Cor­sair K70 RGB RapidFire

Fast and fu­ri­ously premium.

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Cor­sair is clearly aim­ing for the premium with the K70 RGB RapidFire, and for the most part, its aim is true. The switches and keys are all sur­face-mounted and look par­tic­u­larly strik­ing atop the brushed alu­minium face — es­pe­cially when the RGB lights are in full swing. The de­tach­able palm rest is a pleas­ant rub­berised plas­tic to al­le­vi­ate the harsh­ness of the brushed alu­minium.

It has a wealth of in­cluded con­ve­niences, in­clud­ing USB passthrough port, ded­i­cated polling rate switch, kick-feet, ded­i­cated me­dia con­trols and a vol­ume slider. The key­caps have a slightly shorter face than stan­dard and come with a larger font, plus Cor­sair is us­ing Cherry MX Speed (Sil­ver) switches which have a shorter ac­tu­a­tion dis­tance for faster typ­ing. While the ma­jor­ity of the smaller keys feel solid, snappy and re­spon­sive, the larger keys have an un­com­fort­able wob­ble and loud rat­tle when typ­ing, and the space­bar comes with the same faux di­a­mond plate tex­ture found on the re­place­ment keys. The USB cable is braided and ex­cep­tion­ally chunky thanks to the dual-USB plugs on the other end — you’ll need both if you’re us­ing USB 2.0 but only one for 3.0. Cor­sair’s soft­ware is in­cred­i­bly de­tailed in both its macro and light­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions, ideal for tweak­ing but a bit of a hin­drance for sim­ple ad­just­ments.

The premium build and unique aes­thetic far out­weigh the short­com­ings of the K70 RGB Rapidfire, but you’ll have to de­cide if this bal­ances out to $195 worth of key­board.

Ver­dict

A premium in both style and price, but with lots of added ex­tras to soften the hit to the wal­let.

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