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Pros: It appears the K70 LUX is an updated version of the K70 keyboard. The "lux" at first made me think it was a premium version, but that's a red herring. The list price of the Lux is ten dollars less than the original k70...
The best I can tell, the lux has the newer key cap font -- bolder more modern, similar to the strafe -- and an updated logo at the top of the keyboard.
This keyboard rocks. The cherry red keys work flawlessly, and the aluminum top plate and braided usb connector cable gives a feeling and look of quality.
At first, i didn't think i would like the wrist rest, but after using it a bit, I think its great, so it will stay installed. Note, the connection to the keyboard is flimsy and not well engineered. Mine actually broke right off the bat. Luckily, a piece of duct tape is a quick fix and will probably last the life of the keyboard.
There are media keys above the number pad, and a very nice volume scroller. The num,cap,screen lock lights are small white LED's, and there is a windows key lock (which can be programmed to lock other things as well).
This is a modern, well-built mechanical keyboard that looks great and could easily be used in a corporate environment (if not for the characteristic sound of the cherry red keys).
Other pros include adjustable polling rate (1, 2, 4, 8 ms) and a BIOS compatibilty setting. If you're not gaming, slowing the polling rate seems to improve the accuracy of my typing. The BIOS compatibilty setting is needed when booting your computer into BIOS, since the keyboard may not be recognized otherwise. The scroll lock light flashes to remind you that you have engaged the BIOS switch, so you remember to reset it. The gamer features (key rollover, etc.) are also helpful for the touch typist. Be warned, if you are used to typing on a cheap laptop keyboard, it may take some time to acclimate to this. It just takes a little time and practice.
Cons: The cherry red keys have no tactile feedback - just a very smooth stroke until the key bottoms out. This is the most popular key for gamers due to the quick action. The light action has made my initial typing attempts a bit rough, lots of misspellings. After a few days, I'm getting used to it, and am comfortable that it will be just fine.
The CUE software continues to be un-intuitive but incredibly powerful. You can tweak the keyboard lots of ways, but you'll have to invest in learning how to use the software - macro options are pretty impressive, but i spend several hours tweaking and refining them as I began to understand how to use the software better.
The version I chose has red led's only, but are individually controllable for a number of built in effects. Once over the initial cool factor, i settled on just a uniform back-light - about 30% for all keys. Once saved to the keyboard, the hardware lighting button cycles the intensity 0-10-20-30% That gives a nice subtle backlight allowing the keys to be read in a darkened room.
Because of the placement of the under-key lighting, keys with multiple markings (like the 1! key or 2@) are "flipped" see the picture above. This means, for example the 1 is above the !, which is flipped from a standard keyboard. However, the ! is still the shift character, so if you, like me, occasionally look at the keyboard to find special characters, you might have a touch of confusion.
So why do they flip them? Because they wanted the lit portion of the key to be the normal character, and the LED's are towards the north of each key. I'm probably not explaining it well, so look closely at the picture and you'll get the idea.
Overall Review: OK, this is odd. Not only does the keyboard have the typical flip out feet to angle up the keyboard by lifting the top, it has feet at the bottom part of the keyboard to raise up that, too. Don't know what that's for. Maybe you do.
A good mechanical keyboard is a fun to use. Somewhere between the heyday of teletypes and iPhones, a bunch of great keyboards were made, its nice to see a re-emergence, even if driven by gamers. This isn't the only kind of great keyboard out there -- some of the early think pads had the best notebook keyboards I've ever used, so for sure there are other approaches. This keyboard may just last through multiple desktop upgrades. Who knows, it 10 years, you might be able to get more than you paid for it by selling on online.
Red vs RGB. I prefer the single color LED for a couple reasons. For one, the key switches themselves are black (rather than clear) which looks better when you see the keyboard from the side. Second, all I really want the lighting for is to be able to see the keys in a darkened room. If you're like me, RGB and animation is fun for 10 minutes and then I loose interest. YMMV.
Pros: Corsair’s latest keyboard performs superbly for its intended purpose: gaming. Typing, not so much. The Cherry MX Speed keys are similar to the Cherry MX Red variants, but have shorter travel and require even less force to activate. This makes the keys amazingly responsive to the fastest twitch keypresses. Corsair advertises anti-ghosting to ensure all keypresses register. No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t get ahead of the keyboard. Impressive.
