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Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches

  • Cherry MX Red Mechanical Key Switches
  • Multi color, per key backlighting
  • 100% Anti-Ghosting with 104 key rollover on USB
  • Aircraft-grade black anodized brushed aluminum finish
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  • Nathan T.
  • 12/2/2014 4:32:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA Few Issues

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Same open keyboard design as previous non-RGB K70.
Solid metal construction.
LEDs aren't dying like the blue LEDs of the previous gen.
Best implementation of RGB LEDs so far, with the clear switches for even lighting.

Cons: Logo is pretty bad.

The software is incomprehensible. Had to watch quite a few youtube videos to learn how to work basic features of the light color control and key binding.

The keyboard cannot work independently of the driver. This means you can't config it and then move it to a Mac or Linux machine.

LEDs do not transition smoothly between colors; Corsair forums reveal this is due to the keyboard only displaying 512 colors instead of the advertised 16.8 million. A firmware fix is supposedly on the way but keeps getting delayed.

I got the version with MX blue switches and the keypresses feel extremely inconsistent between keys. Some are almost mushy feeling. I own three other MX blue keyboards so I kind of know how they should feel.

Other Thoughts: I should've just bought one of the previous gen K70 instead of this new one. The inconsistent keys ruin the feel of the whole keyboard. The 512 colors I can deal with, but the feel of the keys I cannot. I bought this thing to type on, after all. When you pay for a premium mechanical keyboard, you expect it to be better than standard mechs but it really isn't. I've tossed this aside and went back to using a Filco.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,

We're sorry that you're unsatisfied with your RGB K70. If you feel like your keys aren't the same consistency, we suggest that you submit a ticket at corsair.force.com or call us at 888-222-4346 and we'll have one of our represenatives help you with a replacement.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Corsair Support Email: support@corsair.com
Corsair Support Phone Number: 888-222-4346

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  • Moses K.
  • 11/15/2014 9:52:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsQuality Concerns

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Great Looking Keyboard

Cons: Keys are starting to loose their tactile feel and click. I bought the MX Blue because I like the click sound and feel but I have a couple keys that already lose the feel and click sound. They feel like MX Reds now instead of blues. For such an expensive keyboard you would think the keys would last more then a month

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,

We're deeply sorry to hear that you're unsatisfied with your keyboard. If you feel that your keys don't feel right, please submit a ticket at corsair.force.com or call us at 888-222-4346 and we set you up with a replacement keyboard.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Corsair Support Email: support@corsair.com
Corsair Support Phone Number: 888-222-4346

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  • Zachary M.
  • 11/13/2014 6:51:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor quality switches

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Tons of customization options
Solid construction

Cons: Inconsistent switches (Cherry MX Blue)
Unintuitive software

Other Thoughts: As of now, I have an RMA in place for a refund, as Corsair doesn't even have any to ship out for replacements. My guess is that due to the multitude of problems reported with the blue switches, they are pulling stock and working on a fix or redesign. My switches felt very rough and were much harder to press than my other keyboard with Cherry MX Blues. They felt more like Cherry MX Greens with sand underneath each key. Hopefully they get this sorted out, but as of now there is no chance of me getting another one of these.

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  • Jamie P.
  • 11/6/2014 4:36:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Keyboard!

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Really great clickly feel and audible click. First mech key so I am really enjoying it!

Cons: The software is very difficult to understand and I must open it to get my lighting profile to work.

Other Thoughts: Back light looks great. Love the features. Recommend to everyone!

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  • Bryan H.
  • 11/5/2014 10:32:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBretty gud

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Had this keyboard for about a month so far and it feels great. It was my first mechanical keyboard ever.
I stopped noticing the Corsair tribal tattoo after a while and it doesn't bug me anymore.

Cons: The price is pretty high for a mechanical keyboard but you are paying the extra $50 for lights

Other Thoughts: I underestimated just how loud blues were and I had to get rubber o-rings to put on the keycaps and now I only hear the click of the switch and not the slamming of the key hitting the metal backboard.

The software takes a bit to learn, but once you get a hang of it its pretty easy and very powerful.

