Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Not that long ago, Corsair decided to give some of their older keyboards a second lease on life, which is what has us here today. With these products, they keep a similar size, overall design, and shape, yet have been gone over again to improve upon things that may not have worked so well, or by adding features that were not yet available at the time they originally appeared.
Many times when something like this happens, some companies will put lipstick on the pig and call it a new product, but with what we see in the "MK.2" products being released, you are looking at something new, even though it shares names with much older products from their lineup.
When it comes to looking for a new keyboard, many have different expectations. However, the bottom line comes down to three or four things. First is the layout, whether you want a full assortment of keys, or if you prefer no number pad, or even possibly fewer keys than that. The second usually comes down to the type of switch, and the majority of keyboards have moved to mechanical switches of some flavor over the soft rubber dome options.
Extra buttons are usually good as well, whether it be for multimedia use, lighting patterns, or being able to lock the keyboard from use, all of them have their place. On top of the form and features, you also need an impressive software suite to deliver the utmost in control and customizability. If the majority of these things are checking boxes with your desires in a new keyboard, we have a feeling that the latest keyboards from Corsair will be right up your alley.
While we missed out on the original version of this keyboard many moons ago, we did see one of the later options with the K70 Rapidfire. At that time, which is nearly three years ago, we found the keyboard to be well worth the effort, and we highly recommended it with an editor's choice award. Times have changed, however, and expectations of what we see on a regular basis are much higher now, so Corsair has quite the task ahead to impress us at the same level now. As we look at the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 mechanical gaming keyboard, we will see many changes afoot, and we feel there is plenty to keep even the most discerning user happy.
Unlike with some other Corsair products, the specifications chart offered on site is thorough, and describes the majority of things most buyers want to know. The left column starts with stuff like the two-year warranty, its 1.25kg of weight, and the fact that it is RGB backlit. We then find things like its 1000Hz polling rate, use of Cherry MX blue switches, although there are red, brown, speed, and silent options too. There is a USB pass-through port; there are 104 keys, the keyboard is wired, has adjustable feet, and comes with extra MOBA and FPS keycaps.
We then see things like multimedia key presence, the fact that the type and product family is of the K70 variety, and that there are NKRO and Anti-ghosting support. The cable that connects the keyboard to the PC is USB 2.0, and comes with a braided cover on it; there is the onboard memory to house not only the colors you want but also gives it the ability to control three profiles.
There is also a Windows Lock key to remove keyboard functionality, there is a wrist rest for added comfort, and all of the controllable features utilize the newer iCUE unifying software. There is one other thing that cannot be seen in the chart, which we feel needs addressed. If you would like, there is an SE version with a gray frame and white keycaps, and you also have the option for an all-black model with low-profile switches and keycaps to choose from as well, all under the K70 RGB MK.2 name.
Pricing can be confusing dependent on the model and switch type you want to own. If you want the version we are showing off today, the standard K70 RGB MK.2 with Cherry MX Blue Switches, you can opt to go through Corsair at $159.99, there is no sign of this model on Newegg yet, but Amazon does have it for $169.99. For those looking for another switch type, pricing gets cheaper for most of those offerings, even down to the range of $139.99.
The low-profile model can be had at a similar price to the keyboard we have for you now, but if you want the SE, you will need to fork out another five to ten dollars depending on your preferred location to shop. Considering what we have seen over the many years of looking at keyboards and the price that has accompanied them, we feel that where many seemed expensive a couple of years ago, pricing has stayed close to what it was back then, just that now you get even more bang for the buck.
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