Summer is one of the busiest times for peripheral manufacturers. On one side of the spectrum you have teens on break from school looking to add to their arsenal of gaming. The other side of this spectrum is the remainder of the demographic with their post Computex hype, looking to get the newest and greatest products. Here we are again with an interesting new addition to the Corsair peripheral line. Corsair’s K70 RGB Mk 2 is an upgrade to the K70. The standard of pairing up with Cherry for the switch design continues, which shows us that Cherry really is one of the biggest providers for keyboards worldwide. Can the Mk 2 version of the K70 surpass is predecessor? How does it stack up against the competition? Lets take a look!
Packaging & Contents
Happy that the postage company brought us our package safe and sound we were excited to un-box this piece of technology. First item out of the box was the main body of the MK 2. First impressions were positive with our eyes being caught by the beauty of the almost rolled black metal finish on top. The remainder including the key layout and the addition of the “hard but soft feeling” wrist rest are pretty standard. The strong yet light appearance is very easy to see. Corsair has done a very good job of integrating their aluminum design into a light weight brick house.Underneath all this gaming power we have a well designed and futuristic underside. An X marks the spot ascetic addition spices it up in conjunction with the rather large rubber feet and the extendable legs for height tilt.We see a large braided USB cable with a splitter for the utilization of the on board USB data port which is always a thumbs up in our books. Corsair provides a very detailed instruction manual on the functions of the Mk 2, including the 2 year warranty information and the addition of a little thank you note to the consumer. Sometimes it is the little things in life that make the biggest differences.
Design and Specifications
To compare this to military technology might be a little of a stretch but we think its bears resemblance. When any military builds a Mk 2 version, it is essentially the same thing with a few additions to complete its job either more efficiently or to do something it couldn’t do before. Corsair’s K70 Mk 2 is that in a nutshell. The exact dimensions of this board are 44 cm in length with a width of 16cm (22 cm with wrist rest installed) which is a very good fit for most desks. The height is 4.5 cm with the legs extended and without legs extended we see a height of around 3 cm. The dimensions are important, however the new placement of the keys on this more refined keyboard are important to note as well. The left side comprises of a profile change switch, a brightness switch and a anti ghosting/disable windows key. One of our favorite keys is the anti-ghosting due to the fact that while in-game you usually tap the windows key at the worst of times. The top right of Corsair’s K70 Mk 2 comprises of our favorite key design in the market right now. The volume roller is an amazing piece of technology and make volume changing fun and easy. Just roll up for louder and down for quieter. There is also a mute key right next to the roller. Right below the roller we find a multimedia area for music. This key bank has a stop, previous song, play/pause and a next button which is seeming to be on an increasing number of gaming keyboards out there. Our board is equipped with the tactile Cherry blue however the K70 Mk 2 has a huge surprise in store for us.
Cherry and Corsair have really outdone themselves with the K70 Mk 2. Switches available for the Mk 2 are the Cherry MX Speed, Red, Brown, Blue and Silent. This really covers every preference you may have. We are happy with Corsair’s ability to upgrade their previous gaming K70 and were excited to dive in to the color customization.