Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 RAPIDFIRE Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅18-07-18
Performance Testing
Typically, most gamers moving over to the mechanical keyboard would go with a Cherry MX Red keytswitch, loved for their “happy medium” approach to mechanical key switches, being light enough to use for lengthy essays and online chat forums, while also featuring a short enough actuation distance to be quick in games. Well, with the RAPIDFIRE edition of the K70 MK.2, we’re treat to a Cherry MX Speed switch, requiring the same 45cN of force as a Cherry MX Red, but reacting to a keypress after only 1.2mm of travel; this makes the key quite literally faster, and therefore the name “Speed”. It’s perhaps not as good of an “all-rounder” as a Cherry MX Red or Brown switch, but in terms of raw speed, we found it worked remarkably well. Thankfully, the keyboard is available in a range of different switch types, so visit your local store to try out the different options, if at all possible.

In keeping with the gaming theme, Corsair’s included a pair of Gaming keycap sets and a key puller, which add a tactile “chequer plate” effect to the top of the keycap as well as being grey in colour. The spacebar is already decked out with this effect, but there’s no replacement for that key. The two keycap sets are used for MOBA or FPS games.

Thanks largely to the aluminium backplate and refined build quality Corsair are best known for, the keyboard feels absolutely rock solid. Every keypress feels completely uniform with no movement in the chassis of the keyboard at all. We’re also impressed with the LEDs used in the key switches as well as secondary buttons placed around the keyboard, all of which replicate the colours equally well and with the same brightness.

The wrist rest, as is the case with all Corsair keyboards so far, is made from a solid piece of textured plastic. While a wrist rest is important to many for comfort, a hard lump of plastic is far from ideal. Perhaps some cushioning could be included in the MK.3.

Media controls is something many manufacturers neglect entirely or add Fn keys to incorporate awkward key combinations to adjust volume or skip tracks. Corsair, on the other hand, have stuck with the trust volume wheel (which we love!) and dedicated media keys, but this time they’ve been raised up a few millimetres so they’re now visible.

When carting your weapons of choice to gaming parties or LAN events, it’s good to know the keyboard can store three distinct profiles onboard, which can be toggled via the dedicated switch on the top row. The 8MB of onboard memory ensures you’ll always have the best chance to relinquish your foes of life.

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