If your getting the RGB you're already giving up price for lights compared to a k70 vengeance which does the same exact thing without the configurable lights for $50 cheaper, so you know what your getting in to.

The media controls and metal construction were the deciding factor between this and the Black Widow Chroma. I'm happy with my keyboard, can't ever go back to membrane keyboards

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  • Arthur H.
  • 10/30/2014 6:47:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid buying until the blue switch issue is fixed.

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: The RGB functionality seems to work...

Cons: Very inconsistent key switches. Only 50% of my switches feel like blue switches , the rest feel mushy almost like a mix of brown and red switches. I noticed this immediately after trying to type with the keyboard.

Other Thoughts: Totally unacceptable product the way it is right now, there are many others with the same key switch complaint on Corsair's forums.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,

We're sorry to hear that your Cherry MX Switches feel "mushy". If you feel that there is something wrong with your keyboard, feel free to submit a ticket at corsair.force.com or call us at 888-222-4346 and we'll set you up with a replacement unit.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Corsair Support Email: support@corsair.com
Corsair Support Phone Number: 888-222-4346

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/25/2014 1:30:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCorsair cmon now..

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: 1) Best tech in a keyboard period.
2) Lighting possibilities endless.
3) Cable is nice and thick (3rd of an inch in diameter or so).
4) Nice and soft wrist rest
5) Build quality of the keyboard as a whole feels premium

Cons: 1) Current software for color profiling has a high learning curve(but this is something that isn't a true con considering what this keyboard is).
2) Blue switches are horridly inconsistent. 10% of keys (especially non standard letter sized keys) are all mushy/grainy/non clicky and feel like some mx browns. THANKFULLY most of the normal keys for gaming (aside from ENTER/Shift/Space) are acceptable.
3) Price for some folks.

Other Thoughts: This keyboard has lots of interesting hardware built into it. Corsair I believe didn't devote enough time or they simply hyped the keyboard up far too much and delayed it far too long to put out a product of this many inconsistencies.

My main problems are some of the issues documented by many folks, the biggest being that far too many people have botched blue switches, this is all over the place, I need not elaborate on this further. RMA'ing in this point in time wouldn't help because basically everyone who has blues and has commented on them, have issues. And this is why I included price as a con. Software issues I can live with for now, but the hardware? Cmon corsair, just test the things.. That brings me to my next point.

Second, the software is incomplete (no true API's as of today) so no LUA scripting as promised at the start of the year, but they are working on it thankfully. But then there are the constant crashes between the CUE software out now, and Steam. Yes this keyboard has problems with a gaming platform such as Steam, causing both the keyboard software and Steam to crash.

These issues will hopefully be resolved, and I can see how corsair has the rights to RGB MX switches for this year, but I think they also have a few things that set them apart from other keyboards as well, I just hope they can focus on the minor QA issues on the hardware side, and go full throttle on the software side. The software even at this stage is HIGHLY extensive if your up to learning its intricacies.

Hopefully I can update this in the future if things improve. But remember to stay away from the Blue switches for now.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,

We're sorry to hear that your keyboard feels inconsistent. If you believe there is something wrong with your keyboard feel free to contact us at 888-222-4346 or you can submit a ticket at corsair.force.com and we'll be happy to assist you.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Corsair Support Email: support@corsair.com
Corsair Support Phone Number: 888-222-4346

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  • Ashley B.
  • 10/17/2014 8:39:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat keyboard with a few little things weighing it down

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: This is my first LED and cherry mx blue keyswitch mechanical keyboard. I have to say on both of those "news" I've been impressed with this keyboard.
Coming from reds blues were at first very noisy and harsh. However after using them (especially after using them and coming back to them after a walk) I got used to them and began to appreciate the tactile feeling. I understand the "satisfying click" that mechanical keyboard enthusiasts use to describe the sound this switch makes.
As far as the LEDs go. The Corsair Utility Engine software takes some getting used to. Personally I didn't encounter many bugs.
Not new to K70s or mechanical keyboards but the media controls are a nice convenience. I listen to music through Spotify and even though the Corsair software didn't list it as a media player the controls work anyway.

