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Corsair K70 RGB mechanical keyboard review: Plenty of potential undercut by terrible software

Hayden Dingman | Jan. 2, 2015
Corsair's K70 RGB and K95 RGB should be the best RGB mechanical keyboards thanks to real Cherry MX switches, but the software side is a broken nightmare.

It's ugly, though. Set up an effect that lasts anymore than 5-10 seconds and you'll notice that it actually steps between three or four values instead of actually creating a smooth gradient. That's a major issue when you're trying to sell me on an RGB keyboard.

And Corsair's software is also an unintuitive labyrinth of menus. Creating an effect requires you to go to a secondary lighting menu, creating a new effect, then figuring out how to use Corsair's bizarre line-graph interface (Hint: Right-click) and then figuring out how to change the color of the nodes you made (Hint: Right click again) and then assigning it a name and then finally dragging it onto a group of keys.

You can make some great effects. Gorgeous, even, despite the stepping issues. But damn does it take patience.

Bottom line
I had high hopes for the K70 thanks to its inclusion of real, honest Cherry MX switches. Those hopes were mostly dashed, however. The K70's light leakage issues, its stepped-gradient LEDs, and its unfriendly configuration software were enough to offset the benefits of my familiar Blue switches.

The stepping issue is something I hope can still be fixed in a future firmware or software update, though don't take my word for it. If it does, I'd be happy to adjust the score since I think this is otherwise a solid keyboard and could even be great if the issues are fixed. Even so, I'm annoyed it shipped in this condition. If your key feature is 16.8 million colors, you'd better ship with 16.8 million colors.


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