Corsair’s RGB lighting is both useful and entertaining. Light levels are easily controlled and have enough range that the keyboard is equally functional in a brightly lit environment or a dark room. I quickly became a fan of the ability to customize the colors of individual keys on a per-game or per-app basis. Highlighting particular keys proved more useful than I expected, particularly for programs or games I do not use frequently enough to have everything memorized.
For entertainment and bling, you can get as creative as you with or have time for in creating lighting effects.
Overall construction is solid with the frame never flexing like lesser keyboards. Height adjustment works and is solid as well. No more collapsing keyboards at inappropriate times. The wrist rest is well thought out and comfortable. It took a while for my fingers to become accustomed to the contoured keycaps but I’m now a convert.
Cons: As I mentioned above, this is not a typist-friendly keyboard. The same hair-trigger responsiveness and lack of tactile feedback that work so well for games make a mess out of touch typing. Even after several weeks of continual use, my typing speed was down by almost a third and error rate far higher than on a laptop chicklet keyboard to say nothing of a Cherry Black or Blue mechanical keyboard. The key layout is subtly smaller than other full-size keyboards. This makes shifting keys faster when gaming but takes getting used to for typing.
Corsair’s CUE software is not up to the hardware. It’s reminiscent of an in-class programming project; clunky, inefficient, and a resource hog. It works, but not in a user-friendly manner.
Overall Review: Complaints about software and general typing aside, Corsair made a fantastic gaming keyboard. Every feature is optimized for gaming. There’s little in the way of compromise for day-to-day use. Specialized, yes, but the Corsair Gaming K70 is very good indeed at what it does.
If your budget allows, you won't find a better gaming keyboard on the market.
Pros: The big thing about any keyboard is the key action, so let me cut to the chase and say that the key action on this keyboard is FANTASTIC! Super silky key travel, combined with low key force and low key travel mean that once you recalibrate from other keyboards (i.e. stop bottoming out each stroke), you can really fly while using this keyboard! You only have to go about 1/3rd of the way down before the keys register, so its speed is very VERY quick. It's so fast that a few times playing FPS games during downtime I found myself accidentally strafing (guess my fingers are heavy) the first few days I was using this.
The windows key lockout is a Godsend. Sure other keyboards have this, but it's worth noting that it's there for a serious gaming keyboard. While it does lock out both windows keys, unfortunately it doesn't lock out the right context menu key.
Red backlight color is good for low ambient light gaming. Three levels (plus off), so you can likely find an intensity that you like.
Keyboard is very easy to clean. There is no bezel around the keys, so crumbs and other detritus can either be shaken out or blown out with compressed air easily without removing the keycaps. The keycaps are easy to remove and replace, if somehow an animal should manage to wedge itself underneath.
Love love love the volume wheel instead of discrete buttons! Now when a window pops up a video that's blaring, it's easy to either hit mute (a button) or wheel the master volume back quickly! Media keys are also present, if that's a major feature for you. They're kind of akward, though; they are low profile rubber type, and situated immediately above the numeric keypad. They aren't terrible on their own, but in comparison with the excellent feel of the regular keys they don't feel great.
Cons: Shifted and unshifted printing is reversed from a normal keyboard. This is to accommodate the backlighting, as the red LEDs are mounted above each key. But it gets really confusing for people who don't have keyboards memorized, because it looks like you have to hit shift-1 to get a 1, when instead that will generate an exclamation point. The period and comma keys look absolutely bizarre swapped vertically.
The spacebar is textured. WHY? That's the *only* key that's textured on the entire keyboard. Has a kind of gator skin type texture to it, and feels out of place with the rest of the keyboard. More to the point, if you're doing a lot of actual typing where your thumbs are slightly moving back and forth on it while you're typing, it starts to irritate your thumbs after a few minutes. Also, the backlit marking on the space bar is essentially five underscores; a better marking would be nothing at all. Had a friend try and hit shift-space to generate an underscore!
Extra USB port requires a second USB connection to use. Guys, it's 2016 -- WHY IS THIS NECESSARY? There's no ps/2 adapter (nor did I try any) so I assume this keyboard is usb-only. What does a usb-2 hub chip cost these days, $0.10? Wouldn't that be a lot cheaper than running two USB cables all the way back to the PC?
Num lock, caps lock, and scroll lock LEDs are in no-man's land, and the printing is very small. In an unlit room it's impossible to tell which is on and which is off. Also the LEDs are white instead of red, which seems a very strange choice given the entire rest of the illumination on the keyboard is red.
