Bluntly put, the K70 RGB MK.2 gaming mechanical keyboard is a fierce competitor. Going through the features shown on the box, there is not one of them that does not jet a check in the pro column. The additional parts like the wrist rest, keycaps and key puller tool all do what they are supposed to and are easy to work with. The lighting is some of the best on the market at this time.
With so many preset options and the ability to map out the lights to any idea that looks good on keys, we could not ask for more. We have never had much issue with Cherry MX switches, unlike with other brands keys randomly dying on us, no matter your choice of which to fill the K70 RGB MK.2 with, you are getting some of the best switches in the game right now.
Size is standard, weight is a tad on the heavy side, but it is structurally sound, and we have not run into issues with resonance or vibrations in our fingertips. With nearly a dozen changes to the keyboard since we last saw it, this reiteration is well worth the time it takes to look over what the K70 keyboard has become.
At first, iCUE looks to be simple and while easy to manage and navigate, the layers of options make this unified software suite to all Corsair products well worth the look around. In there you can add profiles, choose which to use with the onboard memory, and have your keyboard set up for your favorite games.
Beyond that, there is the Actions menu, which has some of the most detailed options in software. It will record anything from time delays to keyboard presses, even mouse movements, so nearly any command is possible if you have the patience to set it up, test it, and make any changes to it to get it perfect.
iCue is also where you can go to tinker with the lighting, and for those of you with FarCry 5, yes the keyboard still auto loads a profile for that game. Beyond that, the software is also where you can address firmware revisions, which Corsair is known to put out after the product launches and ships with the default firmware of that time. Not only did we thoroughly enjoy using the K70 RGB MK.2, but we also had a blast trying our hand at custom lighting profiles and assigning rations to macros just to see it work. It has been a while since we can recall a keyboard that has us glowing about it as we are here.
As usual, there is still one factor to consider; the cost. There have been many times in the past where we have called out companies for asking too much for a product, but to be honest, we do not feel that is in any way the truth for this keyboard. The Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 with whatever switches you choose will do anything you ask of it. About the specific version of the keyboard we have, the $169.99 price at Amazon is not out of line.
Many keyboards, including earlier versions of Corsair keyboards have asked this much or more, but it is rare that you get this much bang for the buck. If you would like the low-profile version, the price is similar, but expect to pay up to ten dollars more for the Special Edition. That being said, the K70 MK.2 gaming mechanical keyboard is one that should not be passed up on.
Corsair delivered the goods, and even with a name of years gone by, the product could not be any more up to date, and the changes made along the way are well thought out and worth the effort. There is no way to lose in this deal.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The K70 RGB MK.2 is the best keyboard we have reviewed from Corsair! One of the best options out there! Yes it does come with a premium price tag, but the features and capabilities of this gaming mechanical keyboard make it worth every penny, although, we would opt for the SE!
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