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Corsair K70 RGB Pro keyboard review

(Pocket-lint) – The K70 RGB Pro is one other variant of Corsair’s K70 line-up of mechanical gaming keyboards with some added aptitude that features an 8,000Hz polling charge – i.e. it takes 8000 milliseconds for a command to go from ‘board to PC, so it is tremendous quick – together with an ordinary backside row structure, devoted media keys, as much as 20 layers of RGB lighting, and extra. So how does it maintain up for gaming?

Our fast take

The K70 RGB Pro is a good addition to Corsair’s the line-up, with all of the traditional issues we have come to know and love from this keyboard sequence, plus some new tech developments too that make it tremendous responsive.

We want there was a little bit of manufacturing facility lube on the stabilisers and possibly some dampening foam to eradicate that ‘ping’ from bigger keys. But that is our solely (small) criticism about what’s in any other case an excellent keyboard for the cash. 

So for those who’re on the lookout for a full-size gaming keyboard that is quick, fancy wanting, and has stacks of reprogrammability, Corsair supplies an excellent choice right here.

For

  • Reprogrammable keys with macros and extra in iCue
  • Surprisingly snug wrist relaxation and typing expertise
  • Interesting RGB lighting results – in as much as 20 layers
Against

  • PBT keycaps lead to uninteresting RGB in some locations
  • Stabilisers have a horrible ‘ping’ sound

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Premium efficiency 

  • Full key rollover (NKRO) with 100% anti-ghosting
  • USB polling charge as much as 8,000Hz with AXON, 4,000Hz key scanning
  • Choice of Cherry MX Speed RGB, MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue and MX Silent switches

The Corsair K70 RGB Pro is a tournament-ready keyboard that is designed to ship the products when it comes to efficiency.

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With that in thoughts, it is constructed to be quick. As we stated up prime: its 8,000Hz hyper-polling means your key presses are registered swiftly and precisely. For context: this tech means it will register your inputs eight instances sooner than most different keyboards. So for those who’re severe about your fast-paced gaming and must know you possibly can depend on your keyboard then that is one choice to go for. Low latency and excessive accuracy is the secret right here. 

You even have a selection of switches when buying, because the K70 RGB Pro is obtainable with the whole lot from Cherry MX Speed RGB to MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue and MX Silent switches. Most avid gamers will favour MX Red or velocity switches for gaming, nevertheless it’s definitely good to have a choice of switches obtainable. 

What’s it wish to sport with?

As you possibly can think about the K70 RGB Pro is definitely correct and responsive for gaming on. The tried and trusted Cherry MX keys do job and the acute polling charge means there is definitely no points monitoring your button presses. 

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We used the MX Red RGB switches throughout our testing and located them nice sufficient for each typing and gaming. The solely discernible draw back right here is the sound of the stabilisers. We discovered each the spacebar and enter key have a noticeable ‘ping’ when pressed, particularly for those who’re mashing buttons shortly within the warmth of a frantic gaming session. 

This is a reasonably frequent downside with gaming keyboards and never restricted to the K70 RGB Pro. However, as soon as we observed it, we could not cease listening to it. It does not hurt the typing expertise although. Especially for those who’re absolutely immersed in-game audio or listening to music when you work. 

In the software program you possibly can open up a world of different potentialities. You can reprogramme keys fairly simply and it is doable to do easy issues like disable sure keys (resembling caps lock, for instance) or programme macros. You may setup a “modifier” whereas doing this, which suggests that you could assign a secondary motion to most keys that may then do one thing completely different. 

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Setting Fn as a modifier, for instance, we may then set one other key to a completely completely different key mapping, macro or different. This opens up loads of different potentialities and permits for devoted macro keys, with out extra {hardware} keys on the keyboard. Clever stuff. 

Profiles galore

  • Multiple profiles
  • 8MB on-board reminiscence
  • Reprogrammable keys with macros and extra in iCue software program
  • Tournament button to disable all of it

The Corsair K70 RGB Pro has 8MB of onboard reminiscence, which suggests you possibly can craft as many as 50 completely different profiles with completely different settings within the iCue software program. This consists of reprogramming keys and recording and assigning macros too. 

If issues get severe, then no want to stress as there is a button behind the keyboard close to the USB port. If you flip this on, it allows match mode, which disables the RGB lighting and all macros, in an effort to deal with severe play with default settings. You additionally need not fear about iCue operating, so you possibly can shut that for those who’re anxious about it negatively impacting system efficiency. 

All of those prime options are packed right into a body that features that traditional brushed aluminium design, high quality double shot PBT keycaps, devoted media keys and extra. There’s even a small show on the prime which lights as much as present you when issues like scroll lock and caps lock are activated. It additionally comes with a rubberised magnetic wrist relaxation, that is straightforward on the wrists and way more snug than it has any proper to be. 

The closing cherry on the cake when it comes to the aesthetic is the K70 RGB Pro additionally has an ordinary backside row structure, so you should use your personal customized keycaps to personalise the ultimate end. This is good as the usual PBT keycaps do not let fairly as a lot RGB gentle by means of as we would like in some areas, however for essentially the most half, seems to be the enterprise. 

Lovely layers of lighting

  • Per-key RGB illumination
  • Up to twenty layers of RGB lighting doable

Small points apart, lighting is one other place the place the Corsair K70 RGB Pro shines. It seems to be nice because it has very good reflections from the aluminium backplate and a pleasant glow from the keycaps. 

Like different Corsair keyboards, the K70 RGB Pro has per-key RGB illumination that is programmable inside iCue. But it is also doable to create a number of layers of lighting. Stacking colors and results on prime of one another, with as many as 20 layers complete. 

So, for instance, you could possibly create a base layer of a static single color, then layer reactive results on that. Meaning it is a calm color when not in use, however immediately awash with color while you begin typing. Alternatively, you could possibly set colors for the necessary WASD keys and different results for others. 

Of course, you can even set completely different colors in several profiles, so you may see particular results and colors for various modes. Ideal for those who’re taking part in completely different video games and must have particular person settings for every but additionally see color change so what mode you are in. 

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These lighting choices actually make the K70 RGB Pro stand out and permit for an excellent degree of customisation. 

To recap

If you are on the lookout for a full-size gaming keyboard that is quick, fancy wanting, and has stacks of reprogrammability, Corsair supplies an excellent choice within the K70 RGB Pro. We simply there was much less of a ‘ping’ sound bigger keys, however that is about our solely actual criticism.

Writing by Adrian Willings. Editing by Mike Lowe.