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Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Apr 30, 2016 7:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Corsair





The pair of feet at the back edge of the board flip out to the sides. This is very beneficial, as when you go to adjust the keyboard, unlike most keyboards, these feet will not easily collapse. They are also padded with rubber at the bottom of them, keeping a grip on the desktop.





The front feet flip out in typical fashion and are not rubberized on the end. This allows users to lift the entire keyboard the same amount. With the wrist rest in play this makes it possible to get your hand closer to the keys, and without the wrist rest in play, it just felt odd to us to use it like that.




Removing a few of the caps, we found that this keyboard is based on Cherry MX Speed switches as Corsair calls them. These are made with a clear top to expose all the LED lighting possible, offer gray stems in the middle, and unlike most Cherry MX or other switches, these require only 1.2mm of actuation distance to engage.




The standard key caps are at the top, and our arrow keycaps, just like the rest are molded white and then painted to make them black to match the rest of the keyboard. As for the optional caps, they are molded in black plastic, and the top rubber portion has the opaque window behind the legends to allow the RGB LEDs to pass through them.




Since we were dealing with the key caps, we went ahead and put the FPS set into play. Here the caps are angled to help keep your fingers positioned on the WASD keys, and offer a similar texture to the space bar, just that these are gray on top rather than black.




The MOBA set is very similar in what the key caps offer as far as color and texture. However, the angles on top are different. This time, the Q and R are angled towards the middle, and the W and E are relatively flat. The D and F are also angled at each other and are very easy to find blindly due to this layout.




We wanted to be sure that we also showed off the wrist rest, so here you are. This time, the dimples in the soft touch top are plainly visible, offering a bit of a grip for when battles get heated. Also with it being black, we find it goes well with the murdered-out K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE aesthetic.




When you first put power to the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, this is what you are given. The entire layout is glowing with bright red LEDs at the moment, except for the arrow keys and the lock indicator lights at the top. Keep in mind this is just the beginning, Corsair, via software, allows anything to be done with the LED lighting scheme.

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