Mechanical keyboard is far from new technology. They have been around for decades; however, due to the high production cost, other types of keyboard switches are more commonly used. Fortunately, the production cost of mechanical key switches has been going down over the years. Today, you can find a good selections of mechanical keyboard generally at a reasonable price.
Today I will have an in-depth review of the Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard that features Cherry MX Red. The K70 also comes with Cherry MX Blue for those who seeks more noticeable clicky tactile feedback, and Cherry MX Brown for a softer tactile bump.
II. In-depth Look
Other than the keyboard and some quick setup guide, Corsair provides users with a set of ten textured red key (1-6, W, A, S, D) which are standard keys for games, and a full-size matte-finished wrist rest.
A closer look at the textured keys provided
Corsair has done an astonishing job in designing the K70 (successor of the K60) with a lot of improvements. The first thing that I would like to point out is that the K70 is equipped with individual back-lit key (black version comes in red color backlighting). The keyboard is built on a brushed aluminum chassis, with the keys levitating over it.
Aesthetic is a subjective matter, some people like it while the other doesn’t. However, this design is helpful in keeping the keyboard clean due to the large gap between the key and the chassis.
a. There’s a single USB 2.0 port at the top back side of the K70 for easy accessibility. Next to the USB port is the switch that allows you to change the polling rate of the K70 (default is 1kHz).
b. Multimedia Control – On the top right corner, you will find multimedia control including a volume knob, a mute button, and a set of buttons for music playback (Stop, backward, play/pause, forward). From my point of view, the volume knob is much more convenient than the traditional +/- button for volume control.
c. Customization – The K70 features per key backlighting, which means you can highlight important keys such as WASD or others instead of having the whole keyboard lit up.
Also, there’s a hidden feature that was not included in the quick start guide is that you can activate reactive key lighting, which means every time you hit a key, it will light up for a second. You can do so by pressing both Ctrl and the backlight on/off button at the same time. This is a nice little feature that I really enjoy. However, the reactive lighting is disabled every time you turn off the keyboard.
There’s one more thing that’s worth mentioning is that for long key (spacebar, enter, etc.) Corsair did a good job by adding 2 cross supports to prevent the key cap from wobbling. This gives the keyboard a very robust and premium feel for the price you pay.
As I mentioned earlier, the reviewed keyboard comes with the Cherry MX Red switch. While there are many marketing campaign going around about which switch is the best for gaming (like the all-new Razer green switch), I strongly believe that it’s all comes down to personal preference.
Theoretically, Red switch is the most suitable for gaming due to its linear feedback. However, I have seen some people favor Cherry MX Blue for gaming instead (even though it’s marketed for typists). If you are unsure which switch is right for you, you could order a tester board over here for $15 to test which one suits you best.
Corsair Vengeance K70 is a very well-made keyboard with little flaws, and it is one of the best made keyboards on the market right now. If you are looking for a solid mechanical keyboard , or a Cherry MX Red mechanical keyboard in particular, then Vengeance K70 is an unquestionable choice. The MSRP of the K70 is $129.99, but you can easily find a good deal on Amazon for $109.99 (at the time of this review).