Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Mechanical Cherry MX Speed Gaming Keyboard - English
- Wired gaming keyboard with 1.82m cord length ensures lightning fast triggers and low latencies
- Tenkeyless form-factor is compact and frees up space on your desk
- Cherry MX Speed mechanical key switches with 1.2mm actuation distance provide lightning-fast response times
- Corsair Axon hyper-processing technology with 8,000Hz hyper-polling registers your inputs 8 times faster than regular gaming keyboards
- Full N-Key roll over with complete anti-ghosting technology ensures every press of the key is registered even during fast game play
- 8MB onboard storage keeps up to 50 onboard profiles and custom macros, so you can create your own RGB lighting effects with up to 20 layers
- iCUE software lets you customise the dynamic RGB lighting, program macros, remap keys, and adjust other settings
- Dynamic per-key RGB backlighting allows you to personalise your setup with your preferred lighting effects
- Dedicated media keys and signature CORSAIR volume roller make it a breeze to control your media
- 1.5mm thick PBT double-shot moulded keycaps withstand wearing and fading while providing firm stability
- Tournament mode switch instantly turns off the distracting backlighting and disables accidental macro activations
- Detachable braided USB-C cable is travel friendly and offers quick connection
- Tough aluminum frame offers long-lasting durability
- Compatible with computers running macOS 10.15 and Windows 10 operating systems with a USB 3.0 Type-A interface
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Of the 206 reviewers who responded, 188 would recommend this product.
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- Great Tournament Compliant TKL keyboard.- March 28, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great TKL keyboard. Tournament compliant with lock out switch. Easy to set up plug and play. Windows 10. See below on Windows 8 issue. ICue software. Easy to program shortcut keys in ICue. Nice medium weight feel. Not plasticy. Keys stand up nice and tall. Lights are subtle and not as blinding. Key feeling is nice and crisp. I prefer crisp keys and not mushy. Volume control is easy. Cons: Not compatible with my window 8 gaming laptop. Even with newest ICue software. The newest iCue software is needed to recognize the keyboard. The older version will not recognize the keyboard. Matches with my mouse and headphones. Would recommend this product. Great job corsair.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- CORSAIR ALWAYS TOP QUALITY!- April 2, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Top shelf build quality. Small footprint a delight for myself and grandkids. Speed, features, accuracy and mechanical feel keys excellent. Been using my CORSAIR K95 for 2 years now very similar but larger foot print. Well worth the investment for PC gamers. Just buy it amazing keyboard many features and controls.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Stellar performance/features for gaming-on-the-go- April 3, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is now the 4th Corsair RGB Cherry-MX based keyboard I’ve owned and used for home, work or travel. I’ve tried the K95 RGB w/MX Reds, K70 RGB MK.2 w/MX Reds, K95 RGB PLATINUM XT w/MX Speed Silver, and now the new K70 RGB TKL w/MX Speeds for travel. I originally came to appreciate the smooth, linear travel of the MX Reds for regular office typing, and of course, extra-clicky gaming action on my main rig. But last year I tried out the Speed Silvers in the K95 Platinum XT and eventually found the transition to the MX Speeds to be a very enjoyable one. If you’re like me and had never tried Speed switches before, you’re likely to feel as if the shallower key travel and lower actuation force make things feel almost *too* sensitive—I spent a week or so with lots of double strokes and accidental characters appearing on screen. But once I trained myself for a lighter touch, I found the Speed switches to feel better and more natural for gaming (more responsive) and for productivity (less fatigue from lighter keystrokes). With the recent acquisition of a new gaming-friendly, but USB-A portless, ultraportable laptop, I was in the market for a more travel-friendly USB-C gaming keyboard that I could take on the go when I needed to do some serious typing for work as well…enter the new K70 RGB TKL. This is not a mini or undersized keyboard; its keycaps and layout are proportioned exactly the same as a full-sized Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 (comparison shot below) with the 10-key area simply omitted to make it more compact. Corsair’s trademark captive, chunky, and dual-headed USB cable has been replaced by a much thinner 6 ft. braided and removable USB-A to USB-C cable. While this makes stowage and travel more convenient, the TKL dispenses with any pass-thru ports or USB hub functionality, so you’ll have to find another port on your rig for your mouse or controller/dongle. There is also a handy and lockable “tournament switch” on the back that turns off all macros, key assignments, iCUE functions, and lighting effects for distraction-free gaming during serious tourneys (you can specify a single keycap color for the tournament mode via iCUE). Finally, Corsair added its latest Axon “hyper-processing” to the TKL giving you an astounding key polling rate that runs from 125Hz/8ms all the way to a staggering 8000Hz/0.125ms. I can’t imagine who could possibly spam a keyboard that quickly but the power is there if you