Corsair Vengeance K70 Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Posted by on Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 8:00am

We just recently had our time with the Corsair Vengeance K95 keyboard. It is a fantastic keyboard especially for those that are really into RPS and MMORPG titles. It has plenty of G-keys or macro keys that the user can use to do all the many technical movements needed in such a game. But what if you don’t need macros key or so many of them? Well, Corsair has a keyboard for that as well. That keyboard is the Corsair Vengeance K70 designed for the fast pace movements of the FPS games.

Corsair Vengeance K70 Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction

We just recently had our time with the Corsair Vengeance K95 keyboard. It is a fantastic keyboard especially for those that are really into RPS and MMORPG titles. It has plenty of G-keys or macro keys that the user can use to do all the many technical movements needed in such a game. But what if you don’t need macros key or so many of them? Well, Corsair has a keyboard for that as well. That keyboard is the Corsair Vengeance K70 designed for the fast pace movements of the FPS games.

Corsair’s take on the K70

Designed for performance gaming.

Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches provide fast, linear response and low-noise operation. Since the K70 is fully mechanical, you’ll get that response with any key you press. There’s a full key matrix anti-ghosting mechanism for perfect signal quality, and the 20-key rollover ensures accuracy no matter how fast you play. The aluminum frame is lightweight and durable for hours and hours of intense play.

Customizable to your style of play.

The all-important WASD and 1-6 keys are contoured and textured, so you can find them fast, and enjoy fast gaming action with less chance of your fingers missing their mark. You can use the software to program backlighting for each key independently, so you can set up custom-lit key bindings for each game you play. And, once you’ve tweaked it to your tastes, the onboard memory lets you take your settings with you.

Looks great on your desktop.

Not only is the K70 a remarkable gaming keyboard – it looks amazing, too. The brushed aluminum frame is black anodized for an impressive look, and the brilliant red backlighting gives it the unmistakable look of serious gaming machinery.


Specifications

Warranty: Two years
Key Switches: Cherry® MX Red Mechanical
Windows Lock Key: Yes

Features

100% Cherry MX Red Mechanical Key Switches

You get smooth, linear key response for ultra-fast double and triple taps without the audible click.

Key-by-Key Customizable Backlighting

Deep red LEDs with adjustable brightness and key-by-key programmability to light up just the keys you need. It’s great for illuminating your key bindings for each game, and you can store multiple presets. They’re saved directly to the K70 onboard memory, so you can take your light maps with you.

Brushed Aluminum Chassis

The K70 frame has a professional-grade look and feel, plus the rugged durability you need for hours of gaming.

Full key Matrix Anti-Ghosting with 20-Key Rollover

Every keystroke translates into accurate gameplay—even when multiple keys are pressed. There’s no signal degradation, and it keeps up with you, no matter how fast you play.

Contoured, Textured WASD and 1-6 Keycaps

Keep your eyes on the action with easy to locate FPS keys. An extra set of standard typing keycaps and a keycap replacement tool are provided for general typing.
Easy-Access Multimedia Controls
You don’t just play games – you play music and video, too. Play, stop, pause, skip tracks and adjust volume directly from the K70.
USB Pass-Through
An extra USB connector is provided. It’s great for attaching a Vengeance gaming mouse or headset.

Soft-Touch Wrist Rest

Give your wrists a break, or take it off if it gets in the way.


Closer Look

Ok, so we aren’t going to beat around the bush with the Corsair Vengeance K70. If you want to read all the talk about the difference in Cherry MX keys, take a quick look at our Corsair Vengeance K95 mechanical keyboard review as we talked about the difference between the Cherry MX Reds and the Blacks. Moving forward, the K70 has the Red Cherry MX keys.

The Corsair Vengeance K70 comes in two different colors one being silver and the other is black, both variants have brushed aluminum. We will be taking a look at the black model. Like we said above, the K70 mechanical keyboard only comes in Red switches as of now. Corsair does offer several different key layouts depending on your region or your preference. Obviously, we will be looking at the North America unit. 

