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Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - VENGEANCE MX Red, RED LED
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- Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switches - 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 per key programmability to light up just the keys you need.
- Contoured, Textured WASD Keycaps - Keep your eyes on the action with easy to locate FPS keys
- Anodized Black Brushed Aluminum Chassis - Professional-Grade look and feel plus the rugged durability needed for hours of gaming
- Full Key Matrix Anti-Ghosting with 20-Key Rollover - Every keystroke translates into accurate gameplay-even when multiple keys are pressed.
- Cherry MX Red mechanical switches
- Deep red LED backlighting
- Six dedicated multimedia keys
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The Vengeance K70 Gaming Keyboard: 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.
Customizable to your style of play
The all-important WASD and 1-6 keys are contoured and textured, so you can find them fast, and enjoy fast gaming action with less chance of your fingers missing their mark. You can program backlighting for each key independently, so you can set up a custom-lit key binding and save it to onboard memory.
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.
100% Cherry MX Red Switches
You get smooth, linear key response for ultra fast double and triple taps without the audible click.
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. You can save your favorite lighting pattern directly to the K70 onboard memory and take your light map with you.
Brushed Aluminum Chassis
The K70 frame has a professional-grade look and feel, plus the rugged durability you need for hours of gaming.
Every keystroke translates into accurate gameplay—even when multiple keys are pressed. There’s no signal degradation, and it keeps up with you, no matter how fast you play.
Easy access multimedia control
You don’t just play games – you play music and video, too. Play, stop, pause, skip tracks and adjust volume directly from the K70.
Contoured, textured WASD
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.
Soft-touch wrist rest
Give your wrists a break, or take it off if it gets in the way.
An extra USB connector is provided. It’s great for attaching a Vengeance gaming mouse or headset.
Corsair Keyboard CH-9000011-NA Vengeance K70 Keyboard Retail
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The main body is cut from a piece of extruded aluminum with a shallow fold in the center that houses the key switches. The brushed, black anodized finish is incredibly done and has a has a beautiful deep-brushed texture. The black anodized Corsair logo is milled into the top of the aluminum frame and oozes sleek looks and how well built the keyboard is. The included wrist rest has a hard rubber finish (great for sliding your wrists around during typing) and snaps on from the back and feels robust for being plastic.The cable for the K70 is very thick and has a beautiful, tight-weave, braided black fabric sleeve that runs the entire length and splits into two red USB plugs (one for the keyboard, the other optional for a USB pass-through from the back of the keyboard). The back has four feet than can be flipped out to raise the board in any tilted configuration you can come up with.
They MX Red switches on the black version that I own are utterly amazing to type with. They are linear and have a very well tuned actuation which feels smooth and precise. The actuation travel happens about 1/3 of the way down and there is no bump or click. The whole actuation feels very smooth and event-less and feels totally foreign to a typical bubble dome key. The MX Reds are no-nonsense, quality keys and typing on them for the first time is really impressive. These switches have many benefits for gaming; the rebound is very quick and quick presses of a key are easily achieved and doesn't tire your fingers. The keys are not too bouncy, which is excellent for typing, but they do return quickly enough for fast tapping or repeated presses.
The main key layout is fairly standard, but the keys themselves sit very high off the aluminum frame which looks great but also allows for easy removal and cleaning; this is probably my favorite aspect of the K70. The keys are all inwardly (concave) curved on one axis (curving side to side) and feel very comfortable on your fingers. The spacebar is outwardly curved (convex) and has a fine triangle texture on it that helps for fps gaming and for accurate, fast actuation in typing. The plastic keycaps feels like they are coated with either epoxy or some other tough resin and have a very subtle 'soft-touch' feel to the material. The font on the keys is easily legible, but is slightly informal for my tastes (just my opinion). There are also optional gaming keys for WASD and numbers 1-5 that have a red, textured finish and heavily exaggerated curving to help you space your hand for WASD control. I don't use these personally, but it's a great option to have. The media keys on the top right are one of my other favorite parts of the K70; they are made from a nice rubberized plastic and are simple in layout and function (in order: Stop, Skip back, Play/Pause, Skip forward). Above the media keys is a mute button a volume roller. The roller is wide and made from black-anodized aluminum with an engraved diamond pattern on it; it's lightly dampened and is incredibly precise and is loads of fun to play with! To the left of the volume rocker are three buttons to control the lighting mode (individual control vs. all keys), a brightness button (Modes: LEDs off, and three levels of brightness), and a windows lock key that lights up when you engage it. There are also three white LEDs just to the right before the volume roller that indicate numlock, capslock, and scroll-lock.
