Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

WASD keys with red backlight 2

Intro

The Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is the answer to customer complaints of the K60.  The K70 uses all Cherry MX switches with your choice of Red, Brown, or Blue switches, depending on your tactile feedback preferences.  It also has a few features that should interest typists more than gamers, too.

Ever since someone at work let me try their mechanical keyboard, I’ve been hooked.  Although I have been using computers for over thirty years, I had forgotten how fun they are to use.  A lot of the computers I learned on had mechanical keys, and most of the keyboards today use cheap membrane switches that require a lot of force and feel mushy.  Once you get used to a mechanical keyboard, you develop a light touch and your fingers do not hurt after a writing session.

Box with keyboard front

I’ve looked at pure typing solutions by companies such as Ducky, Das,and Unicomp (the makers of the original IBM Model M buckling spring keyboard).  During my research, gaming keyboards have come up as serious solutions for typists.  For the same price of a quality mechanical-switch keyboard, you get more features and eye candy.

 

Features

Looks great on your desktop
Not only is the K70 a remarkable gaming keyboard – it looks amazing, too. The brushed aluminum frame is black anodized for an impressive look, and the brilliant red backlighting gives it the unmistakable look of serious gaming machinery.

Designed for performance gaming
Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches provide fast, linear response and low-noise operation. Since the K70 is fully mechanical, you’ll get that response with any key you press. There’s a full key matrix anti-ghosting mechanism for perfect signal quality, and the full key rollover on USB ensures accuracy no matter how fast you play. The aluminum frame is lightweight and durable for hours and hours of intense play.


100% Cherry MX Red, Brown, or Blue Mechanical Key Switches
You get smooth, linear key response for ultra fast double and triple taps without the audible click.

Key-by-Key customizable backlighting
Deep red LEDs with adjustable brightness and key-by-key programmability to light up just the keys you need. It’s great for illuminating your key bindings for each game. It’s saved directly to the K70 onboard memory, so you can take your light maps with you.

Black anodized, brushed aluminum chassis
The K70 frame has a professional-grade look and feel, plus the rugged durability you need for hours of gaming.

100% Anti-Ghosting with full key rollover on USB
Every keystroke translates into exact gameplay—even when multiple keys have been pressed. There’s no signal degradation, and it keeps up with you, no matter how fast you play.

Contoured, textured WASD and 1-6 keycaps
Keep your eyes on the action with easy to locate FPS keys. An extra set of standard typing keycaps and a keycap replacement tool are provided for general typing.

Easy-access dedicated multimedia controls
You don’t just play games – you play music and video, too. Play, stop, pause, skip tracks and adjust volume directly from the K70.

USB pass-through
An extra USB connector is provided. It’s great for attaching a Vengeance gaming mouse or headset.

Soft-touch wrist rest
Give your wrists a break, or take it off if it gets in the way.