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Corsair unveils Vengeance K70

Corsair unveils Vengeance K70

Corsair's Vengeance K70, an upgrade to its existing K60, now uses mechanical microswitches on all major keys and comes complete with a per-key adjustable backlighting system.

Corsair's peripheral arm has announced its latest gaming keyboard, the Vengeance K70, with mechanical switches and and a brushed-aluminium chassis that hides individual backlighting for the keys.

Designed to sit towards the top of Corsair's keyboard line, the Vengeance K70 will launch with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches - no word yet on any choices for those who prefer another Cherry switch - with claims of an engine offering a full anti-ghosting matrix, 20-key rollover over USB and a claimed 1,000Hz reporting rate. Each key features its own LED which can be toggled on or of independent of any other key, allowing gamers to highlight just the keys they need for a given game - something that will be helped by the inclusion of alternate colour, contoured keycaps for the WASD and 1-6 keys for those who choose to install them.

As well as adjusting the backlighting key-by-key, the Vengeance K70 also allows for the overall backlighting to be adjusted to four levels of intensity. Unlike the RGB LED-based Roccat Isku FX, however, Corsair is keeping costs down by sticking with single-colour LEDs: the silver-finish keyboard uses blue backlighting, while the black-finish version uses red.

As with its predecessor, the Vengeance K60, the Vengeance K70 includes dedicated multimedia keys, an additional USB port for easy connection of a mouse or USB headset, although this time the removable soft-touch wrist rest extends across the entirity of the keyboard's width rather than just supporting the left hand during gaming. Another change is the move to using Cherry MX Red switches beneath every major key, resolving one of the biggest issues we had with the Vengeance K60 and its use of membrane keys for the Escape, function and page navigation keys.

'When we launched the Vengeance K60, customers loved the look and quality, but some wanted a backlit version,' claimed Ruben Mookerjee, general manager of Corsair's peripherals division, at the unveiling. 'In typical Corsair fashion, we over-delivered and created Vengeance K70 with key-by-key backlighting, mechanical switches on every key, and two colour schemes.'

UK pricing for the Vengeance K70 has yet to be confirmed, with more details expected to be revealed at the PAX East gaming con later this month ahead of an April launch. US retail pricing has been set at $129.99, or around £86 excluding taxes.

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ChromeX 21st March 2013, 11:11 Quote
If the UK version does retail at £86, i'd be very tempted to buy, i've been after a replacement mechanical keyboard for a while and one with backlighting at a good price has been really difficult to find so far.
Gareth Halfacree 21st March 2013, 11:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChromeX
If the UK version does retail at £86, i'd be very tempted to buy, i've been after a replacement mechanical keyboard for a while and one with backlighting at a good price has been really difficult to find so far.
Not a chance in heck of that happening, I'm afraid. There's VAT to take into account, which immediately turns that £86 into £103.20 - then there's import tax and all the rest of the awkwardness that comes of selling things into the UK from outside. I reckon you'll be looking at £99.99 if Corsair is feeling generous, £109.99 if it isn't.
sotu1 21st March 2013, 11:30 Quote
Bit pricey for me I'm afraid. And I want it in black and blue!
Mankz 21st March 2013, 11:52 Quote
As a K60 user, I won't upgrade until every key is mechanical... having rubber domes for ESC and the other keys is just irritating.

I also quite like the silver alu compared to the black.
B1ackbeard 21st March 2013, 11:53 Quote
Mankz, the K70 is fully mechanical - every key is Cherry MX Red. Same is true of K95.
damien c 21st March 2013, 11:56 Quote
This looks interesting but will have to see how it feels, as no doubt Scan will have some on display at some point so will have to try it out 1st.
Lance 21st March 2013, 11:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
Bit pricey for me I'm afraid. And I want it in black and blue!

