- Cherry MX Blue
- USB Wired
Great keyboard 10/09/2013
Wow what a great variety of keyboards here from Corsair! A number of faceplate colors, backight colors, and even 3 different kind of MX switches to suit anyone's needs.
Build quality seems to be top notch, just like many of Corsair's products. Not too heavy, but still firm enough to not allow any give or flex no matter what you might do. Great soft removable wrist-rests if they are ever needed. Super bright LEDs and elevated keys give an underglow effect that is just beautiful. No loose feeling or clanky sounding switches on either of the boards I purchased
Thick cotton braided cable a little over 6 foot long seems to be made of a quality that looks to last beyond the warranty. BIOS polling rate switch is a plus for those who may still be using, or choose to use, with older motherboards. Fold out feet can be used to adjust to anyone's comfort angle. Media keys are amazing, and seem to work well with all of the software you would think would support them. Volume wheel is my favorite out of any of the mechanical KBs I have owned so far. Customizable backlighting is a cool and handy new feature Corsair has added. A definite improvement on the K60.
A little on the expensive side, depending on when you buy it. I wanted to get my blue one cheaper, waited for a sale, just to see them go out of stock for a few days. Bought it right away when they came back in stock.
I do get what others are saying about the cheap feel to the keycaps. Not just the included colored keycaps, but all of the keycaps including the spacebar. They probably spent more time trying to build the body and inner electronics up, then kind of phoned it in on the keycaps. They feel like they could be very fragile.
Also just a bit of nitpicking...I do wish you could customize, say like on Corsair's website, what kind of body, backlight color, and type of switches you would like to personally put together. No biggie, just a thought.
I actually ordered two of these for different applications. These aren't my first mechanical keyboards. I have owned and used many over some time now. I initially bought the K70 Black with Cherry MX reds and red LEDs. It was great for gaming, but typing wise, not so good. I was having trouble accidentally hitting keys while typing I didn't mean to hit. My emails started looking like something a backwoods hillbilly typed. At first I thought it was because the keys on these boards are so much smaller than I am used to with other mechanical keyboards. But that turned out to not be the case. After doing some research this is what I found to be mostly truthful in my opinion.
Cherry MX Blue - tactile feel with some resistance, nice clicky feedback. Good for gaming and typing but may annoy you, or others around you. Sounds kind of like old 80's electronic typewriters in typing class. <--------Let's you know I'm getting old.
Cherry MX Brown - Same resistance as the blues without the click clickitty clack. Perfect for gamers and typists. <------OK, but not what I prefer.
Cherry MX Red - More of a linear switch with almost no resistance and no click really at all. You don't even really have to press the key down the whole way for it to register. More for gamers than typing. Some people, however, prefer this switch to type with. Stating that it improves their WPM drastically. In games you can really tap the switch down over and over without any missed presses being registered. Good for FPS games.
Cherry MX Black - Same as the reds, but with a lot of resistance and feedback. For those of you that really like to have to force the switch down. <-------I really don't like these.
And that's why I went with two boards. The K70 with MX reds for when I'm just gaming, and the K70 with MX blues for when I am gaming and typing. Plus the blue LEDs with the gun metal grey just look amazing.
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