Gamers don’t mind spending a little bit, or even a lot extra if it helps them kill a few more zombies or survive a battle a longer. That is why there is a huge market for niche gaming accessories from precision mouses to keyboard and headset. And Corsair is one of the top names in this business. The latest launch from Corsair is the K70 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.
The K70 is built for action and is heavier than your average keyboard, much heavier. That is because this one has an anodised, brushed aluminum chassis. Even the long double USB cable connectors are covered by braided fabric giving it a professional feel. The keyboard comes with an extra rubberised wrist rest which comes in handy when you are playing long winding strategy games. The tactile keys are contoured to give the best experience and there are extra keys for Mute and multi-media controls.
There is well-crafted volume roller, which I mistook first to be something else. The extra USB connector has been added for users who will need extra power for the keyboard while using USB 2.0. For users with USB 3.0 the extra cord will have to dangle needlessly.
The keyboard comes with so many customisation options that it will take a full sheet to write just that. But let us be clear about one thing, this is not for dummies. You need to download the K70 firmware to get started with the all RGB lighting fun on the keyboard. It could be a bit too much for the average user. While the backlighting can be changed according to your preference, key by key if needed, the average non-gaming user can can play around with the brightness controls of the backlighting.
The mature user can use the Corsair utility dashboard to customise how each key lights up on the keyboard, though I am not sure having each key in a different colour would be of much use, even for gamers. However, the dashboard is super easy to use, even for dummies, and lets you select a key and assign a colour for it. You can save different lighting combinations and switch back and forth as needed. There are even YouTube videos of guys implementing a wave effect on the keys using the dashboard. All great fun, but not for me.
Even the keystroke speed can be customised and you better keep it in the mid range as the keys are too sensitive for regular use otherwise.
There is no doubt that the K70 RGB is among the best keyboards money can buy, even if you are not a gamer. While it takes a few minutes adjust your fingers to the amount to travel and response a mechanical keyboard can give, it gives you immense pleasure to type on it after that initial period. The keys are extra sensitive and even the slightest brush on another key results in a stroke. So you typing accuracy will be all over the place in the first few days. But this is not an issue with gamers. I did not tend to imply that they don’t type much, but that gamers have limited or no use for the rest of the keys. And they have no issue of accuracy with the dozen odd keys that matter.
At Rs 14,500, the K780 RGB has great trophy value for gamers who have the money to buy it and the time to sit and configure the lighting effects on their keyboard. I am not so sure about the others.