From above, the Corsair Vengeance K70 looks much like many of the other OEM Cherry keyboards on the market. But you can count on Corsair to put their own unique twist on things and the K70 is no stranger to such innovation. The feel of the K70 is one that is extremely sturdy and solid. The weight of the keyboard should easily keep it glued to your desktop.

As you can see the K70 doesn't have as much macros keys like those of the K95 which includes the eighteen G-keys and the three macros program keys. This is a sign this keyboard is more geared toward the gamers of first-person shooter and action genres. But what it does include is the numeral pad which is a big plus for an average typist to deal with numbers easily.

All of the keys on the Corsair Vengeance K70 are of cylindrical type. With this design, the key kind of wraps around your fingertip from left to right.

One thing Corsair’s new keyboard has going for itself is the dedicated media keys. The top two buttons, one being the scroll bar, are for sound control while the under four is to cycle through songs or forward through a movie.

The LEDs are indicators for the Num, Cap and scroll locks. One can disable the Windows shortcut key which I like very much.

The Corsair Vengeance K70 has the same backlighting functions as the bigger brother, the K95. You can choose to light all the keys at once or individual keys for a personal style. If you do perform the latter, the settings can be stored in the onboard memory so you can show it off at any time even on a different unit.

At the backside of the K70, we notice a USB pass-thru port which will allow you to hook up other USB devices. The BIOS switch is there in case you are working with a system that doesn’t recognize the keyboard in the BIOS. Simply flipping this to another selection should get you up and running.

The Corsair Vengeance K70 sits on two pairs of rubber feet. The rear feet can be extended to raise the back half of the keyboard.

The K70 has dual USB cables but only one is needed to power the keyboard. The other is for the USB pass-thru port.

The older K60 had a small wrist rest that was intended to use with just the left hand. This has changed with the K70 as it sports a full-length soft-rubber wrist bar.

When it comes to feel the WASD and 1-6 are textured in a way to better identify them.


Testing and Conclusion

I have to admit that when I got both the Corsair Vengeance K70 and K95 mechanical keyboards, I only put the K95 on the bench first because it is the biggest and the highest-end keyboard Corsair offers. But I really could not wait to get the smaller K60 on my desktop. The reason for this is that I am more of a FPS gamer than any other genre. I really love the fast pace shoot ‘em up style as there is no boring moments within a match or game. Well, this is just what the K70 is targeting for.

One game that I play a lot is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and with the keyboard I found myself running around, dodging shots better than what how I play before. The fast response of this keyboard is a whole new level that I have never experienced yet. I don't have the best typing skills, the added texture of the WASD keys where great which improved my typing speed. I often found myself looking for these keys for whatever reason while playing. I have used the Corsair Vengeance K70 for everyday typing as well. As with many other mechanical keyboards, it takes some time to get used to it. I personally find myself either missing a key due to the lack of needed pressure to activate the key compared to the flat keys on my Sony laptop that I used for 90% of my everyday work.

Overall, the Corsair Vengeance K70 is a very impressive mechanical keyboard. I love the preciseness while gaming which is what the keyboard is intended for. The Red switches doesn’t require as much pressure to activate than the Blacks which I think is a major plus and the reason we see so many keyboards featuring this type of MX switches. Besides the benefits of the Cherry MX switches, the K70 is a very well built keyboard. The aluminum finish is a major plus compared to the typical plastic keyboards commonly sold everywhere. It is not the biggest feature of the keyboard but the light illumination is great as you can select just the keys you want to be backlit. To sum it up, I think I have found my new keyboard.

The Corsair Vengeance K70 is a mere $20 cheaper than the bigger K95 mechanical keyboard. The extra features that the K95 has over the K70 may be enough to sway people to get the bigger K95. But if you are not heavy into RPG and MMORPG, get the K70 and put the extra money into a good mouse.

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