Inside the G710+
After removing about 17 screws from the back of the keyboard, I had to gently pry apart the two halves of the outer frame to expose the innards. There are three more screws that hold the steel plate to the frame, and surprisingly is a very solid in design. Be careful of the sound slider bar, it is connected via cabling when you first open this keyboard.
Getting a bit closer without the top half in the image, I would now like to discuss the use of the rubber membrane switches across the top of the board. I know Corsair took some heat for this, but again, I don't mind the secondary keys using a different switch.
I went ahead and disconnected the USB cables to flip the PCB over and have a look at the work done here. All of the switches and each individual LED are soldered cleanly and the sandwich of the steep plate and PCB is very solid and won't flex when in use.
Here we have the Atmel 8-bit USB controller with 32Kb of flash memory included to control the conversation between the board and the PC. You also have three Texas Instruments HC164 chips, which are 8-bit serial input to parallel output shift registers.
On the whole design, the only thing I can really even slightly bring up along the lines of quality control was a bit of solder flux residue left on the back of the PCB. The rest of the keyboard is covered down to the last detail, and since nobody will ever really see this, unless they have plans to modify this keyboard, they would never see this.
After I got the G710+ reassembled, I powered up the keyboard and played around with the lighting a bit. In this image the white LEDs are on, and the only real way to tell is that the lock lights are now illuminated. Now it's time to install the software and play around with it for a bit.
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