Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

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Our review sample was a pre-production model, so a couple of these photographs come courtesy of Corsair themselves. Including the packaging which is up to their usual high standards with a clear view of the K70 itself coupled to the always attention grabbing yellow highlights.

As well as the standard black keycaps included with the K70 Rapidfire, Corsair supply two differently contoured keycap sets, one for FPS gamers and one for the MOBA crowd. We harp on about the importance of a wrist rest here at OC3D and will continue to do so until you all understand the importance of avoiding RSI, so it's great that Corsair include one with the K70 Rapidfire. Install it!

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In a world where the majority of keyboards all look like they were designed as the easiest possible container for a bunch of keys, the K70 has always stood out as being sleek - thanks to that aluminium chassis - and modern with the roller volume control and minimalist aesthetic. On the underside we find feet at the front and the back in case you have particular requirements.

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The K70 Rapidfire supports polling rate changes via the CUE software, which we'll look at soon, or with the DIP switch around the back. Useful if you have a title that doesn't play at 1ms. There are two USB cables, but if you plug the K70 into a USB 3.0 port then you only need the one. Given how much USB ports are at a premium this is a vital feature.

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The dedicated media keys on the Corsair range of keyboards have always been a highlight and the K70 Rapidfire is no different. As well as individual playback and volume control keys you can just see at the top left the Windows lock button and lighting adjustment. 

The font on a keyboard is usually the same on pretty much all models, but the K70 has a larger, heavier font enabling more of your carefully constructed lighting profile to shine through. We first saw it on the Strafe and we're delighted Corsair have brought it across. No point having wonderful lighting if 90% of it is covered with opaque caps. It's the little things. Beneath the keycaps we find the piece de resistance, the 1.2mm Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed switches in all their RGB glory.

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21-04-2016, 09:34:21

Helix
Am I the only one who doesn't like the light bleeding in between the keys? I haven't seen one in person so it might look better, but it just looks "messy" and not too elegant to me.Quote

21-04-2016, 09:39:47

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Helix View Post
Am I the only one who doesn't like the light bleeding in between the keys? I haven't seen one in person so it might look better, but it just looks "messy" and not too elegant to me.
I think that will always be a difficult taskQuote

21-04-2016, 09:49:06

Helix
Examining it for a bit, this might be because of the flat metal sheet that the switches are located on. The switches are on top of the sheet and the only barrier for the light is the key cap above. Changing that would mean positioning the switches recessed in the sheet, changing the whole design of the board. Guess corsair keyboards are not for me.Quote

21-04-2016, 12:26:29

Flux
I'd really like one of these when they release a K95 variant of it, to replace mine. I had the Gigabyte Osmium keyboard before and a K70, and the Osmium had less bleed but its not RGB just blue. Corsair make the Strafe or the Razer Blackwidow Chroma and such might be more to your liking HelixQuote

23-04-2016, 23:56:14

Jaxel
Wireless and Natural is all I want with this...Quote
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