Okay, we're going to have a closer look at the product guided with the help of lotsa photo's. As always packaging and bundle first. The core features of the K60 and K70 are the same, and include Cherry MX Red keys (awesome for gaming), 1000Hz polling, now full-key rollover though, over USB and 100% anti-ghosting.
Unpacking shows a simple bundle, the keyboard, the soft touch wrist rest and a manual/warranty guide. The K70 comes with extra red replaceable WASD and 1 to 6 rubberized keys. Great to see. The K70 is marketed as a FPS keyboard. Also, across the keyboard you will notice red back-lights on the K70, these can be dimmed. We'll show you the keyboard powered on over the next few pages of course.
Once we have a better and closer look at the keyboard the word sturdy comes to mind. The keyboard once again is heavy, made out of a plastic base with brushed aluminum on top of it. There is the regular silver version, but the anodized brushed black aluminum version just kicks freaking ass as far as my taste goes. You will notice that the keys (all are mechanical Cherry MX red btw)) are placed onto (not into) the keyboard. The aluminum top base gives the product a rather unique look and feel. It will also help with dampening vibrations.
The K70 is heavy weight, and combined with rubber feet will ensure you from the keyboard sliding away. It has a very firm grip on my desktop. The K60 and K70 model lacks extra programmable gaming keys that it's bigger btother the K90 and K95 do have. The 'querty' keys itself are mechanical (except the function row which are are rubber dome based), making use of Cherry Red MX switches. The idea behind mechanical switches is that they give a key press a more perceptible feel than the standard rubber membrane used in cheaper keyboards. Gamers seem to prefer mechy's very much over dome based keys and ever since the past year or two mechanical keyboards have been on the rise. The keyboard registers ALL keys pressed at once, as such this is full key rollover.
The media function keys on the keyboard itself are basic yet functional. The metal volume knob is really handy. There is also a windows lock mode key, which allows you to disable the Windows key and get dropped back to the desktop by accident in a hefty gaming session. These functions are all supported at default, there's no need to install any software whatsoever. The keys themselves are exposed though, simple cleaning works out well with say a can of compressed air. However, being exposed like that has another effect as well, the base will collect dirt more quickly. It's not massively different with normal keyboards, but sure the base is exposed and a little more susceptible to dirt.
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