Overall Review: Overall I love this keyboard! I hadn't planned on changing my keyboard (a cherry MX clicky style) but find that I'm seriously giving consideration to just keeping this keyboard as my main keyboard. It's just so darn fast to type on! Such a nice and silky feel when typing on this that I'll likely mothball my old keyboard, despite loving that one as well. Maybe I'll just put tape over the stupid spacebar.
Pros: + Vibrant RGB lighting
+ Cherry MX Keys
+ Highly customizable via the Corsair Utility Engine software
+ Great build quality
+ Braided USB cable
+ USB pass-through
+ Removable keycaps
+ Comes with optional textured keycaps for common gaming keys
The K70 LUX is a great addition to Corsair's mechanical lineup of keyboards. This keyboard not only looks great, but functions great as well. While the Corsair Utility Engine software can be complicated, it does give the user a great deal of control over the keyboards amazing lighting and functions.
Cons: As mentioned above, the Corsair Utility Engine software can be complicated, especially for the novice user. However, it is fully functional, and there is a great deal of help available online. Still, there is a great deal of room left for improvement to make the software "easier" and more intuitive.
Overall Review: Overall, this is just a fantastic keyboard. I'm not sure what else to say about it, other than it works, and deserves the high marks it receives.
Pros: -Well made
-Cherry MX Speed keys
-Some interchangeable keys (with texture)
As with any Corsair product that I can think of, this one is very well made. I have used Cherry MX Reds for a couple years now and the switch to MX Speed is actually pretty nice – the difference isn’t huge between the 2, but I do prefer the MX Speed switches.
The media keys are the best I have used on any keyboard. They are positioned well and a great size – not so small that you can’t find them and not so big that they are in the way. The media keys are backlit as well. The volume wheel is great: it rolls easily but you can still feel it as it rolls so you know how much the volume is changing by feel without having to see it.
The interchangeable keys are a nice touch. They are a different color and a different texture, so weather you are a visual person or one who has to feel the difference, you will notice the different keys. They are grey and textured. The keys that can be swapped out are W A S D Q E R F.
It is always nice to have a USB pass-through on a keyboard as it just makes access to the USB port that much closer/easier. I do like all the backlight options. You can change the brightness, turn off the backlight, or even do backlight effects (such as pulsing lights) through the software.
While I don’t personally look at my keyboard much, it is nice to have the larger font on my keyboard. I think it looks nicer overall and it is actually helpful for teaching my young children the layout of a keyboard and how to type.
There are several other nice features as well. The wrist rest is one of the only ones that I actually use, it is comfortable to me and does not get in the way (and completely optional if you prefer not to use it). The design of the keyboard makes it exceptionally easy to clean – compressed air gets everything out as the keys are recessed into the frame like most other keyboards. The BIOS switch to make sure it will be compatible with older BIOS.
Cons: -Spacebar texture?
Honestly, it is hard to find a con with this keyboard. I personally like the texture of the spacebar. However, I can see some people wishing it were smooth like the rest of the keys or wanting at least the option to replace it with a regular smooth spacebar.
Some people may have trouble using this keyboard for typing. The keys are very sensitive. I personally have used it for typing a paper as well as gaming and found it great for both. When a friend used my computer (and this keyboard) he said that it was difficult to type. If you are not used to sensitive keys then this would likely be difficult to type on.
Overall Review: -Impressed
As the large “Pros” section may indicate: I am very impressed with this keyboard.
I have used Corsair keyboards for a while now. This one is an improvement over my previous model, my biggest complaint about that one was a lack of a USB pass-through which this keyboard has addressed. The larger font on the keycaps is a great change. They also made the logo on the keyboard a little smaller which makes it look nicer overall. Cherry MX Speed switches have impressed me with their minor changes from MX Reds.
The one future improvement I can think of would be to include a interchangeable spacebar for people who may not like the textured feel.
My cat thinks the box belongs to him. It is also even easier for him to hit a key on the keyboard when he thinks I am paying too much attention to the computer instead of to him. He approves.
