Corsair K70 RGB w/ Browns Review

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Corsair K70 RGB w/ Browns Review
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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.

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The K70 RGB keyboard

 

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.

Corsair K70
The K70 keyboard with the WASD keys exposed and with no lighting effect

 

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.

 

Corsair K70
These keys are made for the best feedback possible.

 

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.

 

The K70 keyboard by Corsair
The mechanism of the switch

 

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.

 

 

21 thoughts on “Corsair K70 RGB w/ Browns Review

  • November 8, 2016 at 5:37 am
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    Hey I have the exact same keyboard! It looks amazing. It’s not just eye candy, but the material and its build quality will probably last me a few years. Definitely love corsair gear and will keep trying to obtain more for the collection!

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  • November 8, 2016 at 7:04 am
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    Awesome review. Thanks.

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  • November 8, 2016 at 9:25 am
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    Cool, might pick one up

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  • November 8, 2016 at 10:03 am
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    I would love to try this wonderful keyboard

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  • November 9, 2016 at 2:45 am
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    Blue LEDs without the dying.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 3:05 am
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    this is an awesome looking keyboard love the colors on it

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  • November 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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    Love the LEDs on this. Like that it has a number pad, too!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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    The best of the best!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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    Why does all current gaming keyboards have these rainbow led fx now a days?

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  • November 11, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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    This keyboard sounds awesome! I have been wanting a keyboard that lights up for a long time now, and this one definitely sounds like one of the best! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 13, 2016 at 5:36 am
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    This looks like a great keyboard. Thanks for the review!

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  • November 14, 2016 at 11:29 am
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    Thanks for a great review. I would love to have this keyboard.

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  • November 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm
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    I love Corsair, more from the age where they made memories (still doing that) they have a a great gaming line

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  • November 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm
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    I like the look of these a lot better than some of the other gaming keyboards – it’s more understated.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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    I like the more understated look of this, rather than some of the more “gamer”-y ones they’ve put out.

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    • February 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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      *Ahem* RAZER *Ahem*. hahaha!

      I totally agree with you. Especially if you buy the keyboard without the Corsair Tramp stamp, then you will be looking like a keyboard enthusiast, not a gamer that just wants a gaming keyboard!

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  • December 17, 2016 at 4:24 am
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    I like the lights on this keyboard, but my brother is the gamer, this would probably be better for him than me.

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    • February 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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      I cannot say that I am a “gamer”. I want to play games, but I don’t find much time. I like to say that I am a computer enthusiast. If you see me during access to a wifi connection, I am probably helping people at the linustechtips.com forum, and watching videos about components that at least in the near future won’t be able to own. I can pay for Overwatch, it is just 40 dollars. I cannot pay what is required to play overwatch at 60 frames per second on ultra settings. So, so fire, the lights are not what makes you a gamer. It is what you do with the lights and the keyboard that makes you a gamer.

      Just a note, there is a K70 non-RGB version, which costs less, and comes with red switch LEDs, but my whole setup is blue-themed, so I cant have a red keyboard.

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  • December 18, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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    one thing I don’t truly get is, what if I just take one of my olds keyboard which are in fact mechanical, are the same of the new mechanical keyboards? ok looks like crap but works.

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    • February 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm
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      It depends on what is that old mechanical keyboard you are talking about. If it is, in fact a mechanical keyboard, with a PC in it like the commodore 64, it could be modified to serve as a mechanical keyboard.
      If you mean if it would feel like the mechanical keyboards from now, I believe that this also depends on the keyboard we are talking about. The commodore 64 used hybrid switches, which from what I understand from other people’s feelings about it, it wasn’t that good.

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