The backlighting on the keys on the black K70 looks fantastic and ominous in its saturated and striking red hue. The three brightness levels are well spaced and on the brightest setting I can easily see them under a bright light (at night this setting is blinding!) The high keys allow for much of the LED light to spill out onto the aluminum frame and glow back at you. Really cool stuff and it helps you see which keys are lit up on the program modes. If you press the lighting mode key you can light individual keys by holding down the button; it will blink allowing you to press buttons and light them individually, then holding the button again allows you to set the keys you have chosen for that mode. Pressing the lighting mode button again will turn on all of the lights. A hidden function of the lighting mode button is to put the keyboard into individual lighting mode and then hold the mode button and the control key for a few seconds: the keys will now light up for about 1/2 second after you press them and then turn off. It's not useful, but it looks really cool! (holding down the same two buttons will disengage this mode).
Overall the key accuracy and feel of typing on the K70 is purely enjoyable on every level. Smooth and precise, comfortable and engaging. Here are my overall thoughts on the Black K70 with MX Reds:
- Outstanding build quality, materials, and design
- Very durable and beautiful frame/finish
- Smooth, accurate keystrokes for effortless typing and pressing(even better for gaming!)
- Tall key switches/caps for easy cleaning and a flexible typing space
- Optional contoured gaming keycaps
- Included keycap puller
- Useful and great-looking backlighting
- Lots of lighting modes and interesting possibilities
- Well thought out media keys are the best volume control I've ever used
- Thick, robust cabling with impeccable sleeving
- USB pass-through on the back of the keyboard (single)
- Overall, clean and amazing aesthetics to match the performance
- Blacklighting on the number keys isn't quite even (the alternate functions light up brighter than the numbers on the bottom)
- Wrist rest could be slightly larger/taller
- Tall key position might put some people off (this is preference, personally I enjoy this)
- Only backlighting color is red, again this comes down to preference
This is a fantastic keyboard, and one I hope to use for a very long time. Corsair nailed this design and it pulls out all the stops in terms of build quality, typing/usability, and aesthetics. I highly recommend getting this keyboard not only for gaming, but for a fantastic typing experience.
And this aluminum keyboard is definitely not priced for tweens. I bought mine from corsair directly, so you're paying ~130 before any taxes or shipping. It's expensive for sure, but for being full mechanical and being of such high build quality, to me it's worth it.
Now, the PROS:
-Keys are buttery smooth. I'm currently using an older Razer Tarantula with membrane keys and the difference is HUGE. The K70 only requires slight, even pressure to actuate the keys. My old tarantula took a bit more force and the actuation was gummy instead of smooth and light like the K70.
-Wrist rest is MUCH better than the old K60. The K70 wrist wrest is like the old K90, it's as wide as the keyboard with a slight inclination. I've used the K60 in stores and the wrist wrest was too high relative to the keyboard and forced you to place to keyboard too far away from the edge of your desk due to it's front-back length.
-Individual key backlighting. You hit the backlight program button, then select the keys you want lit, and done. Simple.
Reactive key lighting. Turning this feature on is not in the quick start guide (and mine didn't come with a manual). To turn it on, hold down the right control button and the backlight on-off button at the same time. Now every key you hit will light up temporarily. UPDATE 4/30/13. Reactive lighting is disabled every time you shut down the keyboard. Can't get it to stay on.
