The CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile keyboard is not a new release, in case you were wondering why the company is putting this out so soon after their recently announced K95 Platinum XT. I had originally planned on covering this alongside the non-low profile K70 RGB MK.2 keyboards, but CORSAIR released a bunch of different products in my review categories and corrupted files from the original review draft meant this review had to take a seat on the backburner until now. Here we are then, finally taking a look at the year+ old launch with the power of hindsight and price cuts in hand, and thanks again to CORSAIR for sending along the review sample.
CORSAIR is clearly shying away from discrete names for their keyboards with precedence given to the Kxx naming scheme to keep things simple. In general, the larger the number in the model name, the higher up in the keyboard product portfolio it is placed. Their popular K70 series is a fantastic full-size keyboard which has evolved to have lots of features that were previously on the larger flagship K95 sans the column of dedicated macro keys. The original K70 RGB was also the first RGB mechanical keyboard, albeit with only 512 colors per key, which caused a bit of a kerfuffle when that came to light. With the MK.2 revisions, we saw true 8-bit lighting across the R/G/B channels for 16.8 M colors per LED, and the SKUs without a low profile employed Cherry MX RGB switches to good effect. Cherry had back then also announced new low-profile mechanical switches CORSAIR had a timed exclusive on. Today, we have more keyboards on the market using the Cherry MX Low Profile Red RGB switch, but the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile has another trick up its sleeve for even 2020. Do read the entire review to find out more—we begin with a look at the specifications below.
|CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Keyboard|
|Layout:||>104-key form factor in a modified US ANSI layout, language support dependent on region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, anodized aluminium frame|
|Weight:||1.08 kg / 2.38 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, included|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Dimensions:||168 (L) x 437 (W) x 28 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Low Profile Red or Speed (Silver) RGB switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB lighting|
Packaging and Accessories
CORSAIR operates a web shop in the USA. However, this sample came from a marketing hub, so we begin with a look at the product packaging. A plastic wrap covers the packaging, which I maintain is not very practical, and removing it shows off the product box in more detail. We have the usual CORSAIR Gaming black and yellow color scheme with a large illustration of the keyboard and the company and product name. Specifications and marketing features continue on the back and sides in multiple languages, along with printed renders that highlight more of the salient aspects of the keyboard.
Two seals on the side and a double flap help keep the contents inside in place. Opening the box, we see the keyboard immediately, inside more plastic. The attached cable is found in the cardboard compartment to the top, and as with the rest of Corsair's lineup, there is layered packaging to separate the keyboard from the accessories.
CORSAIR includes a warranty guide, as well as a multi-language manual that summarizes the various parts of the keyboard when it comes to functionality. It can be a handy resource given there are so many things pre-programmed onboard outside of the standard keyboard keys themselves, making it well worth a look early on. We also see replacement keycap sets WASD/QWERDF with backlighting support for FPS and MOBA gaming, with a textured gray surface with thin ABS plastic and laser etched legends typical of mass-market keyboards. There is also a plastic ring-style keycap puller, which can potentially scratch the sides of keycaps when used but is still better than no keycap puller at all. The included wrist rest comes in a third plastic wrap and has a dimpled plastic surface on top. There are two clip sets to pair it with the keyboard, which goes well with the bottom surface that is angled to fit the side it touches, and rubber pads on the bottom add friction against the resting surface.
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