Corsair’s K70 RGB TKL optical-mechanical keyboard is setting sail worldwide after an exclusive US launch, so we can finally try its famous switches.
The new model retains the original version’s quality materials such as the iconic brushed aluminium body and wear-resistant double-shot PBT keycaps.
As its naming implies, we get a TKL (88 keys) format measuring 360mm (W) x 164mm (D) x 40mm (H), meaning the right-hand number pad is missing, which is regarded as a good thing by some gamers thanks to the compact size which leaves more space for mouse movements. As you may know, a lot of pro gamers, if not all, use low DPI settings.
The K70 RGB TKL checks all the boxes for a high-end gaming keyboard, such as an 8,000Hz polling rate using Corsair’s Axon, providing, the company says, eight times the transmission rates of other keyboards, full N-key rollover (NKRO) with 100 per cent anti-ghosting, and 8MB of integrated memory capable of saving up to 50 profiles.
Le plat de resistance consists of the aforementioned optical-mechanical key switches (OPX) which have a short 1mm actuation distance and a smooth linear motion, all while being guaranteed for 150 million keystrokes.
There is also per-key RGB backlight customisation via Corsair’s iCUE software, dedicated media keys, a volume roller, a detachable braided USB Type-C cable, and more importantly, a ‘tournament switch’ to lock backlighting and disable custom macros.
“To adhere with strict tournament guidelines, the innovative tournament switch located on the back of the keyboard instantly locks backlighting to a static color and disables macros to ensure your keyboard is prepped for battle,” opines Corsair.
The K70 RGB TKL is available on Corsair’s website for £159.99 backed by a two-year warranty.