This for me too.
Gareth Halfacree 21st March 2013, 11:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz
As a K60 user, I won't upgrade until every key is mechanical... having rubber domes for ESC and the other keys is just irritating.
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Originally Posted by The Article
Another change is the move to using Cherry MX Red switches beneath every major key, resolving one of the biggest issues we had with the Vengeance K60 and its use of membrane keys for the Escape, function and page navigation keys.
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Originally Posted by Mankz
I also quite like the silver alu compared to the black.
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Originally Posted by The Article
the silver-finish keyboard uses blue backlighting, while the black-finish version uses red.

:p
meandmymouth 21st March 2013, 12:05 Quote
I want.
Mankz 21st March 2013, 12:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
:p

TL;DR in future please...

I blame the anesthetic in my system.
SchizoFrog 21st March 2013, 12:30 Quote
Are RGB LED's really that much more expensive? Given the premium nature of this keyboard I am sure that anyone thinking of buying it would consider paying a little more and would gives others the options they require when it comes to the colour of the backlighting...
Gareth Halfacree 21st March 2013, 12:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Are RGB LED's really that much more expensive?
They're between three and ten times the cost, and require three times the logic to drive (one IO line for red, green and blue, compared to just the one for a single-colour LED). Given that a 110-key keyboard with individual backlighting on each key would need 110 LEDs, that's a not-inconsiderable cost.

As an example: surface-mount red LED, 4.4p each; surface-mount RGB LED, 34p each.
Shirty 21st March 2013, 13:06 Quote
Actually, if they can achieve this for £110 and the build quality is on target it will be quite an attractive board for gamers I think.

It'll certainly make the Duchy Shine 2 look like poor value for money. I'm enjoying sitting back and watching the big peripheral manufacturers get their teeth into the mechanical keyboard revolution :)

I sold my Shine 2 as I was not really doing it justice with my limited gaming time, but per-key backlighting is definitely useful for dark sessions, even if it is just to highlight the quicksave/quickload keys :)
SchizoFrog 21st March 2013, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Are RGB LED's really that much more expensive?
They're between three and ten times the cost, and require three times the logic to drive (one IO line for red, green and blue, compared to just the one for a single-colour LED). Given that a 110-key keyboard with individual backlighting on each key would need 110 LEDs, that's a not-inconsiderable cost.

As an example: surface-mount red LED, 4.4p each; surface-mount RGB LED, 34p each.

OK, that is fair enough and I understand the higher costs, but there is no way Corsair would be paying those costs as they would be getting them direct and in bulk. I still think they cold have done it on a premium board such as this even if it raised the price by £20-£30.
I think there is a definite gap in the market for a FULLY customisable board but we keep getting 'almost there' boards.
Gareth Halfacree 21st March 2013, 13:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
OK, that is fair enough and I understand the higher costs, but there is no way Corsair would be paying those costs as they would be getting them direct and in bulk.
Economies of scale don't help when the differential doesn't change. If you reduce the cost of the components by half in a bulk order, the RGB LEDs are *still* nearly ten times the cost of the single-colour LEDs - and that's ignoring the requirement to have 330 PWM control lines to light 'em up instead of 110.
Shirty 21st March 2013, 13:57 Quote
Someone will eventually offer RGB backlit mechs, but there is still a much bigger market for membrane boards which cost a lot less and are much easier to backlight, as evidenced by Saitek, Razer and TT to name a few.
Kovoet 21st March 2013, 14:08 Quote
I saw this and the new K95 but decided with the k90 as I like the spare keys and the finish of the k90
mi1ez 21st March 2013, 14:56 Quote
That is a good looking keyboard!
IvanIvanovich 21st March 2013, 15:24 Quote
Unless either RGB led can be designed to have only 2 leads, or Cherry redesigns the MX switch to house led with more than 2 leads, RGB led on MX is not going to happen.
It is possible to have 2 color led with polarity reversal and some of these are available now.
MjFrosty 21st March 2013, 15:26 Quote
Love my current Vengeance! Loving the new colour theme.
faxiij 22nd March 2013, 21:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by IvanIvanovich
Unless either RGB led can be designed to have only 2 leads, or Cherry redesigns the MX switch to house led with more than 2 leads, RGB led on MX is not going to happen.
It is possible to have 2 color led with polarity reversal and some of these are available now.

