Razer may have been first to market with its Cherry-powered Black Widow gaming keyboard, but it was Corsair that charged into the space and really put mechanical gaming keyboards on the map. By poaching engineers from Logitech, and combining that skill with its own processes, Corsair released a range of peripherals that were sturdier, more responsive, and better looking than any of the competition. That excellence continues with the new Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 keyboard, and while it may not be the most essential upgrade if you’ve already bought into the family, it remains an excellent board packed with useful features.
Built around a solid piece of attractive, black aluminium, this is a board that can take some abuse. The keys feature the now sadly usual RGB lighting, though this is easily controlled from the board itself, and can be tweaked handily via Corsair’s excellent iCUE software – which can also be used for macro-recording. The Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 also boasts 8MB of onboard storage, so you can commit three whole profiles to memory, along with lighting if you want to take it on the road.
Alternate key caps are included for popular gaming keys (like the WASD keys, and a few other to cover a range of genres) – they’re much the same design that Corsair’s been using for years now, and offer that little bit extra tactile feedback in-game, without interfering with typing speed or precision. Other extra features include a scroll-wheel volume control, media buttons, a USB pass-through, and a very generous and comfortable detachable wrist-rest. With the rest, and the feet on the underside of the keyboard deployed, this really is one of the most comfortable keyboards we’ve used for gaming or writing.
The K70 RGB MK.2 is available with the full range of Cherry keys, and for once the review unit features my personal favourite – Cherry MX Blues. They may annoy workmates and flatmates, but the clicky responsiveness feels great in game. The keys feature generous travel and feel solidly bouncy under your fingers, and are well-spaced, despite how compact the keyboard is overall. There’s a slight ringing sound from the keyboard as you type, which is a minor distraction, and Corsair’s reversed a few of the characters on the keys (ie, the semi-colon is above the colon), which is another minor gripe, as it can confuse hunter-and-pecker typists used to the more regular layout. But it’s hardly a major sticking point.
What might be a sticking point, however, is the keyboard’s price. At $229 it is a non-trivial investment, but it is one that will last. There are features that may not appeal – like the RGB lighting – and it’s certainly not enough of an evolution to justify upgrading if you’re already happy with your current mechanical keyboard, especially if it’s an early Corsair model.
But if you’re yet to make the jump to mechanical – there’s got to be some of you out there – this is a great option that will see you through many years of gaming.