Introduction

It has been twenty years since Corsair's first retail products hit the shelves and the company has undoubtedly come a very long way since then. What started as a small memory manufacturer is now a major global supplier of advanced computer components and peripherals. Today is the dawn of a new era for Corsair, as the company announced the establishment of their own gaming brand. The new division has been christened "Corsair Gaming", and with the name comes a new department and logo. The focus will be on the development of high performance gaming peripherals.

Alongside the announcement of their new department, Corsair is also releasing several new products, with the much-anticipated RGB keyboards being among them. The company dropped the "Vengeance" series name and the new keyboards are just called by the brand name and model. That means we're now looking at the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB (and not the keyboard formerly known as Vengeance K70 RGB or some variation on that theme).

This keyboard has probably had more hype between its announcement and release date than any other keyboard in the history of humankind. Ever since the first demos of the keyboard found their way into pictures and videos back in January, there have been myriad rumors about the capabilities of the keyboard and the new Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software. Some people even suggested that this is "just a Vengeance K70 with RGB LEDs", which could not be further from the truth. The truth is that the new Corsair Gaming K70 RGB introduces many new functions and far greater customizability than any previous Corsair mechanical keyboard.

Today we finally have a chance to go hands-on with the shipping hardware. Join us as we examine the keyboard, its capabilities, and the new CUE software.

Packaging & Bundle

 

We received the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB in a well-designed, attractive cardboard box, capable of providing more than enough protection during shipping. Inside the box is a minimalist bundle of just a few leaflets and a full size wrist rest. The wrist rest has a corona-treated surface that gives it a soft, comfortable rubber-like feeling. Corsair apparently ditched the extra set of contoured, textured "gaming" keycaps that we saw supplied with the Vengeance K70 and the Vengeance K60. As we mentioned in several previous articles, very few (if any) gamers would actually swap keycaps before gaming so Corsair understandably realized that this was little more than an unnecessary extra cost.

The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
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  • hughlle - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    Good writers do this thing called proof reading. Not the hardest thing to do on a 4 page review.. Reply
  • Tetracycloide - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    Not sure if serious... Reply
  • E.Fyll - Monday, September 22, 2014 - link

    My apologies that my typo mistake caused you to dislike the review so much. It has been fixed. I do hope that it will not be a reason for you not to buy the keyboard. Reply
  • RiDE - Monday, September 22, 2014 - link

    That new logo did more to deter me buying the keyboard than whatever these people think is wrong with your writing. I swear, this site and especially its forum has some of the worst-mannered users. Reply
  • just4U - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    I miss Dustin's writing style but I find E to be more thorough. They tackle their reviews differently is all. I've enjoyed reading all the case reviews by both of them here at Anandtech. Poor writing? Pfft.. And if Dustin is reading this... Tell Corsair I am not happy with them moving away from Seasonic. They can bite me. No more PSU purchases from me. Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    As a matter of fact I *am* reading this!

    So I can understand your frustration with us moving away from Seasonic, but you have to understand that we're not just selling Seasonic-rebranded PSUs. Unlike a lot of PSU vendors, we actually have an engineering team that does a LOT of the design and development on some of these. The majority of Corsair power supplies have engineering in them that you just plain can't buy from vendors who just do rebrands and slight tweaks on reference platforms.

    Between our QC checks and the fact that our PSU designs are this far removed from reference platforms, the manufacturer becomes much less relevant.
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  • just4U - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - link

    I understand that their not simple rebrandings. It's a collaboration really. But lets face it. That partnership was golden. Buying a Seasonic/Corsair PSU was a no brainer. They made one helluva good team and it drove Corsairs sales even on lesser units. It's a real shame that's ended. Reply
  • just4U - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - link

    It would be interesting to see what they could do with Inwin and/or Superflower if they ever got it into their heads to go that route. Anyway for now Im on the sidelines with their Power supplies but solidly in their camp with cases and ram (when it's in stock.. we get shortages here in Calgary it seems) Reply
  • YazX_ - Monday, September 22, 2014 - link

    how old are you? 3 years old?

    this is called TYPO, write an article and show us how many typos you will have.
    Reply
  • Barilla - Monday, September 22, 2014 - link

    As far as I know, Dustin is currently working for... Corsair ;) Reply

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