Pros: -Genuine German Cherry MX Red switches. They are very smooth and feel precise. Their reputation is incomparable.
-Very sturdy black brushed aluminum frame.
-Detachable palm rest is comfortable, and has a non-slip grip. Being detachable is a definite plus if you have limited desk room.
-VERY powerful Corsair Utility Engine software allows custom programming of just about any aspect of the keyboard - per key RGB lighting patterns and effects; custom key assignments; custom macros (keyboard and mouse inputs); import/export profiles (search the Internet to download impressive community custom built profiles); built-in timer assignable to any key which can then trigger a sound, light effect, or execute a prebuilt action; DPI feature triggers a lower DPI on your mouse for "sniper" mode if you have a Corsair M65 mouse.
-Polling-rate switch lets you fine tune to your liking, or switch to BIOS mode for maximum compatibility with older legacy devices.
-Large diamond-textured aluminum volume control wheel for rapid volume adjustment - approx. 5 rotations to adjust 100% volume.
-Media control keys above the number pad (membrane type; not mechanical) that are compatible with W.M.P., iTunes, WinAmp, and foobar2000.
-Built-in Windows lock key, and LED brightness key (4 levels including off).
-Customize-able onscreen display shows which profile and mode, DPI, and timer. You can position, size, and color the OSD to your liking, and even have it fade off the screen after a preset time amount of time.
-100% anti-ghosting keys
-Uses either 1 USB3.0 port, or two USB2.0 ports
Cons: -Cherry MX Red switches are loud and firm - lots of mechanical "clack". Fellow gamers can hear my key strokes when my microphone is open. I have to use push-to-talk instead of VOX when playing with friends to avoid accidental open mic. I plan to remedy this by installing aftermarket key switch o-rings ($15-20 for a set).
-The Corsair Utility Engine software is very convoluted. It has taken me several days of combing through the knowledge base documents and trial and error to really be able to use the keyboard to its fullest. I know this is a side-effect of being very robust. However, I feel that the software GUI should be overhauled and reorganized.
-The C.U.E. software MUST be installed on your PC for your custom profiles to load. The product description says otherwise since there is built-in memory, but I have yet to get this to work.
-For the price tag, I wish it came with some accessories like a key cap puller, or maybe a dust cover.
-No integrated USB passthrough or audio ports.
Overall Review: Even with the above mentioned cons, the Cosair K70 RGB Gaming keyboard has quickly become my favorite keyboard I've ever used. I can't wait to really start customizing it with new key caps and o-rings! If you consider yourself an avid gamer and it's within your budget, I highly recommend it!
I also recommend visiting the Corsair website to download the Gaming K70 user manual to see the extremely extensive customization options. My product review really just scratches the surface of what can be done with this keyboard!
Thanks to Newegg.com and Corsair for providing the review sample!
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Pros: Excellent Build
Great tactile Keys
Lighted Keyboard looks great in dark room.
I can game with the room lights low which is nice for creepy atmospheric games
Forum visited by Corsair guys that post back to questions
Well placed media keys
16.8 million color PER KEY back lighting..boggles the mind
Generous cable length
Cons: Software is bad
Manual is bad
Steep learning curve to reach full potential
Quick set-up guide is bad as well as incomplete (wrong)
Quick setup states: "Connect the keyboard to the two USB ports" and "Both USB connectors are required."
NOT SO. If you use USB 3.0, then one will do according to Corsair. If using the two USB 2.0 ports they must be connected in a specific order which is NOT in the quick start guide but you don't find those facts out until you read the manual which MUST be downloaded.
Also, in quick start - Keep the pictures of the parts on the same page as the descriptive text.
Direct Quote: "...highly recommend not using this feature endless instructed..."
Software won't install in my Win 8.1
Thick, non pliable USB cable wrapped in PSU like mesh
Actual K70 key brightness is dim even at brightest setting.
