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Corsair launches K70 RGB MK.2 low profile keyboards

by Mark Tyson on 25 October 2018, 16:01

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Corsair has launched two new keyboards that leverage Cherry's MX Low Profile RGB keyswitches. The new Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 low profile and K70 RGB MK.2 low profile RapidFire keyboards build upon the K70 RGB MK.2 heritage, retaining the characteristic mechanical precision and gaming performance but delivering a new slim design with "a more comfortable typing experience." Increased comfort stems from the hands being closer to their natural position, "placing less stress on the palm and wrists," asserts Corsair.

The low profiles of these new K70 RGB MK.2 variants come thanks to Cherry's innovative new keyswitch designs. Corsair's K70 RGB MK.2 low profile keyboard is equipped with Cherry MX Low Profile Red RGB keyswitches (linear 1.2mm actuation point), and the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 low profile RapidFire keyboard is an exclusive first product packing Cherry MX Low Profile Speed RGB keyswitches (linear, 1.0mm actuation point). With the lower profile switches the keypress actuation distance is reduced, and the physical height of the switches allows keyboard designers to reduce overall input device height without sacrificing other aspects of the build.

Familiar Corsair construction and features are present here, so the new K70 models have a brushed aluminium frame - which has been redesigned to complement these new switches. The low profile chassis features dedicated multimedia controls, a knurled aluminium volume roller, a USB pass-through port for additional devices, onboard profile storage to take your settings anywhere and 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover. Additional replacement low profile FPS and MOBA gaming keycaps for the WASD and QWERDF keys are provided - specifically textured, sculpted and colour-accented for the most often used keys in gaming.

Of course Corsair has sprinkled these products with its RGB technology. Users can enjoy and benefit from full multicolour, per-key RGB backlighting. The low profile switches have been engineered with increased LED diffusion in mind and are said to enable brighter and more vivid lighting than ever before. As you would expect, a host of lighting patterns and effects, customisations, syncing, macros, and remaps can be conjured up via the Corsair iCUE software.

Corsair says that the K70 RGB MK.2 low profile / RapidFire models are available immediately. Here in the UK I only found pricing for the RapidFire version, which is listed at £159.99 direct from the Corsair webshop - but at the time of writing it was out of stock.

Specifications:

  • Cherry MX Low Profile RGB Red Keyswitches (K70 RGB MK.2 LOW PROFILE) or Cherry MX Low Profile RGB Speed Keyswitches (K70 RGB MK.2 LOW PROFILE RAPIDFIRE) [Corsair exclusive keyswitch]
  • Anodized Aluminium Frame
  • Multicolour, Per-Key RGB Backlighting
  • Compatible with CORSAIR iCUE Software
  • Detachable Palm Rest Included
  • Dedicated Volume and Multimedia Controls
  • USB 2.0 Type-A Pass-Through Port
  • Textured Replacement WASD and QWERDF Keycaps
  • 8MB Onboard Profile Storage
  • Windows Lock Button
  • 100% Anti-Ghosting with Full Key Rollover
  • Two year warranty provided

Another comparison between regular and LP K70 MK.2 keyboard models



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When they decide to implement USB 3.0 pass through I may be bothered.
But have they actually sorted the awful key ghosting ? I use a K70 RGB at the moment and I think it is the worst keyboard I have ever used, I am sick of it always typing the wrong key or the same one multiple times.
I also dislike the CUE software, it just isn't reliable.
I have also used a K95, and K65 and they were both as bad as this K70.
I will never buy another Corsair product again, I have noticed a serious downward slide in quality over the past few years.
Hi Corsair, have you sorted the key chatter yet?

A quick google forCorsair key chatter reveals: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=corsair+key+chatter&oq=corsair+key+chatter

Yours,

A purchaser of one of your K70's who thought spending decent money on a keyboard meant it would last more than a couple of years!

Even a £5 jobby lasts longer!
I have a keyboard based on cherry blue. I got it as it's basically a total copy (key size, shape, angle, spacing, etc) of the keyboard I had as a kid (with the addition of backlighting and macro keys) and as a result I can FINALLY touch type properly again without making endless mistakes (can I point out however that ironically it took me 5 attempts to type “without”).

The problem is that at work we have these stupid low profile membrane keyboards and I can not type on them anymore with any kind of speed or accuracy. It's horrific. A decent keyboard design for typing properly on really does ruin you when you end up having to type on something shoddy and cheap.
Potbellieddwarf
But have they actually sorted the awful key ghosting ? I use a K70 RGB at the moment and I think it is the worst keyboard I have ever used, I am sick of it always typing the wrong key or the same one multiple times.
I also dislike the CUE software, it just isn't reliable.
I have also used a K95, and K65 and they were both as bad as this K70.
I will never buy another Corsair product again, I have noticed a serious downward slide in quality over the past few years.


I bought the K70 RGB a few years ago as well. Haven't noticed any ghosting since one of the old firmware updates though. The new CUE software is miles better than the original software (whatever the name of it was). So, overall I'm pretty happy with it.

To be fair to Corsair though, the ghosting issue is actually a Cherry issue and affects other branded keyboards using the same/similar keys.

But having said that, I can't disagree with you entirely. I once invested in a (Corsair) wireless headset and it was absolute excrement. That ended up in the bin. And then there's their PSU's… :p

I'm 50/50 about Corsair. Had both good and bad experiences.