The Corsair K70 Rapid Fire is yet another hit from the world-renown manufacturer.
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 technology||Loud|
|Comfortable for all hand sizes||Only one color option|
Corsair K70 Rapidfire
Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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.
In 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.
If 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.
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.
While 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.
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.
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.
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
|Switch Technology||Mechanical, Cherry MX|
|Switch Type||MX Red, MX Blue, MX Brown, MX Speed, MX Silent|
|Backlighting Type||Individually lit and per key programmable|
|Connectivity||Wired, USB 2.0 Type-A|
|USB Pass-through||USB 2.0 Type-A|
|USB Report Rate||1000Hz|
|Key Roll-Overt and Anti-Ghosting||Full Key (NKRO), 100% anti-ghosting|
|Media Control||Dedicated Buttons (Stop, Previous, Play/Pause, Next)|
|Volume Control||Dedicated Buttons (Mute), Volume Roller|
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