need it. Note that iCUE warns that AXON hyper polling above 4000Hz/0.25ms uses additional system resources and that a “higher-end” system is required to operate up to 8000Hz. Other than those new additions, the K70 RGB TKL is about what you would come to expect from a Corsair RGB mechanical keyboard. Though compact, the keyboard feels substantial and reassuringly solid with an all-metal body. When you want to show off, you get per-key RGB lighting, and iCUE-based customization as well as four onboard memory storage slots for key assignments/shortcuts, macros, switch debounce time settings, and lighting effects that will work even when iCUE isn’t running. Unlike the K70 MK.2 or the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT, the K70 TKL's spacebar does not feature any raised textures or cross-hatch pattern; its surface is matte smooth just as the rest of the PBT double-shot keycaps. However, Corsair does include a key-puller with gun-metal colored, textured, and specially contoured WASD and MOBA keys in the box. There are two pop-out legs near the back to increase keyboard elevation, however, there is no wrist rest included; the leading edge of the aluminum frame simply curls away after the bottom row of keycaps. Given that this is marketed more as a portable “battle-station ready” keyboard, this omission is understandable; but the wrist rest is missed nonetheless when using the keyboard at a stationary position for work/productivity. Thankfully, Corsair retained its dedicated media playback keys over on the left-hand side, as well as the mute button and giant cylindrical volume roller on the right. The roller in this K70 is a bit stiffer than the one on my other Corsairs, but I still believe their roller is the easiest and most intuitive way to control playback volume on a keyboard, especially because you don’t have to fiddle with individual VOL+/- buttons or reorient your hand to a vertical volume knob. Finally, there are a few keys near the top to cycle between onboard profiles and adjust RGB brightness, as well as a lock-out button that you can configure in iCUE to keep you from activating the Windows key during gameplay, as well as disabling ATL-TAB, ALT-F4, or Shift+Tab as you’d like. About the only thing I’m not totally wild about on the new K70 TKL is the typeface Corsair used on the keycaps. Compared to the K70 MK.2 (and the K95), the TKL’s keycap font is smaller…not hard to see, but still noticeably smaller; and yet Corsair decided to cram all the shift-text next to the primary characters rather than below them. I suppose it kind of helps keep "LED clutter” down because you only have light shining through the tops of all the keycaps, rather than some keys featuring illumination in the middle as well, but it just makes some of the keys look a bit more crowded to me, despite the fact that the lettering itself is appreciable smaller and thinner. With each new iteration of Corsair’s iCUE, I see plenty of online chatter about the client being buggy, bloated, or hard to use. Personally, I've never found it too taxing to configure key assignments or macros; the iCUE dashboard can actually be very informative for performance/temperature monitoring; and the new “scenes” function that synchronizes all supported RGB components at once is kind of handy if you’re not ready to sink a lot of time into customizing the lighting effects, patterns, and timings for each individual LED source. However, I do have a few words of caution for MSI Mystic Light users. At least as of this writing, the latest version of iCUE 4.9 did not always play nicely with the latest version of MSI’s Dragon Center 2.0.103 & Mystic Light 126.96.36.199 (themselves sometimes regarded as hot messes, so YMMV). Mystic Light has 3rd party support for Corsair keyboards, LED strips and fans; however, the keyboard effects are rudimentary at best. If you plan to program for more elaborate lighting patterns/zones, you’ll want to turn off Mystic Light’s “overwrite third party RGB software support” in the settings tab and do what you will within iCUE. However, that didn’t ALWAYS work for me. Even w/Mystic Light’s override turned off, changing the K70’s polling rate or unplugging and replugging the keyboard immediately dropped all iCUE lighting support, sometimes not even resolving with a restart. I troubleshot iCUE for ages trying to figure out why all my keys were red (or off entirely) despite creating layers of RGB customization and sensor displays in iCUE. Then I reversed my thinking--turned off Mystic Light and tried controlling the MSI’s onboard RGB zones and headers with iCUE (hey, there’s even a picture of my Z490 on the iCUE dashboard so Corsair MUST be on top of things, right?). Not so much. I started adjusting the mobo LED behavior in iCUE and suddenly ALL onboard LEDs and headers (not just the Corsair headers) turned off completely. Eventually I had to clear the CMOS before any LEDs on the mobo or fans were working again. While troubleshooting the issue, I found that iCUE could probably use a bit more optimization when it comes to supporting MSI motherboards. In my rig, the iCUE client occupies about 275MB of RAM with 0.1-0.8% CPU usage (not bad overhead). However, the iCUE service for MSI motherboards occupies a measly 2.2MB of RAM, yet it was routinely responsible for between 8-11% CPU usage even at idle. The only way I could finally settle on reliable LED control across all my devices and not needlessly add a 10% spike to CPU usage/heat was to disable Plugins support within iCUE as well as 3rd party support in Mystic Light. Hopefully with time these issues will iron themselves out (and maybe that much CPU overhead doesn't bother you anyway???); but for now, I don’t have QUITE the fully synchronized light-show I was hoping for between my tower, fans, and keyboard. These minor frustrations aside, I’m still very happy with the K70 RGB TKL. It does primarily what it sets out to do with typical Corsair aplomb and rock-solid build quality. If you’ve been eying a more compact, travel-ready, but still serious gaming keyboard with cutting edge features to support even the most hyper-competitive gaming environment, the K70 RGB TKL should definitely be on your short list.