Five position BIOS mode switch needed for older BIOS. Lots of restarting and clicking going on there, eh?
Don't forget to change BIOS setting back to default afterwards. There is an LED on the K70 designed to help the user remember.
When the software is deleted (say, you want a fresh start) it isn't entirely wiped. On reinstall any changes or profiles previously made reappear. Give the user the option to delete or keep personal settings.
Overall Review: I heavily debated 3 or 4 eggs. 3 is to low 4 is too high.
This is one solid piece of hardware that can't reach it's potential due to software and incompatibilities.
I love the feel of the keys and the noise doesn't bother me.
Billed as a "gaming keyboard" I thought long and hard just what it is about the K70 that makes it so.
Rugged? Yes, the keys will endure a lot of pounding (the W will never wear off).
Quicker qualitative response in that critical death match? I doubt it.
After that what is there? Nothing essential. Corsair claims that if you are using X player in a game
and switch to player Y the board can be programmed to change it's light scheme. Cool, but useful ?
At the forum, what the guys are really getting into are all the possibilities when it comes to lighting.
To program the K70 is not a trivial matter and some of the complaints are with the manual's attempt to explain how it's done.
I am in a technical field. We have our own way of talking and explaining. If you are not attuned to the lingo difficulties will arise. Back in college a physics Prof once told
the class he couldn't explain physics any "easier".
It would take time, dedication and skill to simplify the programmable explanations of the K70. It should have been done. This isn't physics. If you are familiar with basic terms and concepts things will be easier.
Corsair has developed a wildly popular keyboard at a price that does not deter. I give full credit for knowing their market and what will sell. I am disappointed that the software is hinky. I had no issues installing software, termed CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) on Win 7 64. CUE would NOT install on an ASUS M4A785-M system running Win 8.1 "Setup was not able to install this product due to some error" or "The system cannot open the device or file specified".
I posted at the Corsair board four days ago. No useful replies received. I cut and pasted all files and folders from Win 7 to Win 8.1, CUE starts and has usability but does crash on occasion.
I posted this issue to the Corsair board. No useful replies received..4 days
Two of my older games (Max Payne 2 and NFSU) will not start
while the K70 is connected to my ASUS P8Z77-V. There maybe others.
There are dozens of downloadable profiles that can be found at the Corsair board many of which are quite elaborate.
I downloaded a couple and they worked without problems. The question then became do I want a keyboard that has a continual left to right rainbow. No, I don't, at least not while I am using it. But, someone will enjoy leaving that profile running while away.
You Tube has many video tutorials on how to create effects with the K70 some done by Corsair. KUDOS for that.
In Conclusion: Marvelous build quality, sub-par software and directions. The software will mature over time and more useful
tutorials will be produced. If you are in the market for this type of KB the Corsair is an excellent choice just be aware frust
Pros: Great keyboard- sturdy feel – brush steel has sleek look
Removable keys make it easy to clean
MX switches are of good quality
RGB LEDs allow you to basically customize any fathomable design of color on the keyboard - just search some videos for ideas
Maybe the best rgb LED keyboard out there
Cons: The symbols at the top of the keyboard are brighter than the numbers. The same is true for the period and slashes – I wish both symbols on the keys had the same amount of visibility.
Software interface is poorly designed in my opinion. It throws everything at you at once. The layout could have a wizard driven interface to make things more intuitive. I couldn’t figure out how to simply change the keyboard to blue while keeping the WASD also blue. I seemed to be clicking the buttons in the appropriate way, but no luck. I lost my patience messing around with the settings and just downloaded a profile template. I don’t think my software package came with any extra profiles besides plain red.
Palm rest could be bigger IMO
Wish it had a USB port(s) built into it
Price tag is quite high
Overall Review: Great keyboard – second mechanical keyboard I’ve owned. First was a Razer blackwidow ultimate. The noise of the MX Blues got to me after only a few days and when a firmware update bricked the keyboard (this should never happen! – bad on Razer) I was determined to try another kind of keyboard.