Cons: No included keycap puller.
Corsair Gaming logo is ugly, yellow for the "gaming" text isn't the best choice.
The color choices are not as wide as the advertised "16.7 million colors" Corsair says. Go Google it, but in short the RGB lights each are getting 3 bits to represent colors which adds up to 255 total, not 16.7 million. That being said you still get a good amount of choice in colors and wave/ripple patterns transition smoothly.

Other Thoughts: This is a great product. However, there are some small things Corsair has to change for it to be unquestionably perfect.
1) Include a keycap puller. Lots of people like to customize their keyboard with custom keycaps. Also removing keys makes cleaning easy.
2) The Corsair Gaming logo needs to change or we need an option to buy a version of the keyboard with the classic and classier Corsair logo.
3) Real 8 bit color (16.7 million colors).

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  • Christopher E.
  • 10/16/2014 9:59:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst Mechanical Keyboard

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: As the title indicates, this is my first mechanical keyboard, and boy am I happy! I don't game on PC so the Cherry MX Blue switches seemed like the most obvious choice for my needs. The MX Blue switches take a fair amount of pressure to actuate. That said, based on how I type I tend to bottom out the keys. My previous keyboard was the very solid Logitech Elite with membrane switches. After using that keyboard for 11 years or so, there is a little bit of adjustment to the feel of this one. Not necessarily good or bad, just a different beast. The switches here have a very positive feel to them so I have almost NO miss pressed keystrokes and the only errors are from true typographical errors. In addition, even the media, brightness, win lock keys and volume control seem very well constructed. I had read that some users of the Cherry MX RGB Blues felt that they keys were subpar and squishy compared to standard MX Blues. I have nothing to base my own experience upon, but I'm perfectly satisfied with the way the keys feel. As far as the build quality is concerned, it feels VERY solid, sleek, and decently compact for the features included. Part of what made me interested in the K70 series in general is that there isn't a surrounding border around the key zones which will allow for easier dusting and cleaning. The soft-touch material on the wrist wrest is also appreciated. As for the BIG thing about the K70 RGB: the lighting. The lights aren't too bright but are clearly visible even in a well lit room. Once you start figuring out the software, you can do some cool stuff! I currently have my F12 key to switch between different lighting profiles. The software is EXTREMELY detailed so it really seems that the sky is the limit as far as options. All in all, I would highly recommend this keyboard for it's overall build quality, lighting options, and most importantly, the feel. That is that you can deal with some cons.

Cons: The CUE software feels like an alpha version. It's stable, and does do what it's supposed to do, but figuring it out and getting it do what you want is very challenging. Your patience will be required!!! I knew about this before purchase since I'm sure that it will evolve into something much better. As far as the hardware is concerned, my major wish is that the wrist rest was 1/2 - 3/4 inch deeper. I have slightly below average sized hands and my palm barely makes contact on the rest. It should also be mentioned that the lighting on some keys is uneven. Not a major problem but should be noted. Another thing worth mentioning that when keys have a slow pulsing light, the pulse is not very smooth and seems to jump between steps. Again this might be a firmware/ software issue. Nothing major but something to mention.

Other Thoughts: All in all, I would highly recommend this keyboard for it's overall build quality, lighting options, and most importantly, the feel. That is that you can deal with the cons.

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  • Adam H.
  • 10/15/2014 7:43:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent gaming keyboard, works on Linux

This review is from: Corsair K70 Cherry MX RGB Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: This keyboard feels excellent. The build quality is great, just what I expected from having already used a K70. The keyboard's main frame is one big piece of solid, durable aluminum with a nice brushed black gunmetal finish (as opposed to my other K70 which is a light brushed aluminum finish). It looks amazing, especially with the multicolored backlight on.

While many are complaining about the software, I personally found Corsair's Utility Engine software to be very powerful. It isn't the easiest control panel I've ever seen, but it makes up for its comparatively difficult learning curve with its wide array of customization options. You can make all sorts of cool patterns - linear, circular, fade, and more - and each pattern can have a programmed color cycle. You can also simply set individual keys to individual colors, useful for making profiles that highlight different key groups used in games. It also has a macro feature which allows you to remap keys to perform different functions, though as the K70 lacks dedicated macro keys it isn't as useful compared to the K95(?) that has a block of dedicated macro keys.