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Gaming Keyboard to date- April 12, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Corsair has really gone out of their way with what this keyboard and iCue can do. iCue lets you create up to 50 "profiles" , in the program. The 8Mb of onboard storage does create a limitation on the amount of hardware saved profiles, but should be sufficient for most people. With each profile you can create different software based lighting effects and one hardware based lighting effect. Each Lighting effect can have several different layers (20max on the hardware), the different layers let you select different or the same keys to create an unlimited amount of lighting effects. Here you can overlay colors and manipulate each layer's opacity and lighting effect. There are several different animated effects to choose from too. Each profile can also be linked to a specific game or program, so that when that profile is selected it will launch the associated game/program. The keyboard has an onboard memory of 8MB where you can store several different profiles including lighting effect, applications, key assignments, and macros.The number of profiles is only limited to complexity of each profile and the remaining storage. The macro capabilities of this keyboard are pretty impressive too. Just for the fun of it, and test how much data I could put into 1 macro, I typed out a whole paragraph.iCue recorded all my typing, and even recorded all the pauses in my typing as well, so that when it was played back, the paragraph typed out exactly as I had done it originally, right done to the timing. This can be very helpful for automating different types of tasks in games or websites. However, if you don't want the pauses or "delays" included, you can select to have all of them removed. Delays can later be inserted at random or set inverals, baseds on your needs. The app and feature is very accommodating. The Axon hyper-processing maxes out at 8000Hz Hyper-polling where possible, not all systems are recommended to use the full 8000Hz because it can be very taxing on the system's resources.Luckily iCue will notify you if your system does not recommend that feature, but you can most likely pick 4000Hz which is nothing to sneeze at. Most people will not even notice the difference in the polling rates, typically most gaming keyboards run at 1000Hz and that is sufficient for most all games. Because not all systems are capable of running at 8000Hz, the default polling rate is set to 1000Hz, and must be changed in the "device settings" to get the higher speeds. ****Because this keyboard version is new in Corsairs line up, there is not much for documentation on the complete directions for all it's features. I am hoping to give enough information here to help with that. Most of the features you can get the jist of by experimenting with iCue, and looking at the "Key" descriptions in the manual, but the biggest questions are how to save hardware effects and use them. They just recently updated iCue to work with this keyboard, so the layout is slightly different. Once you have created your own profile with all the options you want, it will be saved in the app on your pc/device, but to save it to the keyboards onboard memory you must select the "device settings" tab and look at the bottom portion of that window. Here you will see the "onboard memory", from here you can overwrite a profile or create a new one with all your current settings and preferences. Once your new profile is saved to the memory you can activate it directly on the keyboard while it is connected to any device, even if iCue is not installed on it. The other portion of this neat feature, is the question on how to activate it. The profiles themselves can easily be switched to using the "profile" button that looks like a person's torso above the F10 key. There is no indicator or display to let you know which profile you are on. They are activated in the order they were saved, and will re-scroll the list as many times as you want. The missing direction here is how to activate your saved "hardware lighting" effects, just hold down the "FN" button and press "`" (the tilde key). If you are in the correct profile you will get the effect you want. You can always select any of the 10 preset lighting effects by holding the "FN" button and pressing any of the regular number keys (not the top row numbered function keys). macros could be used to help out with tedious tasks, for example in Minecraft. If you wanted to recreate a small structure several times on your map, you could record a macro of you creating the structure, and then activate that macro in the next spot you want it created. There you will have a perfect replica anywhere you want, providing you stocked up on the required materials. The optional gaming keycaps included in the box are actually very nice, and give just enough difference in feel to provide a slight advantage