Corsair K70 RGB Review

Logitech G413 Carbon Review
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CORSAIR K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - USB Passthrough & Media Controls - Fastest & Linear - Cherry MX Speed - RGB LED Backlit

  • Corsair's fastest mechanical keyboard, ever. Keyboard Cable Type: Braided
  • 100% anti-ghosting and full key rollover on USB / 100% Cherry MX Speed gaming key switches with ultra-fast 1.2mm actuation and light 45g force
  • Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame for superior durability / Advanced lighting control and large font keycaps deliver dynamic, vibrant backlighting

Overview

Well made, water proof keyboard that can take rage quits and has personally out lasted the authors DasKeyboard!

The new mechanical keyboard K70 RGB by Corsair is a favorite for programmers and gamers alike. We like the mechanical keyboard because the keys have a springy and precise feel to them. With the K70, Corsair has introduced the “Cherry MX Speed” keys, which definitely have enhanced the keyboard experience.

Features Overview

  • Key Type: There are a few extra features we liked on this keyboard, starting with the macro keys, MX Speed buttons, and media keys that distinguish it from the older version. The space bar is also textured, and the keys come with extra key caps to switch out. We found it to be very easy to switch out the key caps, making the change out quick. With the removable keys it makes everything easy to clean, especially since the keys are in an aluminum deck, with nowhere for dust and crumbs to go. Another plus is that there is 100% anti-ghosting and 104 key-rollover on USB. We loved how responsive the buttons were, and the keys seem to be quicker and more responsive than other keyboards we have tested.
  • Lighting: The backlit RGP keys are very bold and bright, which can be a bit distracting but also useful in one is accustomed to playing in dimly lit or darker rooms. Corsair does provide a utility engine to mess with the back lighting. The keyboard has full spectrum color in this utility link. This will allow you to connect the keyboard, mouse, and headset, making the lighting experience quite unique. The default lighting schemes are pretty simple to modify, but anything more complex would take a lot of time to change. The possibilities with the CUE are unlimited. There is a full suite of programming options for lighting effects. You can use as little or as much of this robust utility as you want. There is also an option to turn the lighting off all together if it becomes too much of a distraction.
  • Build Quality: The aluminum board that the keyboard is made of feels heavier and more solid than that of average keyboards. In fact, it is aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, making it very durable. We found that we could use it just as easily at the office as we could as a keyboard. It is very sturdy and can withstand a lot of abuse. The USB cords are braided, making them less susceptible to tangles, but this also means that they don’t fold away very easily. One cord is a USB pass through, which if not needed will just hang there.
Keybaord product image K70

Design

Corsair’s LUX line of keyboards for gaming are often in the top 10 list of many reviews. There are three types of Cherry MX switches to choose from, and all are designed to match your play style. Especially with their large front key caps and programmable lighting schemes, this has the potential to up your gameplay with the on-the-fly macro programming.

The Rapidfire features are great to use, and makes good use of space, letting the keys have room. The textured wrist wrest was also a big plus, as it can come on and off at your whim. The media buttons are very discreet, and there is an option for ‘game mode’, which disables keys that could interrupt gameplay.

The keyboard comes in at 18.6 x 8.3 inches, so it isn’t small by any means. However, it does make good use of space. It gives the keys breathing room, which is great if you like to not have your fingers cramped together during play. It also has the large detachable wrist wrest.

The big difference between the standard RGB and the Rapidfire is the alternative textured keys. These keys helped us immensely during gaming. If your fingers get sweaty from intense gameplay, particularly from first person shooter matches, the textured keys ensure you always know and feel which buttons you are pressing.

K70 close up of switches

Performance

We were very happy with the performance of the Corsair K70. The extremely responsive Cherry Red keys make for accurate and fast typing. The soft touch on the surface of the keys makes for a good grip for all those long gaming sessions.

The labeling on the keys as well as the backlighting on the keyboard really made it easy for us to see a clear readout. The contoured keys aren’t as clear, as they don’t display the secondary function of the particular key. We found the backlighting on the media keys to be a little weak, but this is not a huge issue.

