Today we’re looking at the Corsair K70 RGB TKL Gaming Keyboard. This new model from Corsair features Cherry MX Red switches, with a total 16.8 million color backlighting for every key on the keyboard and customizable LED lighting profiles to match your gaming style. It’s also compatible with virtually all major operating systems, so it should be easy enough to get up and running no matter what OS you use.
As you’d expect from a premium gaming keyboard, it’s jam-packed with some of Corsair’s iconic features and some new ones.
At a glance, there are the following features:
- Corsair’s AXON hyper-processing technology is at the heart of this system.
- Anodized aluminum frame
- RGB illumination for each key
- Double-shot PBT keycaps
- Mechanical Cherry MX switches
- USB Type-C cable that is detachable and braided
- Volume roller and dedicated media keys
- Compatible with iCUE
- 100 percent anti-ghosting and full N-Key rollover
- 8 MB of inbuilt memory
Browsing over the features, you would be right in thinking that many of these are quite common on gaming keyboards. The Dynamic RGB illumination for each key illuminates the base vibrantly and shines through the double-shot keycaps equally. One thing that is no stranger to any Corsair product is the inclusion of the iCUE software, giving you complete control over the lighting’s vibrance and effects. You can get away without using the software altogether, which is always a nice touch, by using the hotkeys to change your lighting effects and brightness.
Keys with a Purpose
While dedicated media keys are nothing new to gaming keyboards, certainly in Corsair’s vast range, they are of stellar quality and deserve mention as this is a rare feature on TKL gaming keyboards. The Keys with a Purpose fit on the board naturally due to its above-average width compared to other TKL boards and are a very convenient feature, eliminating the need to use the Fn key to operate.
The primary playback keys are on the top left, with the remaining keys on the right. As usual, the volume roller/scroll bar is wonderfully positioned and a functional element for a keyboard, making browsing and listening to music a snap. Alongside the bar, there’s a mute button that now has the same per-key RGB as the playback buttons and primary keys, but the profile, brightness, and Windows lock keys are still plain white.
Prepared for the tournament
The K70 TKL is part of Corsair’s “Champion Series,” and it was created and tested by esports experts, according to the company. To cut through the hype, most of their goods technically belong within this category, but they’re talking about a set of features that cater to competitive gamers.
First and foremost, this comes with a detachable USB Type-C connection, which is fantastic; this is something we see more and more of these days, and I’m a huge supporter; let’s make hard-wired versions obsolete. Additionally, the detachable cable and TKL form factor effectively make this a more portable alternative, which many esports pros will prefer when purchasing a new keyboard.
A “tournament switch” is located next to the USB port on the rear. This switch was entirely useless for me. However, I know a few individuals who get distracted by their peripherals’ RGB lights, so having a button that changes this rapidly is an excellent small bonus. The option also prevents macro activation by mistake, but oddly, it does not lock the Windows key? Whether or not this function is beneficial is a matter of personal preference, but I will not be utilizing it.
Corsair’s AXON Hyper-Processing is a feature that we’re seeing on their latest premium keyboards. With 8,000Hz hyper-polling, this technology transfers your inputs to your PC up to eight times quicker than traditional gaming keyboards. So, what does this imply? While you’re unlikely to see or notice the difference, this keyboard can detect keypresses four times quicker than traditional gaming keyboards, making it a must-have.
It’s primarily marketing to say, “see how responsive our keyboard is,” but I’m all for technological developments when shopping for new peripherals; I don’t care if I notice the difference; all I want is the best for gaming the K70 TKL provides.
The Cherry MX switches are available on the K70 TKL, with the Red variety being the one we have here. Cherry MX Red mechanical keyboards are nothing new to those who have previously owned a mechanical keyboard, but they are very dependable and responsive when it comes to gaming. My favorite color is red, but Varmillo’s Sakura switches have taken over as my favorite. These are reasonably quiet, with just a tiny buzz when the keypress comes to a halt, suitable if you like mechanical keyboards.
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