This is a review of the Corsair K70 mechanical keyboard, with Cherry MX brown switches. This keyboard varies from 150 euros to 200 euros, depending on where somebody will buy and where they are located. Before starting, I would like to say that throughout this review, I will have written some advice that I learned about through experience since I own this keyboard and paid full price.
About the outside appearance, it is a keyboard with a number pad (If you don’t want a Numpad the Corsair K65 series keyboards are the ones for you), in an ISO layout, which means that the enter key is in one row, not taking 3 lines on the keyboard like an ANSI keyboard. The backspace button is the appropriate length, not being too short or too large. The keyboard also comes with a helpful addition of a metallic, well-constructed volume wheel, a mute key, and under that, a stop, go to last track, play/pause, and go to the next track buttons, in that specific order. Also, the keyboard includes 2 round buttons beside the lights for the Caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock, that adjust the LED lights’ brightness, and one that disables the two “Windows” keys on the keyboard, so that if you accidentally press them, you will not be automatically exiting the game you will be playing. Also, with the keyboard comes a wrist rest is really spacious and overall a worthy addition. I luckily own the keyboard that is without the “tramp-stamp” Corsair Gaming logo as the internet calls it, so I have the one with the normal Corsair logo. About the font of the keycaps, it is an attractive, low-profile font, with a bit of transparent plastic for the letters that lets the colors of the keyboard shine through the keycap.
Moving onto the more technical side. About the switches themselves, housed in my keyboard I wanted the Cherry MX brown switches, but the customer can buy the more gaming specific switches, the MX reds. Note that for some reason, some shops sell the keyboard with the red switches for less money. The cherry MX browns are switches with a tactile feedback, while reds, made for gaming, do not have a tactile “bump” and they have a lower actuation point, which is when a key press will appear on the screen, a feature much needed for professional eSports players. The RGB LEDs can represent 16.8 million colors. These LEDs are embedded on the key switch itself, in a semi-transparent housing so the LED will illuminate throughout the key, hence giving a more completed look. Also, a welcome addition is that the characteristics of each key type are not impacted in any way, with this design, and as a bonus, each key’s LED is less susceptible of static discharge, so fewer LEDs have the potential to burn and stop functioning.
On to the software, this keyboard uses the Corsair Utility Engine (most commonly referred to as CUE).This piece of software was not pleasant to work with. The software layout was badly organized. This may be a setback for you, but when you consider that this keyboard has one of the biggest profile-making communities, this will no longer bother you. You can go the way I followed, which is just downloading a lot of profiles, and testing them all until you get to one that you like. Since my setup is blue, I found a profile that while idle, the buttons were all blue, and when you pressed a key, that key would go around the whole spectrum and then go back to blue. Perfect for my setup. So, my advice is: don’t bother with the software, just download a profile, apply it, and put the program aside for a while.
To the more informed readers, you might have realized that in this review the K70 LUX models have not been referenced. This is because this model may look the same, but they are very different.
Wrapping up, I believe the Corsair K70 RGB keyboard is one of the best gaming-oriented keyboards available widely in the market. I would suggest it to everybody at that 150 to 200-euro budget.