Thin is in with Corsair’s K70 RGB MK. 2 Low Profile gaming keyboard

Everybody likes a mechanical keyboard, but not everybody might like the tall keycaps and long travel of Cherry key switches in an age where short-stroke laptop keyboards reign. Enter Corsair's K70 RGB MK. 2 Low Profile keyboard. The company's latest gaming deck uses new Cherry key switches to shave 11 mm off the height of its regular Cherry MX keyboards, from 40 mm to 29 mm.

Corsair accomplishes that slimming with Cherry MX Low Profile Red switches, whose 1.2 mm of pre-travel and 3.2 mm of total travel cut a great deal of motion out of the two millimeters of pre-travel and four millimeters of total travel in the original Cherry MX Red. Like their full-height siblings, MX Low Profile Reds are linear and non-audible.

The K70 MK. 2 wouldn't be a Corsair keyboard without RGB LEDs, and the Cherry MX LP switches in this baby use the switch company's signature translucent housings to allow multi-color LED light to shine around and through each key switch. Corsair's iCUE software lets users set and sync lighting colors and effects on the board itself and on other Corsair peripherals, and the board has 8 MB of onboard memory to store some lighting and macro settings for use without software.

One thing that hasn't shrunk on the K70 RGB MK. 2 is its price tag. Corsair asks $169.99 for this baby direct from its online store. We'd expect others to begin stocking this keyboard soon, so keep an eye out at your e-tailer of choice.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Maybe I’m getting old, but I remember the days when companies used to compete with each other on value for money. These days they seem to compete with each other on who can sell an ordinary product for the highest amount.

    It’s not like Cherry charge double for the MX LP switches, and this is a pretty run-of-the-mill mechanical keyboard by today’s standards in every other way, so $169.99 is just dumb.

    Mind you, I think $1449 for a phone with a non-replaceable battery and just 300-500 charge cycles is just dumb too.

    • Platedslicer
    • 1 year ago

    Maybe I’m just jinxed but I’ve had a K60/red with a double-key-press problem, and then a K70/brown with the very same problem. I think I’m done with Corsair keyboards.

    With the K60 I could charitably blame it on an excessive number of keyboard-smashing fits of frustration in CS:GO (though if I’m being honest the problem wasn’t restricted to the battered-but-still-perfectly-usable spacebar). But with the K70 I noticed the behavior right out of the box and by then I wasn’t prone to blaming my stars.

    Edit: wording

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    Oh, that’s pretty coo….$170?!? Nope!

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    Buckling Spring or bust

    Beige Model Ms laugh at this RGB-riddled abomination.

      • Airmantharp
      • 1 year ago

      If I could get a quieted buckling-spring keyboard with soft white backlighting?

      I have no interest in RGB, but 9/10 times RGB is the only way to get white.

        • DancinJack
        • 1 year ago

        Just buy a really stiff mechanical switch and put o-rings on it. The below would be pretty close, but they’re still greens so they DO have a “click” but the bottoming out is the real noise that bothers most people. O-rings should mitigate that quite a bit.

        [url<]http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/code-keyboard/code-104-key-mechanical-keyboard-zealio.html[/url<]

        • NovusBogus
        • 1 year ago

        I like orange or amber, and buy RGB for the same reason.

    • Airmantharp
    • 1 year ago

    No MX Brown or other quiet tactile option?

      • Airmantharp
      • 1 year ago

      [url=https://deskthority.net/wiki/Cherry_LP<]No, says Google.[/url<] Sad panda.

        • Voldenuit
        • 1 year ago

        I switched from MX Reds to MX Browns, and much preferred the Reds keyboard I had before. The Brown just feels like a less crisp, “scratchier” version of the Red.

          • Airmantharp
          • 1 year ago

          Then perhaps I should try Reds- I had Blues first, never again!

      • BillyBuerger
      • 1 year ago

      These use Cherry’s new low profile switch. They currently only make them in linear (red).

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    $170!?!?! Yikes!
    [quote<]Everybody likes a mechanical keyboard, but not everybody [b<]can afford one[/b<][/quote<] FTFY

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 1 year ago

      I’m considering spending $210 on an ergonomic mechanical keyboard and the decision is killing me. I hate spending that kind of money on a keyboard but my carpal tunnel says I need to. These prices are simply gouging because they have a unique product on offer.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        That’s because there’s no economy of scale there. They make and sell far fewer of the dedicated ergo keyboards, so the price has to cover a greater fraction of the design, tooling, and manufacture costs.

        Corsair have no excuse here, they’re regurgitating the same keyboard with a lot of parts that they share across their normal keyboards. The only thing they’ve had to do for this keyboard is redesign the plastic base plate. layout, internals, software, controller, keycaps, wrist rest – there’s no difference between this one and a $90 strafe RGB.

          • moose17145
          • 1 year ago

          That being said… they would probably sell a lot more of these if they were only 100 instead of 170… so they could use economies of scale to their advantage better imo…

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