This lasted a firmware update and has been a pleasure to type on as well as look at
O-ring mod makes this keyboard quieter – I highly recommend grabbing some o-rings for the keys
I like led keyboards – it really helps when you are typing in dim lighting - it seems this keyboard is the king of led keyboards right now
1 USB 3.0 port can power the keyboard
Pros: The keyboard uses Cherry MX Red Keys which are perfect for double tapping and various other quick handed tasks. The feel of the keycaps is comfortable. This makes for a good ergonomic posture. The software is solid in controlling the keyboard but not in the user interface. I never did find a reason for the second USB cable attached to the keyboard. The LED's have yet to burn out on me and have a SOLID color to it. The color is not washed out or anything of that sort. The animations are fluid and the pooling rate works as advertised.
Cons: The program for the keyboard has a clunky user interface. It is not anywhere near user friendly at first. It has a learning curve and built in instructions are not that helpful. With the help of the forums I was able to figure out how to use it.
Overall Review: Wine does not run the program well but using a daemon by a forum user I was able to make a program to control the LEDs.
Pros: 104 key keyboard, without any layout changes (no short backspace key, or enlarged enter key) with anti-ghosting and full key rollover.
3 level brightness toggle, windows lock key, and dedicated multimedia keys (mute, volume scroll wheel, stop, back, play/pause, and forward)
Hardware switch for polling/older motherboard compatibility.
Includes a detached comfortable soft touch rubberized wrist rest.
Built on a high quality black anodized brushed aluminum backplate with bottom rubberized flip out feat.
Dual USB 2.0 braided cable. (Note: Both need to be plugged into USB 2.0 ports for keyboard to work and light up, or just 1 plugged into a single USB 3.0 port)
The RGB LED's have 16.8 million possible color combinations, and the LED's themselves are mounted on the board, vs traditionally being placed on the keys themselves, resulting in a significant boost to the lifespan of the LEDs.
The Corsair Utility Engine is required to use the keyboards main features, and was thankfully simple to install, once installed the utility will have you download the latest firmware for your keyboard. Some have mentioned there were issues with Windows 8.1, but I myself had zero issues with the installation/update process.
The Corsair Utility Engine has dozens upon dozens of customization options, from lightning, to macros, different key bindings, screen overlays, application specific setups, and more! Setting you up to have every possible tool one could ever want, and delivering you an extremely powerful keyboard.
There is an ever expanding set of user created lighting profiles that can be downloaded and easily installed.
Cons: There is no included manual, the reason for this is due to the software being hard to master, and for this Corsair has you download the 142 page manual.
Currently the software is complicated! Or at least more complicated than it needs to be. The basics of changing the lightning are simple, but when you want to mess with various effects, for various keys, or setting up a profile, along with modes (basically mini profiles inside a profile) this is where things take a nose dive, with inconsistent menus, somethings mislabeled, or just general bugs. It is for this very reason as to why it took a good year to release the product from its original announcement.
When you port over another users lighting profile, it also copies every single thing they had set up on their keyboard, the only way to get rid of all this is to manually delete everything, or just start fresh with the software (and in the process deleting the lighting profile you wanted)
Corsair took their well known sails logo and replaced it with a a ugly t__ stamp, calling their new product lines "Corsair Gaming". This has created a massive uproar among their loyal customers to the point Corsair had to officially acknowledge their PR nightmare and has since started sending out some of their new products with the older logo, but has refused so far to service their customers with new replacement logos that are stuck with the disliked logo.
Overall Review: The hardware is top notch, along with the features, however the software isn't very user friendly unless you pure hours and hours into learning the software, and even then you'll still need the 142 page manual to walk you through many steps. But once you get things set up the way you'd like, or at least as close as the hours you're willing to put into it will allow. You can then finally enjoy this fantastic keyboard!
