Corsair K70 Rapidfire Review

The Corsair K70 Rapid Fire is yet another hit from the world-renown manufacturer.

May 15, 2019

If there’s one thing that Corsair is known for, that’s quality, and the Corsair K70 is so exception. Large and built out of anodized aluminum, the Corsair K70 Rapid fire exudes quality and finesse. Using the widely-appreciated Cherry MX switch technology, precision, quality and high gaming performance are absolutely guaranteed. Don’t believe us? Let’s dig into our Corsair K70 Rapidfire review and see what’s on the table.

What we played: Overwatch, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Frostpunk

*This item was not provided by Corsair. It was purchased by Unleash The Gamer for review purposes only.

The Good The Bad
Rapid switch technologyLoud
Comfortable for all hand sizesOnly one color option
Media buttonsSlippery

Corsair K70 Rapidfire

Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

COMFORT

The Corsair K70 Rapidfire was built with comfort and functionality in mind. The high degree of comfort is possible thanks to the high-quality materials that Corsair used for this particular board. The textured, detachable armrest provides the ergonomics for long gaming sessions, while the similarly textured buttons and mechanical switches only add to the overall comfort on table. One hitch that may bother some people is the fact that it has no keycaps for lefties, so keep that in mind if these sorts of things matter to you.

DESIGN

corsair k70 rapidfire review pictureIn many respects, the Corsair K70 Rapidfire is very similar with its cousin, the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB keyboard. At 18.6 x 8.3, you can’t exactly call it a tiny keyboard. On the bright side, it makes excellent use of its space, with no redundant keys and features whatsoever. The keys have tons of breathing room, a feature which comes very handy in micro-management intensive games where you’ll find yourself pressing multiple keys in quick succession.

Vis a vis functionality, similar to the K70 RGB, the Rapidfire comes with a few handy media buttons as well as a volume rocker. On the same note, users will also find buttons for setting and controlling backlighting brightness, for activating ‘’game mode’’, which disables game-interrupting keys, and many other little things that improve the quality of gameplay. So, in terms of design, we can safely say that the Corsair K70 Rapid fire excels.

corsair k70 rapidfire review pictureIf there’s one thing we don’t like about the design is that it gets really dirty, really fast. The detachable ‘’soft-touch’’ wrist rest is patterned with small, shallow divots that are prone to dust and junk-build up. The same thing does for the spacebar, only instead of shallow divots, it has jagged vertical lines. If neglected, these components can become very dirty, requiring a toothbrush to clean. It’s not a deal breaker per se, but if you do decide to buy this keyboard, prepare yourself for regular maintenance work.

COMPACTNESS

Despite its size, the Corsair K70 Rapidfire is surprisingly compact, even with the wrist rest attached. If you’re tight on space, the Rapidfire is the perfect compromise, as it takes exactly how much space it needs.

corsair k70 rapidfire review pictureWhile this board might seem fragile at a first glance, the Rapidfire is anything but that. Though granted, it’s on the lighter side, the Corsair K70 Rapidfire features a sturdy body built out of anodized aircraft grade aluminum. With that in mind, we can safely say that his board is sturdy and has a quality feel to it. On, and there’s no way you’re knocking this bad boy off the desk while playing Rainbow Six: Siege, if that’s what’s worrying you.

CUSTOMIZATION

Central to their line of products is the Corsair Utility Engine (or CUE, in short). This tool provides users with all manners of customization options including, but not limited to, fiddling with the lighting system, assigning macros and commands to specific keys, creating intricate RGB effects and so on and so forth. Some neat things that you can do with Corsair’s dedicated software is programming the keys to display certain words and assign different RGB effects to them. While the software is a bit rough around the edges and can pose some problems to customization rookies, things become way simpler once you get the hang of it.

NOISE

As we’ve mentioned before, this board uses Cherry’s then-new ‘’RAPIDFIRE’’ mechanical switches, which were designed specifically for this model. As expected, these keys are incredibly sensitive and speedy, featuring top-notch anti-ghosting technology. However, there’s a catch. While they’re not as noisy as the Cherry MX Blues, they still cause more racket than the Cherry MX Browns. The switches create a decently loud ‘’thud’’ sound, instead of the usual clicky sounds typical of most mechanical keyboards. It won’t keep your roommates up, but some caution is advised if you’re in the mood for a late night gaming session.

CONCLUSION

5/5
Comfort
4/5
Design
5/5
Compactness
5/5
Sturdiness
4/5
Customization
4/5
Noise

This concludes our Corsair K70 Rapid Fire review. It somehow combines all the strengths of previous Corsair models into one intuitive and intricate package, resulting in a keyboard that is great both for competitive and casual play. While, admittedly, it does have its series of flaws, they are not major enough to influence the final verdict.

Corsair K70 Rapidfire

Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Height39mm
Width166mm
Length438mm
Weight1.25kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Switch TechnologyMechanical, Cherry MX
Switch TypeMX Red, MX Blue, MX Brown, MX Speed, MX Silent
Backlighting TypeIndividually lit and per key programmable
Backlighting ColorRGB
ConnectivityWired, USB 2.0 Type-A
USB Pass-throughUSB 2.0 Type-A
USB Report Rate1000Hz
Key Roll-Overt and Anti-GhostingFull Key (NKRO), 100% anti-ghosting
Media ControlDedicated Buttons (Stop, Previous, Play/Pause, Next)
Volume ControlDedicated Buttons (Mute), Volume Roller
Adjustable HeightYes
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