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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  • Stephen Barrett - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    I received a you-should-be-fired email to me and Anand on my second article. I bet I set a record. Reply
  • Stephen Barrett - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    Anand and I

    Fail
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  • DPUser - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    Anand and me.

    Fail Failed.
    Reply
  • Evil_Sheep - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    Oh god this is hilarious. Is there anything funnier than a would-be pedant who fails the most basic grammar test?

    Anyway, for this tempest in a teapot, I've spent a lot of time reading and writing academic articles...there's nothing wrong with this one. I don't need florid prose, this isn't the fucking New Yorker. Functional writing serves fine thank you and I just care about the content. Which is great as usual. Move on haters.
    Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    The local yokels desperately fear change. ;) Reply
  • just4U - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    I want to say you had a almost lazy approach that worked well for you because you developed it. (A compliment) Going to miss reading your articles here but nothing wrong with E's. Should never let the "to critical" get under your skins. Fact is he's engaging the readership in the feedback section and does some pretty detailed reviews. Styles are different is all and while they may be emulated I'd rather see the diversified approach everyone has.. I think most of the readership would agree on that. Reply
  • Bobs_Your_Uncle - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    @llias78: Please bring (back?) a modicum of respect & civility to your comments.

    Sorry llias78, but your critiquing skills are simply lacking. I have read the entirety of your comment above, and you frankly display no penchant for structured reasoning or contextual rhetorical formulation. Further, you fail to provide even the 1st shred of evidence upon which the greater readership might find hope for you to develop & display any cognitive or stylistic improvements at anytime during the upcoming year.

    While you are undeniably entitled to embrace any opinion you "feel like" embracing, & are entirely within your rights to express such "feelings" (consistent, of course, with any prevailing forum rules or guidelines), none-the-less, I dont think that you are well suited for the job of interpersonal communications.

    While I'm arguably no more "Sorry" than you advised that you were, I do find it regrettable that I was unable to arrive at any conclusions other than those I've noted above. So ... Sorry, but those are the conclusions I arrived at every time i reread your review comment.
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  • Rob94hawk - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - link

    When you can do better Illia78 and actually have something published under your name get back to us. Till then go drink a glass of shut the fuck up! I'm so sick of whiney ass pussies behind a keyboard that have nothing good to say. Reply
  • AppleCrappleHater2 - Monday, September 22, 2014 - link

    For the second time this year, I am left out in the cold waiting for another Corsair rebate. It may come eventually - who knows ... How long will this one take though? The first one was nearly 4 months late and now this one is late also.
    I know that rebates are a gamble but nonetheless I have the right to be annoyed when one doesn't come.
    Get your act together Corsair.
    I suspect I will get it but every time it's the same process with Corsair (obvious attempt to defraud the customer):

    - rebate delayed by 1 month to 1 year
    - rebate finally processed successfully and they claim payment sent
    - payment does not arrive by due date; phone call results in being told to "give it 6-8 more weeks" (they suggest it is the post office's fault)
    - another phone call results in them supposedly re-mailing the payment and telling me to wait another 8-10 weeks
    - sometimes it comes within 3 months. other times I have to repeat the previous step

    It is usually 8-12 months after the rebate was submitted by the time I actually get the prepaid credit card.

    I called Corsair today and as usual they gave me a song and dance. I asked at what point they would concede that my rebate is "lost" and send another. She outright refused to answer and kept repeating "I apologize for the delay." She then said that it's Visa's fault for not sending me the prepaid card and "out of our control."

    She then told me to wait another week and see if the card comes. I replied "ok, so I should call back in a week if it doesn't come?" She told me not to call back because it may take a week or a month and she reiterated the bit about it being Visa's fault and still refused to give me a definitive point when or even if they would send out another card.

    These people are crooks, plain and simple.
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  • JarredWalton - Monday, September 22, 2014 - link

    Off topic, much? I never know what to think about posts like this. Mail-in rebates are always a bit of a risk, but I'm guessing your post is just trolling of a company that at one point irritated you. Case in point: http://www.overclockers.com/forums/archive/index.p...

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    Ach3r0n, 07-22-09, 12:28 AM:

    For the second time this year, I am left out in the cold waiting for another Corsair rebate. It may come eventually - who knows ... How long will this one take though? The first one was nearly 4 months late and now this one is late also. I know that rebates are a gamble but nonetheless I have the right to be annoyed when one doesn't come. Get your act together Corsair.
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    So are you the same person posting the same starting text a full FOUR YEARS after being burned by Corsair? I find that highly unlikely, but I'll leave the comment with this post just so others can see that while you've added something to the original text, at least some of what you've said is from years ago.
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