Pros: + Quick and light/smooth key action
+ Aluminum body
+ Quiet key strokes for a mechanical keyboard
+ Programmable lighting
+ Volume rocker and well placed media keys
+ Solid 2 year warranty
+ USB passthrough
Cons: - A little on the expensive side
- Keys are sensitive which is great for gaming, less so for typing
Overall Review: Corsair has long been one of my favorite PC component manufacturers. Yet for all the Cases, memory, water cooling, power supplies and headsets I have purchased through the years from Corsair, I have never had a chance to test out one of their mechanical keyboards. So I was very excited to try out the K70 rapidfire.
My current keyboard is the excellent, Azio MGK1 which is mechanical as well, but uses blue switches. Size wise, the K70 rapidfire could just about be a twin of the Azio. Dimensions are very close and the textured wrist support is also similar in size and feel. The volume rocker and mute buttons are also in about the same spot. I do prefer the light click of engagement of the Azio volume dial, but the K70 does have a nice smooth movement and nice feel. One thing I noticed right away was how much faster the keys are on the K70. They require less movement to engage and have a lighter action which translates to being noticeably more sensitive. This increased sensitivity is fantastic for games when quick movements are necessary. However that added sensitivity when typing occasionally lead to some accidental key presses. However, if you primarily game, the trade off is well worth it. Another positive is the quiet actuation of the mechanical keys on the K70, it is much quieter than the mechanical switches on the Azio. I kind of personally have grown to love the clickity-clack of the mechanical key presses and the K70 give you a satisfying click without making a racket.
If you love multi color backlighting on your keyboard, the K70 Rapidfire has got you covered. You can perform a crazy amount of customization's. Using the easy to use CUE software, you can set solid colors, rainbow waves or light up individual keys. The options are vast.
Overall I must say I love this keyboard for it's designed purpose, which is gaming. However, if you type a ton (I don't), I might recommend giving the the non rapidfire version a test as well. The price is a little steep at $120 currently, but you do get a fantastic keyboard that is well built and has a solid 2 year warranty. That all said, the Corsair K70 Rapidfire is my favorite keyboard to date and highly recommended!
Pros: Out of the box, I was really impressed with the build quality of the keyboard. They obviously put a lot of work into the design and structure of it, and take the “mechnical keyboard” aspect of it seriously. I would be very surprised if I ever found any keys sticking or not registering, and the tactile response is great. I haven’t really tried it, but I’m sure if I just got pwned and went into a full-throttle ragefest, this keyboard would survive but the wall I threw it against wouldn’t. Though those little flip-out risers on the bottom are still plastic, and those are the things I find break the most on my keyboards (speaking of which, there’s 4 - two in back for angling, two in the front for raising the whole thing).
If you’re really, really getting into your game, slipping due to sweat doesn’t seem to be much of an issue, even on the wrist rest. In fact, it ships with a few different keys that you can swap out for even better grip (F, D, E, R, Q, W, S, D, W, A - no idea why W and D are included twice). There are the standard tactile notches on F and J for positioning your hands for typing (did you even know those were there?), but they are not there on the replacement extra-grip keys. I would have preferred the extra D grip-key to be a J just for that reason, but oh well.
They layout is very simple and to the point - exactly what I like to see in a keyboard. There’s minimal media buttons, and none of those odd shortcuts for email or calculator that I never used (though that’s easy enough to program in the software - more on that later). Even the volume wheel has a nice feel to it. The vast majority of the keys can be physically swapped with ease, meaning you can make it a DVORAK (or any other) layout within minutes if you wanted.
Once I got it plugged in and working (see one of the con notes), I started paying even closer attention as I didn’t think the software would be up to my standards. But, I was actually pleasantly surprised! Downright everything I can think of for keyboard software or lighting control, they thought of too and implemented! Even the macro recording and playback seems to be on point. Everything can be remapped and configured, and you can jump to other keyboard profiles on the fly - switching between gaming and typing is no problem! As for the lights, after playing around in the simple basic mode, you can figure out ways to fine-tune it to do exactly what you want in the advanced mode. In fact, I started timing the lights on my keys to the cooldown timers in WoW - and I /almost/ faulted the keyboard for not doing decimals in the timer (whole seconds only)! But then I downloaded the beta version of the software, and lo-and-behold, they thought of that too! It’ll take a good hour or more to set up all the lights to every cooldown, or even have the entire keyboard flash when I’m late on a buff, but it seems 100% do-able. Maybe you can save time by downloading and importing other profiles - a nice extra!
So, the lights and software aren’t just the pretty gimmicks I was expecting - they can actually have a fair amount of function to them too! I am impressed!
