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Corsair K70 RGB Gaming Keyboard Review
The K70 RGB TKL fits perfectly into the Corsair lineup as the more compact sibling of the regular K70. The keyboard has a detachable USB-C cable. The frame is made of aluminum. And the board comes with linear Cherry MX Red switches, separate per-key RGB, 8MB onboard memory for your profile settings, multimedia keys, and programmability re-keys via iCue.
Corsair developed this keyboard with eSports in mind, and competitive gamers are sure not to get bored thanks to the presence of Axon super-processor technology that provides 4x faster input, fast speed, and more. 8,000Hz super polling and a dedicated switch to put the keyboard in tournament mode. In other words, it’s more than perfect for regular use, and those numbers impress for gaming and e-sports as well.
Corsair K70 TKL RGB Champion Series
87 Keys + 9 Function Keys
Cherry MX Speed Silver / Red
Cable Type C, Key Puller
Full Key (NKRO) with 100% Anti-Ghosting, Supported in iCUE,
Dedicated Hotkeys, Volume Roller
Authentic Cherry MX key switches
Full RGB backlighting.
Media and profile buttons
Space-saving, durable build
Detachable USB-C cable
No included wrist rest
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Corsair K70 RGB TKL Design
In terms of appearance, the Corsair K70 RGB TKL has a very masculine, angular, and minimalist design. The main font is square, bold, and strong. The small Corsair logo sits at the top of the keyboard, glowing in the background.
The aluminum frame of the Corsair K70 TKL has a nice, solid look. The solid keys and the extra gray keys that come with the most important keys (such as WASD) also share this suave appearance.
The quality of the keys is second to none, made from wear-resistant and durable double-layer PBT plastic that still provides transparency for the backlight to shine through.
The Corsair K70 RGB TKL has a standard key size, so you don’t have to worry about finding a replacement key when it breaks. Regarding layout / key layout, it has two main options, US ANSI and UK ISO; you can also choose a European if you want. The TKL in the K70’s name implies that it doesn’t have a Numpad key array, which is obvious as most gamers use the left W, A, S, and D keys, and the right-hand use the mouse.
Please note that the K70 has only one button option Cherry MX Reds (linear shape, noise reduction) or Cherry MX Speed Slivers (linear-shaped, super responsive, and super quiet). So if you like the tactile MX Browns or the MX Blue clicky series, you’ll have to learn to adapt the experience on this K70, or you can buy a new switch instead.
A rather strange choice that Corsair made is to place the volume slider on the right edge, along with the mute button. However, the rest of the media keys are on the left side of the keyboard.
K70 RGB TKL with Cherry MX Switch
Cherry MX switches feel as good as they sound. They have a trigger distance of just 1.2 mm, ensuring fast response times. Typing for a long time isn’t a problem, but the keyboard really impresses when gaming. The slightly curved keys help hit the keys perfectly over and over, so you never miss a shot whether you’re playing a shooter like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War or League of Legends. The media keys are easy to use and ensure that you don’t lose any time.
As with other Corsair mice and keyboards, the K70 TKL can be configured through the iCue software. Think about adjusting the RGB lighting, recording macros, adjusting your polling rate or profile settings, and even upgrading the firmware. Making your own signature on your keyboard is easier than ever, and the fact that everything can be stored onboard is a huge plus.
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Without a doubt, RGB backlighting is a must when buying a keyboard, and Corsair with the K70 can satisfy even the most demanding customers.
Because in addition to the ability to customize the backlight of each key, the company also provides iCue software (compatible with macOS and Windows) to help with powerful keyboard customization: don’t change all the key layouts, mission critical/revise for tons of lighting effects.
For the average user, you can completely customize the backlight with keystrokes.
There was an adjustment period with the K70, so when I did the 10fastfingers typing test, I struggled a lot with my first three tries scoring below my usual 75 to 80 wpm. However, the fourth time I came in with a fluid 83 wpm as the warm, cheerful RGB-backlit keys inspired me.
I enjoyed playing Borderlands 2 with the K70, and it feels like the keyboard is an additional weapon that helps along the way. There is a noticeable difference in input speed compared to when I usually play with my laptop keyboard. I also feel like I can move, aim and fire weapons more precisely, which is a great advantage over my laptop keyboard.
Playing Batman Arkham Knight is a blast with the K70. I found it easier to drive the Batmobile around. I also hurl bone-crushing punches into the enemy’s nefarious jawbone a little faster. Just having better control over the Batmobile is a huge help as I can navigate Gotham better.
Image Credit: Corsair
The K70 RGB TKL Champion Keyboard is an excellent mechanical keyboard from Corsair that proves it to be an industry leader. It’s the perfect form factor for gamers who want to replace their regular keyboard with a supercharged gaming keyboard of the same capacity.
With the premium roadside appeal of black-brushed aluminum and a superb RGB lighting setup that’s easy to customize via the user-friendly iCue software, the K70 is a win for Corsair. When you use customizable macros, dedicated multimedia keys, fast response times, and great sensitivity, it’s the perfect choice for experienced gamers. At $139.99, it’s not a budget-friendly keyboard either, as you get a lot for your money.