A good deal of time has passed since we saw Corsair’s first keyboards and we praised their effort in creating something that stood out while embracing mechanical keyboard technology. We aren’t as impressed with the K70 today because there are many more mechanical keyboards out there. However, the K70 looks incredible. The brushed aluminum is beautiful to look at and pleasant to touch in contrast to the usual plastic enclosure seen with other keyboards. The way the backlight floods out from beneath the keys is striking and giving the impression that the rest of the keyboard glows. The backlights are also silly bright; even the lowest setting is as bright as the brightest most other individually backlit keyboards can output.
$110 for both the silver and black model is huge for those who look at all this as “just a keyboard.” The fact remains however, that the K70 is a keyboard that uses Cherry mechanical switches. It’s not just a good premium keyboard; it’s a very good premium keyboard. The black model only comes with Cherry MX Red switches, but the silver model is available with Blues and Browns. (Update: The black model is now also available with Blue switches and Brown switches) The Cherry MX Red models we reviewed are very good for gaming as a result of the switch mechanism’s low resistance despite being unforgiving of typing mistakes. Otherwise, the Blues and Browns would be the superior personal choice.
On that note, Corsair’s willingness to respond to popular sentiment is particularly what makes the Vengeance K70 special. I like that there’s more than one popular color to choose from and that there is a selection of Cherry switches. The aggressive, but controlled gamer style is compatible with a wide variety of battlestations and the mechanical switch experience is not inhibited by any poor design choices. Key-by-key backlighting and the small kit of textured keycaps add a subtle level of customizability. Even if most of the keyboard isn’t inspiring, it isn’t necessary. This is Corsair showing again it understands what gamers and PC enthusiasts want.
Legit Bottom Line: Corsair’s Vengeance K70 is another mechanical keyboard that meets expectations, but impresses with an aesthetic that can’t be found elsewhere.