Corsair is renown among other things for making great gaming keyboards. The K70 RGB series quickly became a favorite when we first tried it out over two years ago. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to long-term test it on a day to day basis, and it’s nearly impossible to beat at $120.
The Rapidfire is all about speed thanks to the use of new MX Speed switches that reduce travel distance to 1.2mm for a lighting fast 4ms actuation speed. Coming from a keyboard with the full 2mm travel to actuation, the shorter Rapidfire switches takes a little bit of getting used to, but it can make a difference for gamers to whom split seconds really do matter.
The K70 RGB Rapidfire features a clean, straightforward design and looks quite imposing overall. This is complemented by multi-color LED per-key backlighting, which is configurable to create various lighting effects (or download pre-designed ones) through the Corsair Utility Engine, where you can also play with reprogramming keys, making macros, and linking games and applications with different keyboard profiles. Although the bulk of the keyboard has been constructed from plastic, the face of the keyboard features a thick brushed aluminum plate which provides the feel of a premium product that won’t flex.
Aside from the standard 104-key US layout there are physical buttons for light dimming, a Windows button lock, media buttons, and a volume scroll wheel which has been crafted from aluminum and feels great to the touch. There’s also a large, detachable, textured wrist rest which is really appreciated.
At 436mm long, 16mm deep and 38mm thick, Corsair delivers a board that fits in nicely with a work desk but is meant for gamers, with fast actuation times, customizable lightning that looks stunning, and the fantastic tactile feel of a mechanical keyboard.
A straightforward upgrade
The K95 RGB Platinum is a newer (and more expensive) version of the same keyboard, sporting multi-color per-key LED backlighting and a very similar design that adds six programmable macro keys placed on the left edge, ideal for quick access, and a 19-zone light bar called the LightEdge.
If you’ve used other Corsair gaming keyboards before, the K95 feels right at home making an expensive albeit very tempting proposition. For most we believe the K70 will serve you well but if you want to go the extra mile, surely this won’t hurt.
Compact and budget
Three noteworthy mentions include the compact Logitech G Pro, a tenkeyless offering dedicated to esports is sturdy, comfortable, and most owners seem to love it. With support for per-key RGB illumination and a detachable USB cable for better transportation, this quality Logitech keyboard can compete well in the gaming category.
Also from Logitech, the aforementioned G610 Orion is actually aimed at gamers though like the G Pro, uses an understated design, it’s available with brown and red Cherry MX switches.
Another compelling gaming mechanical offering is brought by the Hyper AlloyX FPS line which can be had with Cherry MX brown or red switches for just $75. While overall build won’t compare with keyboards that cost almost twice as much, you do get quality switches, a metal top plate, red backlighting, and a detachable cable.