The contoured keys were our favorite part of the keyboard, and they worked really well. They provide the right amount of tactile cue, which in turn made it easier to locate and relocate the right finger position when in the middle of a game.

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Corsair K70 Pros & Cons

PROS & CONS

  • Discreet media keys are optimal for gaming
  • Colorful lighting can be manipulated based on what you want
  • Great for e-sports, especially with the Cherry MX Speed switches
  • Premium look and feel because of its brushed aluminum housing
  • Contoured keys excellent for gaming
  • Mechanical switches make for good typing capability
  • Keys have a smooth, soft touch that allows for good grip
  • Options to switch color and types for the keys
  • Contoured keys don’t have secondary function labels
  • Keys don’t have noise dampening, making them rather noisy
  • No dedicated gaming keys
  • Set up software is also very complex if you want to have any advanced color schemes or advanced macro programming
  • Set up software is also very complex if you want to have any advanced color schemes or advanced macro programming

Conclusion

Most Corsair K70 RGB reviews have it listed as being one of the fullest featured keyboards for e-sports on the market. The responsive switches and lighting are huge pluses as well. It also performs better than most keyboards out on the market. The main downside to this keyboard was the lack of programmable G keys, but those are necessary for all gaming situations. If you’re buying the keyboard for gaming or for typing, you really can’t go wrong with this model. But if you're still looking for other models, check out our review of the best gaming keyboards for 2018.

While the Logitech G413 Carbon doesn’t boast about a wide array of extra features, it still stands up as a high-quality keyboard for gaming. The simplistic quality allows the Logitech G413 Carbon to serve your given purposes while saving you money. Its simplicity is also what makes it possible for the product to be sold at a relatively affordable cost.

While features such as playback lighting are disappointingly not included, the keyboard’s scientifically proven durability and speed are enough to enhance your game without all the extra features that some lesser keyboards may charge you extra for.

That is why, unless your entire quest to find the right keyboard is based in a desire for certain special features, we believe that the Logitech G413 Carbon is a great buy. It is sure to help you play a great game and be a competitive force in the online gaming world.



Every keyboard on the market has its positive and negative aspects. The Logitech G413 Carbon does not escape this universal truth. However, that does not take away from the great effectiveness of the keyboard. By looking at the clear positives and negatives, you can be sure that you are buying a keyboard that will serve you best. Sometimes you may need the extra bells and whistles of a more complicated keyboard to complete all the actions you want. In other cases, the practical simplicity of the Logitech G413 Carbon will effectively serve everything you need it to and bolster your game to the most powerful it can be.

All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus tends to set a high bar for thin and powerful gaming laptops and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming laptop with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

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Asus ROG Strix GL502

The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

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Therefore, this gaming laptop from Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.
So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

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Gigabyte Aero 14
There is no doubt that gaming laptops from Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming
As far as aesthetics are concerned, you would find this laptop to be so red that it might even blind you momentarily. However, when you get back to normal, you would also agree that this would be one of its most eye-catching features. The palm rest and keyboard deck has been made black with red color accents on the keyboard. All this would be complete with a red backlight. As for those people who would like to go with a more subtle look, an all-black variant has also been made.
Weighing only six pounds and just being an inch thick, anyone and everyone would be able to tell that you are carrying a Dell laptop in your backpack.
Other than all this, we would also like to point out that the hinge on this laptop would undoubtedly be the best hinge that has been used by us in a while.

Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.
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However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a gaming laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

About the Author: Olivia Huntington

Hey You Guys! (Sorry I can't resist a good Goonies reference), as you may have guessed I'm a child of the 80's. I've grown up playing video games such as Doom, Quake, Quake 2 and Half-life which obviously lead me to a serious Counter Strike addiction.

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Thus, that brings us to the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops in 2107. Hopefully this would have armed you with enough information to make a smart and rational purchase decision at the end of the day. In addition, it should also have made you aware of the particular features and specifications that you should be keeping an eye out for.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.