Keys & Operation
Let’s get to the special feature and eponym of this keyboard, the extremely flat and brand new Cherry MX Low Profile Switches, here in the MX-Speed version. In general, instead of the classic 18.5 millimetres, the flat pushbutton switches are only 11.9 millimetres high and additionally reduced by 0.6 millimetres in width and depth to 15 millimetres. Despite the smaller dimensions, Cherry promises the same qualities as the standard Cherry switches, which we can certainly confirm.
In general, the MX-Speed-Switches are intended primarily for players of action games and first person shooters, because extremely short response times and high switching frequencies are absolutely no problem. The release travel of these switches has also been reduced from 1.2 millimeters to one millimeter, enabling very fast button releases. The force for triggering the key remains the same at approx. 45 grams and thus prevents unintentional actuation.
In our subjective opinion, the operation of a mechanical keyboard is always pleasant to judge and quite satisfying in terms of key feedback. However, the flat design of the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile is the icing on the cake when it comes to mechanical keyboards. As is so often the case, this is also related to what the keyboard is mainly used for. If you compare it with normal high mechanical keyboards, you can write and play very well on both types. However, when felt, the flat keys can be reached more comfortably and above all faster, where the usual keys sometimes stand in the way of each other.
Of course, the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile also offers rubberised feet and support surfaces, which means it stands absolutely securely on the table and cannot be moved an inch. If necessary, the feet can be folded so that the keyboard lies even flatter on the desk. A removable palm rest with a comfortable soft-touch surface is also on board and completes the outstanding ergonomic features of the keyboard.
At the top right is the multimedia control and at the top left the Win-Lock button as well as the RGB control for brightness and profile selection.
Lighting & Software
For all those who don’t want to overload their computer with any more software, Corsair offers the ideal partner with the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile, which also works wonderfully via Plug & Play. The RGB lighting is set by default to a rainbow effect that can be dimmed, switched off or changed to any of the three preset profiles at the touch of a button.
For maximum customization, however, iCUE, Corsair’s utility software, must be installed to control all compatible Corsair devices from a single source. The software is of course free of charge and allows you to update the keyboard firmware. The lighting customization options are extensive and synchronization with other Corsair devices is quick and easy. The internal memory provides space for three user profiles, where various lighting effects can be stored. The selection and settings are intuitive and offer the right effect for every user.