my DXRacer chair, and I sit higher in the chair to be able to decrease the weight on the keyboard so I’m faster when typing. When gaming I have on two small lamps on in the room, mood lights. This keyboard comes alive in the dark, you can also set it to breathe or pulse if that's your thing, like a living entity.
If Corsair could put together a few cheat sheets for the less technical of us out there to be able to utilise the more detailed functions and have even more fun, that would be nice. I read today about a lit keyboard you could play snake on -- gimmicky, I know -- but you may want to show friends who are not into gaming what a top-of-the-line keyboard can do. I'm pretty sure technically the K70 RGB could also do snake with no issues, but there is more chance of a zombie apocalypse happening before I could program it to do it. I don’t have the patience or the technical knowledge.
And thats the thing with this keyboard. The K70 RGB is a huge value, but it’s a little like owning a dog: it’s a commitment. If you put the time in, the rewards are there, and most importantly, they increase over time.
Do yourself a favour and put this on your Christmas list. I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
- 100% German-made Cherry MX Red/Blue/Brown RGB mechanical key switches for ultimate performance
- 16.8M color backlighting per key for virtually unlimited customization
- Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum chassis for superior strength, durability, and rigidity
- Custom display controller for fast and fluid 16.8M multicolor animation
- In development – Advanced point-and-click scripting and SDK to enable gamers and developers to integrate effects and lighting features into games
- Key Switch Cherry MX RGB Red/Blue/Brown Mechanical Switches
- Backlighting: RGB (16.8 Million Colors)
- Macro Playback: Yes
- Onboard Memory: Yes
- Multimedia Keys: Yes
- Report Rate: 1000 Hz (USB) Rollover 104-Key with 100% Anti-Ghosting
- Warranty: 2 Years
Let us know at OMGeek if you have purchased a K70 RGB. We would love to hear your thoughts.