Corsair presented the successor to the K70 at Computex in Taipei in June. The new version of this gaming keyboard has the additional designation “MK.2” and was revised in some points. The new keyboard was presented together with the new driver software “iCUE”.
In our test we will take a close look at the RGB-light, reworked gaming keyboard. Since the previous version was already very high quality and powerful, we go with correspondingly high expectations to the practical test.
Design and Workmanship
In comparison with the predecessor it is noticeable that hardly any optical changes were made. The “K70 RGB MK.2” presents itself in the classic Corsair gaming style and looks quite robust. It is equipped, among other things, with a removable palm rest, which has a pleasant soft-touch surface. The choice of material was very positive in the test. The surface coating not only provides a good grip when playing, but also prevents unpleasant sweating. Of course, the palm rest also fulfils its superficial purpose – it relieves the strain when using the keyboard.
The housing itself is made of plastic and is covered with a continuous aluminium plate. With a total weight of 1.2 kilograms, the keyboard is not particularly light. However, it proves to be extremely stable and robust in the test, which is certainly an advantage.
The keys float above the aluminium plate. Many gaming keyboards rely on these free keys that are not recessed in the case, so this visual aspect shouldn’t surprise gaming enthusiasts too much. The buttons can be illuminated individually, practically every colour is adjustable. The Corsair logo and the volume control, which are slightly raised, are also conspicuous. The logo is also illuminated.
As a special extra, the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 also offers a USB pass-through port. So you have an additional USB port directly on the keyboard. In addition, there are various cable ducts on the underside of the gaming keyboard as an innovation.
As far as workmanship is concerned, we note that, as expected, it is impeccable. As usual, Corsair uses high-quality materials and processes them very well. The gaming keyboard looks – like its predecessor – very high quality.
Buttons and Switches
As already mentioned, the keys are not recessed in the case. As with the previous version, they are extremely reliable Cherry MX switches. However, Corsair now offers users of the MK.2 version a much wider choice: In addition to the popular Red switches, the “Blue”, “Brown”, “Silent” and “Speed” versions are now also available. All switches are of course available in the illuminated RGB version. The switches differ in their characteristics, so certain buttons are more suitable for certain games and situations. Experienced gamers, in particular, will benefit from the new range of switches.
Furthermore, we can positively emphasize that Corsair adds additional keycaps with special curvature and roughened surface to the keyboard. These key caps are especially advantageous for shooters, as they provide much more grip when playing.
Corsair also provides the keyboard with a full-key rollover and anti-ghosting. Even if key combinations are constantly used, there is no need to worry about swallowing individual entries, which is of course a big advantage in the game.
On the upper left side of the keyboard there are switches that control the lighting and brightness. In addition, there is a Windows key lock – if this is activated, an accidental leaving of the game is excluded. Buttons for volume and multimedia control are located on the right side. Unfortunately, these keys are relatively difficult to reach and are more difficult to release than the other keys. However, this is criticism at a very high level. Some users will certainly rate this as positive, as the keys will not be pressed accidentally. The volume wheel, on the other hand, is smoother than its predecessor.
All in all, it can be said that Corsair has attached great importance to the improvement of the keys and switches. Users of the K70 RGB MK.2 get a wide range of choices and can enjoy an absolutely reliable and responsive gaming keyboard.
As mentioned at the beginning, Corsair presented a new software together with the new gaming keyboard. This is the successor of the CUE, which can hardly be distinguished optically from it. The software is still very clearly designed and easy to use. However, the technical possibilities have increased considerably. Now you can configure more than one device. With the new software it is possible to create and control an entire lighting system with all Corsair RGB devices. Especially impressive effects are created when you switch several lighting effects to the keyboard at the same time.
Macros and other functions can also be easily assigned to any keys and individually programmed. The range of functions is almost immeasurable here.
The keyboard is connected via USB cable. It has an internal memory in which several profiles can be stored. This allows you to define default settings and the software does not have to be used afterwards.
Conclusion on the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Review
Corsair has given an already good keyboard an amazing update. The most important features and advantages of the “K70 RGB” have been adopted. In addition, there are some new options that further enhance the keyboard experience. The keyboard now has some cable channels on the bottom and an 8 MB internal memory that can be used for multiple profiles. In addition, the media keys have been slightly revised, the logo is now RGB illuminated and the other additional keys have been moved. Overall, we like the update of the good, only the slightly more common volume wheel does not like so well.
The Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 is an outstanding gaming keyboard, which again has a very good workmanship and great features. Therefore we can only recommend them despite the quite high price.