when finding and using those keys. All the keys on the keyboard are PBT which is one of the most durable materials for keys out there, and in my opinion offer a superior grip feeling anyway. The included gaming keycaps have slightly raised edges and a more pronounced grip pattern to further this advantage. Most people looking at this keyboard should already know this, but "TKL" = Tenkeyless , which simply means there is no number keypad The "Champion Series" title comes from a set of features based on the input of several esports professionals over the years. The biggest features include the Cherry Silver switches, compact layout, Windows lock key, PBT keycaps, contoured FPS and MOBA keycaps , 8000Hz hyper-polling rate, and a tournament switch. The tournament switch shuts off any and all customizations for macros, key assignments, and lighting. It provides a solid background light( by default is red, but can be changed), to cut down on distractions. It also locks the Window's key to prevent accidental key presses, which could remove you from your game. The media controls are dedicated keys located along the top of the keyboard, and offer the basic controls for music or videos. The mute button and volume scroll are located to the top right. The volume scroll has a little resistance to it, to prevent from over scrolling and accidentally maxing your volume out. The keyboard itself is actually pretty heavy, which I prefer, it gives the keyboard a sense of durability and helps prevent the keyboard from shifting around on the table during intense games. The aluminum body and the 1.5mm thick PBT keycaps only add to the durability of the unit. The included cable is a 6ft USB-C cable. With the cable being a USB-C, it makes this keyboard more portable, in that you can simply unplug the cable from the top of the keyboard, and leave it connected to your pc. Then you can use any length USB-C cable to connect it to any other device. Because of its compact design, I will place it on my lap for a more comfortable typing experience when I'm not gaming. When I am gaming, this keyboard is incredible, it is ultra fast and accurate with every game I have tried. I don't have to waste time bottoming out every key either. The increased polling rates make rapid firing a breeze, even turning around is seamless. Everything about this keyboard is super responsive, and dead on. There are two reasons this keyboard is so quick. One is the Axon Hyper-Processing technology which can increase your polling rate up to 8 times faster than other gaming keyboards. The second reason is the MX Cherry Silver switch that all the keys have. The Silver switch is MX Cherry's fastest switch they have ever made, primarily because of the shorter actuator distance. Cherry's typical gaming switches ( ie, the Red ) have a 2mm actuator distance, the Silver's is only 1.2mm. Making the switch extremely fast and responsive. Sometimes it feels like I haven't even touched the key, but it still registers. Finally a keyboard that works as fast as my fingers, and should never miss a beat with the NKRO(full N-Key rollover) and 100% anti-ghosting (meaning all keys will register no matter how fast they are pressed). Of course all this speed can be muted by other factors, like the games software or internet speeds. The keyboard does not come with a wrist pad, but I would definitely recommend getting one. Corsair offers one specific for this model, but if you already have one handy it might just line up fine. There is also no water resistance rating on this keyboard, so even though Corsair offers a 2 year warranty, it will be voided from water damage, so keep your drinks at a distance. Overall this keyboard is just fantastic, the performance is off the charts. It offers everything a casual gamer and professional gamer would want. Plus it has an unlimited amount of customizations available to keep everyone happy.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing TKL gaming keyboard- April 10, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Corsair just plain makes the best keyboards out there for gaming and literally everything else in between. I've used my K95 Platinum since it's release and still will continue to use it. Enter the K70 TKL and wow, amazing gaming KB for all my moba and FPS needs. In the box you'll find the keyboard itself (no wrist rest), keycap puller, replacement keys for FPS and MOBA games, and the USB A to C cable. Btw the keys themselves on the board are Cherry MX. iCue immediately recognized the keyboard and added it to my profile (see pic). 100% customizable using iCue with personal profiles and lighting effects. Even if you plug into a PC or whatever without iCue or just not compatible with it, you can still create a profile and save it to the KB itself (up to 50, Lighting up to 20) as it has 8MB built into it. Tournament switch is nifty, as I haven't used it yet. Flip the switch and it becomes tourney compliant and makes the lighting static to just 1 color to avoid distractions. All macros and customizations are disabled until the switch is turned off. It took me a little bit to get used to a TKL design as I am way too used to the K95. After a couple of days, it just became natural to use it. Been playing CoD, PUBG, Outriders and LoL. Keys are super responsive and feel great. Not too clicky or loud. The build quality is superb, aluminum frame with plastic and looks great. Compared to my K95, it is insanely light, but not in a bad way. Need a TKL board? I would recommend the K70 in a heartbeat.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.