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Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Review

August 31, 2015 — by Abhijit "BabuMoshaaye" Dey0

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The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB sits right between the sweet spot of the K95 RGB and the K65 RGB, while providing the familiarity and feel of the Vengeance K70.

The Corsair RGB-series was one of the most anticipated gaming keyboards of all time, generating a hype so strong that it resulted in other keyboard manufacturers to come up with their own versions of RGB illuminated gaming keyboards. We really enjoyed gaming on the older Vengeance K70 and K95 keyboards, turning them into our trusty workhorses. Needless to say, we were equally excited at getting our little paws on the RGB versions. We aren’t feeling too stoked about returning the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB after spending a lot of time gaming and otherwise tinkering with the customisable RGB lighting.

Pros

  • Good quality multimedia buttons
  • Customisable LED lighting
  • Macro setting capabilities

Cons

  • Absence of macro keys
  • Expensive

Features

Apart from the upgrade to RGB, this keyboard incorporates a few useful changes here and there. The older version of the K70 had one cable serving as a passthrough for the USB port in addition to the primary USB cable. The RGB version cuts down on the cable clutter by requiring just one USB 3.0 cable for the job. However, if you don’t have a USB 3.0 port, you’ll still need two USB cables – one for the keyboard and another one to power the backlit LEDs. This time you won’t get the swappable
keys sporting specialised texture and gradient to demarcate the WASD key group. The keyboard we tested had Cherry MX Red switches, sporting a new design that accommodates the new RGB LEDs beneath the keys. This keyboard features a new 32-bit ARM processor for the backlit LEDs, which makes all the fancy colour mixing and dynamic animated lighting effects possible. The Corsair Utility Engine software presents you with a wide array of options for customising the keyboard lighting. These settings can be saved into different profiles to enable quick access.

Corsair Utility Engine
Customisation options for lighting effects on the Corsair Utility Engine

Performance

Although the RGB version incorporates brand new Cherry MX Red switches, the overall feel and tactile feedback has remained unchanged. As mentioned above, the only notable change in the RGB variant is the driver controlled customisable RGB lighting. Otherwise, it offers the same experience observed on the Vengeance K70. These keyboards might look appealing with the RGB sorcery, but the experience of editing and inserting key actions and custom macros using the software can be a nightmare for fist time users. The lighting effects and modes are quite easy to play around with, and you can even download ready-made user-created profiles from the official forums. The Corsair Utility Engine’s clunky UI makes customisation a tedious affair. However, that should eventually be fixed considering the steady release of driver updates.

Verdict

The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB sits right between the sweet spot of both the K95 RGB and the K65 RGB while providing the familiarity and feel of the Vengeance K70. Although we found most of the lighting effects to be a distraction while gaming, being able to illuminate desired keys across different colours was impressive. Needless to say, this one’s a keeper.

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Review
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Abhijit "BabuMoshaaye" Dey

This ape-descended life form believed that coming down from the trees was a bad idea until he was introduced to video games. Has spent endless hours playing Prince of Persia, Hitman, Assassin's Creed, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead. This makes it three sentences, Half-Life 3 confirmed.

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