That does not make any sense.

Regardless - what is the point of having an amazing casecon with RGB-lights, a super-awesome Mionix Naos with RGB-lights and a RGB-backlighted TFT & Desk if the keyboard remains f****king one-coloured? That is such a huge market gap!

Roccat shows it is possible, even so without having to charge completely insane amounts of money. Fact: I want a mech. But if one is expected to dash out more than 100 Euro/Pounds, it ought to have it all - else it is missing the point. You wouldn't buy a Ferrari without wheels, would you? (YES!! RGB lighting is THAT essential. It just is. And don't even bother, you weird minimalism-tkl-freaks, can't argue about taste!) That slightly subjective impression aside, it is imho indeed very pointless to have mech's with very basic features for such a high price which will only please the most hardcore minimalists. Either the price needs to be MUCH lower for such simple mechs or at this price it needs to offer a much better feature-package.

And yea, Roccat made one but I remain positive that Corsair and Mionix will follow up, because they are the only ones that imho got their mech's right - even though they're still not as good as they could be. Let's hope we won't have to wait too long for them to come to their senses. And while I'm at it - all mech-makers should PLEASE finally offer a choice in the mx-switches as some already do. I am lucky that my favourite mech's so far (Mionix Zibal 60 & Corsair K90/95) offer my preferred switches, but if one likes the blues or browns instead - yea, that'd suck. So please, Mionix, Corsair, Steelseries et. al: offer all of them on your keyboards!

p.s.: sorry for the rant, but the wait for a proper rgb-mech has been so long...it's starting to eat my nerves up, bit by bit :(
stanonwheels 23rd March 2013, 15:56 Quote
My god, they actually did it. They built my perfect keyboard.
Shirty 23rd March 2013, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by faxiij
That does not make any sense.

Regardless - what is the point of having an amazing casecon with RGB-lights, a super-awesome Mionix Naos with RGB-lights and a RGB-backlighted TFT & Desk if the keyboard remains f****king one-coloured? That is such a huge market gap!

Roccat shows it is possible, even so without having to charge completely insane amounts of money. Fact: I want a mech. But if one is expected to dash out more than 100 Euro/Pounds, it ought to have it all - else it is missing the point. You wouldn't buy a Ferrari without wheels, would you? (YES!! RGB lighting is THAT essential. It just is. And don't even bother, you weird minimalism-tkl-freaks, can't argue about taste!) That slightly subjective impression aside, it is imho indeed very pointless to have mech's with very basic features for such a high price which will only please the most hardcore minimalists. Either the price needs to be MUCH lower for such simple mechs or at this price it needs to offer a much better feature-package.

And yea, Roccat made one but I remain positive that Corsair and Mionix will follow up, because they are the only ones that imho got their mech's right - even though they're still not as good as they could be. Let's hope we won't have to wait too long for them to come to their senses. And while I'm at it - all mech-makers should PLEASE finally offer a choice in the mx-switches as some already do. I am lucky that my favourite mech's so far (Mionix Zibal 60 & Corsair K90/95) offer my preferred switches, but if one likes the blues or browns instead - yea, that'd suck. So please, Mionix, Corsair, Steelseries et. al: offer all of them on your keyboards!

p.s.: sorry for the rant, but the wait for a proper rgb-mech has been so long...it's starting to eat my nerves up, bit by bit :(

Feeling tense? Take some deep breaths and ask someone to rub your shoulders and neck :)
CowBlazed 24th March 2013, 01:04 Quote
Not offering different switch types is a big negative IMO. The boards from Cooler Master have been doing all of this already, and you get choice of switches.

I hope they improved the ergonomics of the wrist wrest as well, which was made too high to fit the extra keys inside on the left side only version.
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