Next to the polling frequency switches on the back (a bit of an overkill feature if you ask me), there’s a handy useful USB port. I always liked having a place to plug in my headphones that’s more out of the way, and that seems to be in a great spot. It’s direct passthrough, not a USB hub, so you’ll find two USB connectors on the end of the cord (which, BTW, is high quality and mesh-protected, as well as lengthy 79 inches). Even though the keyboard says it’s supposed to be connected to a USB 3 port, I seem to be getting by just fine with USB 2, even on the 1ms pool rate.
Brightness setting is nice for those darker gaming sessions too! Bravo for thinking of including that.
Cons: -Noisey! I can certainly hear it through my circumaural headphones (and my wife across the house can too). But, that’s what you get with a mechanical keyboard, so I’m not going to knock it for that. If you don’t want to keep the rest of the family awake during your late-hour raids, don’t get a mechanical keyboard. (***As another reviewer pointed out, you can get some o-rings to fit under the key stems to soften the noise. Thanks, elliot l.***)
-Software takes a little while to get an understanding of, but if you’re investing this much into a keyboard you’ll have no problem playing with the features for the rest of the day! There’s a few tutorials out there to help too.
-Only beta version has decimals on timer functions. But, betas tend to become full releases, and they definitely fixed it, so really this is kinda a pro given the fact that they’re still improving the software.
-Did not work on Windows at all until I downloaded drivers (even in BIOS mode - which did work in BIOS). Probably my own fault somewhere, so I’m not going to knock it (just letting you know you may want to download drivers beforehand). It lit up, but no keys were responsive.
-Not dishwasher safe (they keys themselves probably are, but I wouldn’t try disassembling the base or removing the faceplate - keep the cheetos away, or stock up on Q-tips!). Obviously, as with any keyboard, don’t just throw the whole thing in there!
Overall Review: It’s not ergonomic style. I had to make some changes in my earlier days because the standard style keyboards and mice were giving me wrist trouble. Seems to only affect some people, but I for one had to switch to the curved keyboard and a stylus tablet mouse. Due to this, and the noise, I can’t use this keyboard as my primary keyboard. Besides, I spend more time programming and typing than I do gaming, so it doesn’t make sense for me to use a gaming keyboard that often. But, when I do, it’s just resting in the slide-out keyboard tray below my primary keyboard, ready for action (yeah, I got 2 keyboards plugged into 1 PC now).
Pros: This keyboard is absolutely gorgeous- I love the brushed aluminum backplate and the raised keys means the red LED backlighting dissipates nicely around the entire keyboard. The cable is also braided and I like that the font is different from what you see on most keyboards these days. A set of textured keycaps is included covering typical FPS/MOBA keys but personally I don't like having just those keys be different as it's a little strange for normal use, but if you mainly use this keyboard for gaming I could see it being cool.
You also get the typical media buttons as well as IMO the niftiest volume controller- a little scroll wheel instead of volume up and down buttons that you usually see. Also very useful is the built in USB passthrough with 2 ports at the top of the keyboard. No dedicated macro keys as you see on some of the other Corsair keyboards but I actually prefer it this way- it does make the board look cleaner. You also can use the CUE software to map macros out and program the LED lighting effects so you're not really losing functionality.
Overall a very solid and pretty board.
Cons: Personally, I'm not a fan of the textured spacebar. I would've liked it if they included a smooth spacebar keycap as well as it would look cleaner.
Note that the USB hub/passthrough requires a second USB plug on your motherboard- there isn't a built in hub that connects both the keyboard and the ports. Not really a big deal for most people but something to be aware of.
Finally, note that certain keys with two characters on top of each other (for example, the number one key that has 1 and exclamation point) have the two switched. This way, the LED, which is located towards the top of the switch, illuminates the default key character. This is reversed from a normal keyboard where the default key character is on the bottom. Again, not a huge deal for most people but sometimes I do look down at my keyboard for symbols I rarely use and I do mix it up a bit.
Overall Review: I want to just add a note for all those who haven't owned a mechanical keyboard before- not all of them are clicky! The red switches as used in this board are actually smooth feeling and you will not feel a click or any tactile feedback from them. They are meant to be that way and feel smooth when pressing them all the way down. This is good for gaming but as others have noted, may take some getting used to for everyday typing. I highly highly recommend you hit up a local electronics store and try the different switch types out as the feeling can vary greatly and you don't want to order a switch type that you don't like.