Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review
Peter Donnell / 7 years ago
A Closer Look
The keyboard looks beautiful with its high-quality, brushed black aluminium finish; a welcome break from the often plastic chassis that we see on most mechanical keyboards.
The key caps are of a very high quality too, with a lightly textured black finish, a slight concave shape and transparent lettering to allow the LED lighting to shine through.
The new Corsair Gaming logo sits in the centre, just above the F-keys.
Along the top edge you will find a master LED control button for when you need to quickly dim the lights and windows key lock button.
In the top right you’ll find a master audio mute button and a stylish textured scroll wheel for the volume control. Just above the number keys you’ll also find four multimedia buttons for stop, skip and play/pause; these extra buttons are not mechanical, but they still feature RGB back-lighting like every other switch.
The keyboard has a slightly sloped design and there is a gentle curve to the key layout from front to back that should provide you with a comfortable typing position. The keys are set quite high over the switches, which should help prevent the keys bottoming out on the chassis and also allow for the LED lighting to back-light the keys.
Around the back of the keyboard you can see the thick hard-wired cable and a small four-way switch.
The BIOS compatibility switch is a welcome feature; especially for those of us who spend a lot of time tinkering with settings.
The underside of the keyboard features four small rubber grips to help keep the keyboard from sliding around; they’re not very big, but combined with the overall weight of the keyboard, they should be more than sufficient.
There are four feet on the underside of the keyboard, two at the back and two at the front, allowing you to easily adjust the angle and height of the keyboard.
The included wrist rest is the full width of the keyboard and completely optional; it also features a slightly grippy rubber coating.
It’s mounted via two clip-in brackets, they’re only plastic mounts and I’ve known these to be notorious to break on many keyboards in the past, hopefully these ones will fare a little better.
Once locked into place the keyboard is certainly bigger, but the size and angle of the wrist rest is very comfortable and looks presentable.
The wrist rest slightly overlaps the frame of the keyboard, helping lock it in place and it also helps hide the join between the rest and the chassis of the keyboard.
The hard-wired cable is fairly significant in size, this is because it splits into two USB cables; both of which are needed to power the keyboards normal functions as well as the complex LED lighting systems.
Here you can see the clear plastic construction of the new Cherry RGB switch. The plastic is lightly textured and this will likely help refract the light better.
Here you can see the switches are showing a soft white under-glow, with the foreground colour on the WASD keys being set to a warm red.
The switches are clearly visible from the side of the keyboard.