Hands-On with the Corsair Vengeance K70

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Corsair, best known for RAM, solid state drives and fantastic PC cases, has been making some serious headway in the peripheral world over the last 18 months. Its latest keyboard, the Vengeance K70, is the most recent, and perhaps best, keyboard from Corsair yet.

The K70 is all mechanical, while past Corsair offerings have been part mech, part membrane. The Cherry MX switches are incredibly responsive, giving the slightest tangible click when depressed. It’s an incredibly smooth motion for a mechanical keyboard, which is nicely complimented by the new lighting scheme.

There are two K70 models, silver-aluminum with blue backlighting, and an all-black model with red lighting. While each key has its own LED within the mechanical switch, it’s a one-color pony, so there’s no rainbow parade to be had (although Corsair says they’re actively working on RGB LEDs for switches in forthcoming products). Since each key has its own 4-level backlight, the number of different lighting schemes available to the user is nearly endless, be it full illumination, just-WASD, or any odd game-specific combo you can think of.

The K70 will be available in early April for around $129,99, which puts it right in the thick of things with Steelseries, Logitech, and Razer.

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