Just as the non-RGB K70 has, this keyboard has a dedicated block of multimedia keys - stop, previous, next, and play/pause - along with a mute button and a high quality metal volume roller. This feature was what originally convinced me to buy my first K70 and it's just as useful on the RGB model, except now you can color-customize the media keys as well!

Cons: The most obvious con about this keyboard is the logo. Corsair's logo has always been great, the three sails look professional and high quality. The new Corsair Gaming logo looks rather bad in comparison. It's just some weird tribal tattoo looking thing that has nothing to do with pirates or ships. It also looks out of place, a gaudy gaming logo on an otherwise flat, professional looking product. While I dislike the new logo, it isn't so bad that I completely wrote off the product, however. Overall it looks just fine, but it would look better with the old one.

My next complaint is the lack of a USB passthrough. The original K70 had two USB plugs, one for the keyboard itself and the other went to a passthrough port on the back of the keyboard. I often unplug my mouse from my gaming desktop and throw it in my bag with my laptop, so having the mouse plugged in to the keyboard was super convenient. The new K70 RGB does away with the passthrough despite still having two USB plugs, a design decision I feel is completely unnecessary. While USB 2.0 specifies only up to 500mA of current and the K70 RGB is rated at 1A max, most computers will provide well beyond 500mA if the device attempts to pull as much. I've used my K70 RGB on my desktop's front USB2.0 port, my home server's front USB2.0 port, and my laptop's USB2.0 port all just fine even at full brightness white (which is the setting that would draw the most power). The second plug is simply for more current, power lines wired in parallel with the main plug, and is only needed if your PC is one of those that has issues providing 1A out its USB2.0 port. In my opinion, a much better option would have been to ship a Y-adapter cable to split the keyboard into two plugs if necessary while leaving the second plug as a USB passthrough.

The keyboard packaging claims to support 16.8 million colors. This, at least at the moment, is a lie. Several Corsair forum users reported that they were noticing only 8 color steps when creating fades and wipes in CUE despite CUE offering a 0-255 range in its interface. I confirmed this as I decoded the USB protocol that CUE uses to talk to the keyboard. In reality, it is only sending 3 bits per LED for a total of 8 color steps (full off to full bright). Accounting for RGB, that is 8*8*8, or 512 possible colors. This may be addressed in a future firmware update with a new USB protocol to allow the full color range, but as of now it only supports 512 colors per key.

Other Thoughts: I've always been a fan of color changing LEDs, having custom-modded my PC's case fans to have controllable RGB LEDs, have an RGB LED strip for backlighting behind my monitors, to modifying GE Color Effects RGB Christmas lights to run a light show off of my PC with...so when I saw that Corsair was making my beloved K70 with RGB LEDs I did not hesitate to pre-order as soon as it became available. My original K70 has brown switches which I think feel great, but I decided I wanted to see how I liked the clicky blue switches and purchased the blue switches version of the K70 RGB. I actually prefer the blues now with their solid, sharp clicking action. If you're in an office or shared space I'd recommend going for the browns instead though because they're much quieter.

I am a heavy Linux user, so while I knew ahead of time that CUE was only supported on Windows I was really hoping to be able to use it on Linux as well. The keyboard has some issues with Linux, though ultimately it does work nicely there. When first connecting the keyboard, it seems to take a long time before the keyboard becomes operational (tens of seconds). It sometimes gets stuck in a mode where hitting any key adjusts the backlight brightness. Once it is working, however, it stays working and performs perfectly. After I got past this issue I decoded the USB protocol that sets the LEDs and wrote a Linux program to set the LEDs as well as a cool music visualizer using the LEDs. I've posted some information on Reddit and YouTube regarding this.

Final Thoughts:

Although it has its issues, I still really love this keyboard. It's pricey, but for individual RGB backlighting I really do feel it's worth it. I'm not too upset by the color depth limitation as unless you're doing fading animations it isn't really noticeable and one of the main reasons I wanted RGB is to do key grouping for games. On top of that, it's still a K70, what I consider to be the best looking and feeling keyboard out there. I highly recommend it if you have the money to spend and want an awesome, high quality, highly customizable keyboard that's perfect for gaming, programming, and writing alike.

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