Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Looking closer at the Vengeance K70 (Part 1)

The Vengeance K70 is available in two colors: black with red lights and silver with blue lights. The silver color is also available with Cherry MX Blue and Brown switches.

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The Vengeance K70 has a standard 104 key layout with dimensions of 17.25(L)x6.5(W)x1.5(H) inch / 437(L)x166(W)x38(H) mm. Attaching the wristrest increases the keyboard width to 8.25 inches. The keyboard enclosure is constructed from plastic and aluminum. The reinforcing plate to which the keys are mounted is exposed.

On the top right of the keyboard are multimedia keys for Play/Pause, Next, Back, Stop, and Mute. A rolling bar controls volume. To the left of the media keys are three buttons, from left to right: key-by-key backlight toggle, backlight intensity control, and Windows key lock.

The K70 has a thick braided 6-foot USB cable that terminates with two plugs. Only one of the USB plugs is necessary to power the keyboard; the other plug handles USB passthrough.

A slider switch near the USB passthrough controls the keyboard polling rate. By default, “1” is 1000 MHz and goes down to 750 MHz, 500 MHz, abd 250 MHz. Sliding the switch all the way to “BIOS” will put the keyboard into a compatibility mode for BIOS that may not recognize the K70.

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The K70 allows for key-by-key backlighting. As the user instructions direct, press and hold the backlight button until the ring around it lights up. Then, press each keyboard key to turn the backlight on or off. It’s much quicker to get around than with a software implementation.

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All of the 104 keys are backed by a Cherry MX Red mechanical switch. It’s also cool to see that there are additional LEDs under the spacebar to add to the backlight effect that spills from under the keys and onto the backplate.

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  • YB THE KING

    Have just bought it and man what a keyboard… I must admit i am becoming a Corsair fanboy, but it is for the most obvious of reasons: CORSAIR KNOWS WHAT WE WANT & WHAT WE NEED..!

    This is simply the main reasons, for me to change every last bit of hardware and accessories to Corsair.

    I have had several good brands within various hardware in my long gaming life, but I just have to conclude that Corsair is the only hardware manufacturer that complies with all the requirements I seek, such as quality, usability, features and large selection and silent products .

    • YB THE KING

      Bought the SILVER edition!!!

  • http://www.trajano.net/ Archimedes Trajano

    I haven’t bought the keyboard yet (price being a factor) but I have played around with it in the stores. I do agree with the assessment that it seems to be just a keyboard, but honestly that is exactly what I want.

    Having the standard layout with no extra keys on the side or some weird thing that goes on top or allowing breaking up the keyboard are generally useless additions for me.

    Although having a removable numeric pad for when I want to take the keyboard out with me (for the purposes of gaming only) would be nice.