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Corsair K70 Core Keyboard Review

Rating: 8.5.

Corsair are back yet again with another keyboard release. This time around it's the lower end of their mechanical keyboard lineup that is getting an addition. The K70 Core retails for £89.99 and is aimed squarely at gamers wanting a good quality keyboard that's friendly on their wallets. It features Corsair's own linear red switches, full RGB backlighting, iCUE support, an included palm rest and a dedicated multimedia dial. The K70 Core certainly offers a lot on paper, especially considering the price. Can this new Corsair peripheral become the new entry level go-to choice?

Timestamps:

0:00 Start
00:32 The keyboard
01:19 Up close details
03:17 Build quality
04:43 Cable and wrist rest
05:25 Switches and keycaps
07:01 Switch sound test
07:29 Better than the Max
07:58 RGB
08:36 Mats Real world experience
10:10 iCUE Software
11:51 Is it worth buying?

Specifications:

  • Form Factor – Full size
  • Top cover – Aluminum plate
  • Bottom – Plastic
  • Sound absorbing foam – EVA foam
  • Case foam – EVA foam
  • Colorway – Black
  • Keycaps (NA Layout)  – ABS Double shot
  • Keycaps (Non-NA Layout)  – ABS Paint
  • Backlighting – Individually LED lit and per-key programmable
  • LED Color – RGB
  • Keyswitches
    • CORSAIR Red linear mechanical switches, 45g actuation force, 1.9mm actuation
      distance – 4mm total travel, guaranteed for 70 million keystrokes
  • Connectivity – USB 3.0 Type-A
  • Matrix – Full key rollover(NKRO) with 100% anti-ghosting
  • USB Report Rate – Up to 1,000Hz hyper-polling
  • On-Board Profiles  – 5
  • Media Control –  Hotkey*1
  • Brightness Control – FN shortcuts/Rotary dial
  • Windows Lock Key –  FN shortcut
  • Adjustable Height – Yes
  • Plug and Play Operation – Yes
  • Console Compatibility – Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4,5
  • Cable – 1.8 m / 6 ft, USB Type-C to Type-A, black, tangle-free rubber
  • Dimensions  – 448(L) x 153(W) x 35.4(H) mm / 17.64(L) x 6.02(W) x 1.39(H) in
  • Weight  – 0.934 kgs / 2.059 lbs
  • Warranty – Two years – Local country regulations are applicable

The Corsair K70 Core is available to purchase from Overclockers UK for £89.99 HERE.

Pros:

  • Great typing feel.
  • Good quality RGB.
  • Pre-lubed switches and stabilisers.
  • Foam dampened space bar and case.

Cons:

  • Non-detachable cable.
  • Chassis flexes under pressure.
  • Palm rest feels fairly cheap.

KitGuru says: The K70 Core is an entry level keyboard done right. The quality is present in the places it matters the most. The switches, stabilisers and keycaps all combine to deliver a typing experience that rivals keyboards that are twice the price.  Corsair have made some good improvements to spacebar stabilisation and dampening with the K70 Core and are definitely heading in the right direction. Compromises have been made in regards to build quality to keep the price down but production costs have been cut in the areas where it will be least noticed.

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Rating: 8.5.

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