Corsair K70 LUX RGB Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅21-09-17
Performance Testing
Mechanical keyboards have become a “must-have” within the gaming industry, most notably for their improved response times over membrane keyboards; they also generally require less force to depress and rebound faster. Corsair has struck a deal with Cherry to use their MX Silent keys on the LUX RGB. The main focus of the silent keys is to provide a linear key without the clicky sound that can annoy many users; some bask in the glory of mechanical keyboard clicks but you can soon be the bane of everyone in the office, or even your chosen chatroom if your microphone can detect the noise.

Cherry has limited the spring force, which has slightly slowed the debounce of the key but also reduced noise by around 30% compared to competitive switches. They feel fairly similar to Cherry MX red switches but are noticeably quieter.

Obviously, with the switches aimed at speed and silence, we forged ahead and booted up the latest games; all of which performed excellently. The keyboard responded perfectly and we can report, from users on the end of Discord, the keyboard is quiet. Testing was done via PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Paladins, War Thunder, Battlefield 1 and Orcs Must Die: Unchained.

The included wrist rest sits flush with the front of the keyboard, a few millimetres away from the closest row of keys. The comfort this adds is excellent, though some kind of padding would be welcomed.

It’s worth quickly touching on build quality, though we’ll keep it short; there’s nothing to worry about here, everything feels absolutely solid and should last you through many a gaming session. The Cherry MX Silent keys are rated to 50M actuations, which is way beyond what anyone can realistically achieve on a single key.

Corsair’s decision to produce a large keyboard, instead of condensing things down and requiring function keys is a refreshing change from the current breed of keyboards; this provides an unadulterated, distraction-free way to type your latest Facebook status or delve into your game of choice. The volume/media playback keys in the top right are fantastic, especially the volume roller, there’s no more natural way to adjust the volume than that. Despite the keyboard’s large size, there aren’t any dedicated macro keys which may be a big turn-off for some.

RGB backlighting on a keyboard has hugely caught on, especially within the mechanical sector. Of course, the K70 LUX RGB is no exception and it performs incredibly well on this front. The LEDs are bright and reproduce colours fairly well, though the pièce de résistance is the CUE software, providing an excellent platform within which you can develop almost any lighting effects you can imagine.

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