The Corsair K70 mechanical gaming keyboard is an utter workhorse. Ruggedly-built and featuring crisp mechanical keys, the K70 is more than capable of handling any intense gaming sessions you can throw at it. Sporting a black brushed aluminum body, the K70 is of high strength and low weight in comparison to other mechanical keyboards on the market.

The Corsair K70’s mechanical keys feature crisp and responsive Cherry MX key switches and, while they are a bit too quiet for my tastes (I prefer audible clicks), they are extremely responsive. This all plays into the 104 key rollover and anti-ghosting tech built into the K70. You can jam down a huge number of keys and not get any degradation in input going to the computer.

Installing the K70 is very easy. You simply plug it into a USB 2.0 port and start typing away. The K70 is a macro-less keyboard, so no software needs to be installed in order to use it. Some  may feel the lack of macros to be a drawback but I never use them much in practice.

The lighting scheme on the Corsair K70 is simple. It is just red backlighting with multiple brightness levels. There is an updated model of K70 out, the K70 RGB, which has full RGB lighting instead. I didn’t mind this lack of color variety as the backlighting is bright enough to let me use it in dark rooms and is not distracting.

I was fortunate to try out the K70 in several of my favorite current titles: Fallout 4, DOOM, Master of Orion. The keyboard just works. It may not be super fancy, but it works. I never had to worry about it failing and the K70 never came up short. It even sports a pass through USB port so you can plug your gaming mouse into it. I LOVE this feature. It may seem like a no-brainer, but it makes organizing your desktop and cables a lot easier.

Overall, the Corsair K70 mechanical gaming keyboard is an excellent gaming keyboard for those of you needing sheer performance without all the bells and whistles of super-expensive models. It may not have full RGB lighting or macros but it effortlessly does the two most important jobs a gaming keyboard can do: Being responsive and comfortable.

The Corsair K70 mechanical gaming keyboard retails for $129.99

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