-Media controls and volume dial. The aluminum volume dial is GREAT, there's a perfect amount of resistance. I really wish my Logitech G500 had the same type of scrolling resistance. It's firm, unlike the loose-feeling scrolling of most computer mice. And you've got all your media controls in tow as well.
-The pass-through USB female connector is a downgrade from the K60. The K60 female USB plug was NOT flush with the back of the keyboard, it was on a slightly lifted off island on the back of the unit, which made it easy to find. The K70 female USB port is somewhat flush with the rest of the keyboard = more difficult to find. There is a little bit of a notch to the right of the connector to help guide you, but it's still not completely separate like it was on the K60. I personally don't use the pass through either way, but would see this being more of a minor nuisance (and downgrade).
-In the mean time, availability. I purchased mine at corsair, which released it first. I believe NCIX has them in stock, and Newegg should as of this review's posting date. Other than that, good luck finding it.
Cons (update after 2 days of use):
-With full key backlighting, everything looks great except for keys that have symbols above them. Namely the numeric keys above the letters. The backlight illuminates the symbols 100% due to the positioning of the LED, but the actual numbers are only about 30% lit. To me it's not that detracting from the appeal, but it is a shame that it was overlooked. Note, this only applies to the 1-0 keys above the letters. For some odd reason the numeric pad on the right doesn't have this problem.
-It's still new so the quality and durability of the lettering on the keys is yet to be determined. I'll update if any discernible fading is noticed.
-I've also ordered some 50A o-rings to see if they dampen the bottoming out of the keys. I'm hoping to shorten the strokes of the keys, I don't really mind the mild clack from the key bottoming out on the aluminum backplate.
-The 50A orings from amazon are in (Buna O-Ring, 50A Durometer, Round, Black. I installed them on the central keys of the keyboard. Easy install, look up the older K60 keyboard on corsair.com for an install video, then insert each oring on the underside of the key. I just used a pen to push the oring deep into the key.
-Technical data states that cherry reds take 2mm to actuate from the upper position, then another 4mm to bottom out after the actuation point. Installing these orings makes it feel about 2mm on both sides of actuation.
-Ok, so enough of the technical mumbo jumbo. These orings make the keyboard feel GREAT. The movement of the keys was always super smooth, but the problem was that after activation, the amount of travel to bottom out felt VERY long (it's the 2mm vs 4mm discrepancy that you feel). With the orings, the whole key travel is shortened. In essence it feels like my old tarantula's short-travel keys (which is a positive thing!). Travel to actuation is exactly equal to actuation to bottoming out.
-As for bottom out, you don't hear the loud *clack* of plastic upon aluminum anymore, it is much more muted with the orings. If not having orings equaled a clack of 100 points of loudness, installing orings literally halves the noise to 50. Bottoming out the keys is no longer the loudest aspect of the keyboard. When the keys rebound into their upper position, there's another *clack* noise, but this one is ~70ish points of loudness relative to the original bottoming out noise. This rebounding noise is much more livable, I don't think your significant others in the next room will complain.
-And I type more accurately/faster with the shortened throw of the keys, which is what this thing is meant for, hah.
I just finished replacing all the larger keys (enter, shift, space), and I found out that Corsair is AWESOME, they did away with the stabilizer bars. So, in order to pop these keys off, you just center the key remover and pull. No need to fuss around with the steel bar that's under other cherry red keyboards. +1 for Corsair for easy key cap replacement.
League of Legends require my fingers to be on the keys QWER and thumb to be on space bar. Space bar is used quite often since it is used to reposition the game camera. However, with my fingers on QWER, I can only comfortably hit the spacebar on the left edge.
However after a couple months of usage, I found that the right side of the space bar will pop up very often when pressing the left side of the space bar, rendering it impossible to press the space bar from the left edge until I push the right side back down again. My character in the game will be out of view and I will be trying to reposition the camera with no success until I realize that I need to pop back down the spacebar again, making it very frustrating to play the game.