Final words and conclusion
Final words and conclusion
Generally, I liked the experience of using a new Corsair K70 RGB Pro. Typically for Corsair - it’s a keyboard aimed mainly at gaming purposes (even on a competitive level). Of course, it’s possible to write on it (especially with the switches like the Cherry MX Browns, as in the provided sample), also due to the offered palm rest, which really helps during the long (review) typing sessions (although the plastic isn’t the most pleasant one). One of its unique features is the tournament mode switch, which automatically swaps to distraction-free static backlighting and disables accidental macro activations. You can’t forget about the CORSAIR AXON Hyper-Processing Technology, which allows transmission of inputs to your PC up to 8x faster than in conventional gaming keyboards with 8,000 Hz hyper-polling. There’s also a detachable USB Type-C cable, so that makes it a bit more, let’s say, versatile (easier to transport in a rucksack). You also can’t miss the media keys and my beloved volume roller, which I use frequently.
The reviewed keyboard comes with PBT keycaps (that’s good, they’re more reliable), and palm rest is provided. A range of other switch options is available, so potential buyers should find their match easily. S iCUE works well and allows synchronization with other Corsair stuff and per-key lighting adjustment. The quality of the keyboard is excellent, so there are no reasons to complain here, as the frame is sturdy and made of aluminium. Still, during the practical usage, this probably causes a specific reverberation. The feet are rubbery, so the K70 RGB Pro stays in place as it’s supposed to, and you can adjust the height to match it to your preferences.
The Corsair K70 RGB Pro is a full-size keyboard that looks very nice, mainly thanks to the aluminium for the frame. The LED lighting system does its job very well (vivid and crisp colors), although the white has little pink highlights. You can individually adjust each key to your preference if you want to. Even anti-RGB guys should be satisfied because you can make the backlighting, e.g., all-white, or use it only on some keys.
The Corsair K70 RGB Pro is not a market revolution, especially since we've already seen it all in a TKL version of the Corsair K70. That is not to say that it is a poor pick, despite the fact that it is not a cheap keyboard (159.99 USD is a lot). The Corsair K70 PRO RGB is undoubtedly a beautiful keyboard, built on a solid foundation, but it also has a few shortcomings, about which I’ll write a bit later in summary. You get a keyboard with pleasant Cherry MX Brown switches (there are others available as well), PBT keycaps, 8,000 Hz polling rate, full NKRO, and 100% anti-ghosting. This keyboard is targeted even at the pro gamer segment, as it allows you to automatically swap to distraction-free static backlighting and disable accidental macro activations in the so-called tournament mode. The provided palm rest increases comfort, but plastic isn’t the most pleasing. This keyboard also has dedicated media keys and a volume roller (I love them), making it a great ‘daily driver’, especially with the Cherry MX RGB Browns, which are great for typing. Speaking of which, the switches themselves are quiet. The activation mechanism is almost inaudible, although the other structure elements generate noise by the PBT covers themselves. The rattling noise is rather loud and can be irritating. There is also a specific reverberation, probably emitted by the aluminum body, which you can hear after stopping hitting the keys. The K70 RGB Pro deserves our “Approved” award for everything it offers. The quality is really good, and the keyboard is rigid thanks to the aluminium frame (and very stable with those rubbery feet). At the same time, iCUE works well (there’s been a re-design recently) and allows synchronization with other Corsair stuff, as well as per-key lighting adjustment. MX Brown switches perform admirably and are quite comfortable to use, which is unsurprising, and they are also a safe choice (especially for typing, but the gaming is also more than possible with them). Nonetheless, the aluminum body's echo and the rattling noise from the PBT covers are considerable negatives, and they contribute to the "recommended" award being conceivable, especially at that price point. 159.99 USD (169.99 USD for the Cherry MX RGB Speed/Silent variations) is not a small price to pay for a keyboard.