Pros: Absolutely the best light show ever and blows away any alienware keyboard.probably the best keyboard on the market today.But you need to educate yourself and i mean educate
.The 142 page manual will take days or weeks to comprehend.
Cons: cons are 2 usb ports that have to be plugged in ,no matter what anyone says they still do!
The 2 usb port thingy ,hey you better have a high end system to take up 2 usb3.0 ports ,we do ,and it is all that
.Spend the money on this Keyboard if you want to show off to your friends that you have the best keyboard money can buy! Now is the light show worth it? you be the judge.
Overall Review: who cares about hassles with reading a novel to operate a keyboard.This is Christmas time and gaming advantage
.I would think my presses on the keyboard would be an experience but ,unfortunetly not
.The keyboard is beautiful over substance,the beauty ,which is unequal. Rates it a 4 out of 5 ,It is a truley amazing keyboard
Pros: This sturdy keyboard has a brushed aluminum base that looks pretty slick. It comes with a detachable smooth rubber wrist rest. The lighting gets decently bright - not overpowering.
The best part about the keyboard is being able to take advantage of the RGB lighting with a significant amount of customization. You can make ripples, waves, and fade effects - as a whole, as a group, as MULTIPLE groups, and as individual keys. You can also make up your own key groupings.
You also have customization for profiles (including those tied to specific programs), as well as macro bindings and key bindings.
Cons: The software is not very organized, nor is it intuitive. However, you will be able to do much with the keyboard once you figure out where everything is controlled.
The software also gets confusing when you start sharing multiple effects across groups as there's no specific way to identify through the software (you have to figure out by watching the effects on the keys to isolate the group you assigned the effect to).
There's no USB pass-through, and the the led lighting could also be a little bit brighter on its brightest setting. It's possible these features may be missing due to power consumption limitations.
Overall Review: After a month of use, all lighting remains fully functional. I have no defects whatsoever.
Be sure to check out corsair's community forums for awesome profiles and tips for using the software.
It seems pretty challenging trying to figure out how to make the software better. Overall, this keyboard is definitely awesome. If you're looking for a keyboard just for cherry mx red switches, this might be a little pricey for you. If you're looking for something more than just red switches, this keyboard will be sure to impress.
Pros: Fully mechanical MX Cherry key switches, LIGHTED KEYS, Is the most hardcore, Low operating force, No audible click, High sensitivity. This is an all-around great keyboard for gaming and web surfing especially at night in the dark. I prefer to play or surf in the dark now. I can actually see the keys better in a pitch black room. Regular old keyboards you are history. (ALSO) This baby lights up in the dark not only around the keys but the symbols themselves light up. The downloadable manual is extensive and details everything. I’ve read the other reviews and all I can say is, this thing works perfect for me with no troubles at all, l have had it for over 2 weeks now. I’m running Win 8.1 pro running on a SSD Plextor drive and with an i7 with ASUS motherboard and corsair memory, that I built and I maintain myself. I’m the operator, serviceman, installer, builder, and designer of my machine. I give this keyboard of permanent home in my system configuration
Cons: none - you have to read a large manual - You may miss little game time --
Overall Review: This is a really well made and designed keyboard. My hat is off to Corsair, they could not have thought of anything else to include. Works great in game play and feels good typing in my processing program. If you’re a gamer This Keyboard in my opinion is 2 thumbs up, best game play I have ever had – Of course this is the first one of this kind (of keyboards) I have ever used. The price is high but you get what you pay for and this baby is loaded, from the sleek good looks, good feel to its programmable lighting schemes. Did not come with software or good instructions, but everything you need is on their website available for download. I found this uncomfortable at first but after my visit to their site. I agree with the idea, this way you install the latest versions of software etc. etc. etc. . . . I would not spend the money if you just want a computer keyboard. However if you want a keyboard to play games or to surf the net at night this baby is for you.