Corsair's updated K70 RGB Pro keyboard features an 8,000 Hz polling rate, detachable USB-C...

Humza

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Bottom line: Unlike Corsair’s K100 RGB flagship keyboard, this new K70 Pro hasn’t made the switch to opto-mechanical technology yet, but it does now pack the company’s Axon 8,000 Hz hyper-processing tech for increased responsiveness. While few may notice the difference over a 1,000 Hz keyboard, what most casual and hardcore gamers are likely to appreciate is the brushed aluminum build with Corsair’s bold design, full-sized standard layout and a detachable USB-C cable.

The Corsair K70 RGB Pro boasts the same polling rate as last year’s Razer Huntsman V2 but lacks the optical tech of its rival, also found in Corsair’s own higher-end K100 RGB. The premium $160 launch price, however, is identical to the currently discounted Huntsman V2.

Corsair offers this model with standard Cherry MX-branded mechanical switches, giving players the choice of MX Brown, Red, Speed, Blue and Silent keys. It carries over the detachable USB-C cable and the aluminum, textured volume roller from the K70 RGB TKL, but with relocated keys for dedicated media and system controls.

The rear-mounted ‘Tournament’ switch is present as well, which can be engaged to default the keyboard to a standard basic profile and is meant to reduce distraction by disabling macros and replacing RGB backlighting with a static color. A bit like experiencing a less-featured, cheaper gaming keyboard.

Although Corsair’s iCUE companion app is needed for full customization, including unlocking the 8,000 Hz polling rate, per-key lighting adjustment and profile setup etc., some features like recording macros and cycling through lighting effects can be done on board.

Also, the provided wrist rest doesn’t look to be the plushest around, but it is an expected creature comfort given this keyboard’s premium price point. Corsair is currently selling the K70 RGB Pro on its official North American website with a two-year warranty, while availability in other regions is expected in late March.

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Dimitriid

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I don't get these kinds of products: They're too expensive for what they are. Which is just not nearly good enough for mechanical keyboard snobs and well too expensive for anyone tries even a single search on Amazon for "Mechanical Keyboard RGB" and comes up with dozens of good enough no-brand imitation/clone switches mechanical keyboards for like 30-50 bucks each.
 

Nobina

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I don't get these kinds of products: They're too expensive for what they are. Which is just not nearly good enough for mechanical keyboard snobs and well too expensive for anyone tries even a single search on Amazon for "Mechanical Keyboard RGB" and comes up with dozens of good enough no-brand imitation/clone switches mechanical keyboards for like 30-50 bucks each.
They exist to reallocate suckers money to them.
 

Dimitriid

Posts: 2,212   +4,262
They exist to reallocate suckers money to them.
Basically this yeah: people that don't know better like uncles and grand parents trying to buy a present for a kids birthday where they know or were told like PC Gaming.
 

Geralt

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I am one of the suckers. I have one of the old ones. My problem, after five years of use, is a repeating "n" that pesters me. I tried cleaning but no way.
 

psycros

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My Corsair mouse has become almost unusable after about 10 months. I think its just dirty but I can't find any way to take it apart for cleaning. The software is garbage, too. I do not recommend their stuff at all.
 

Dunkerton

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My Corsair mouse has become almost unusable after about 10 months. I think its just dirty but I can't find any way to take it apart for cleaning. The software is garbage, too. I do not recommend their stuff at all.
I used to use Corsair mice all the time, but similar thing happened to me. They would bug out/break in about the same amount of time. I moved over to Zowie which has been extremely durable but the profile was too bulky for me. Now I use a steelseries rival, and man it feels just a nice as a corsair mouse did back in the day. Pretty cheap too. GL bud
 

yRaz

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As we inch ever closer to 1000hz displays, we will start to see the advantages of these polling rates. It's not that we can perceive the difference, it's the way the hardware interacts with the display at 1:1 creates some weird issues.

It's difficult to find information on it, but I've read that the polling rate relative to your monitors refresh rate should be 10:1. If you have a 1000hz display you need a mouse and keyboard with a 10,000hz polling rate.
 
Now I use a steelseries rival, and man it feels just a nice as a corsair mouse did back in the day. Pretty cheap too. GL bud

Similar here, decided to try something new after my 20 year old (!) Logitech dual optical was starting to fail a bit too much for me, now have Steelseries Aerox 2? wireless mouse, which I normally just use wired -> the rechargable doesn't last very long for me, and I don't mind the cable.

Also ended replacing the fubared Logitech K200 keyboard I had with with a Steelseries Apex 3 keyboard, which I'm quite pleased with. Took a little getting used to the keys and the keyboard itself sitting slightly higher than I was used to on the K200 (I prefer it flat & low to make it easier on my wrists). Only complaint I'd have about it is that you can't seem to use the function key on it to create more shortcuts (I miss the Calculator key on the K200), and the scrl/num/caps lock lights are placed in an awkward spot so I can almost never see them. And 1 multimedia button is... odd. Like the volume scrollbutton though :)
 

Experimentongod

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I don't get these kinds of products: They're too expensive for what they are. Which is just not nearly good enough for mechanical keyboard snobs and well too expensive for anyone tries even a single search on Amazon for "Mechanical Keyboard RGB" and comes up with dozens of good enough no-brand imitation/clone switches mechanical keyboards for like 30-50 bucks each.

You hit the nail in the head. This is too mediocre for "enthusiasts" and too expensive for a mechanical RGB keyboard.

It sits awkwardly in no man's land ready to scam some suckers.
 

captaincranky

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I still say the best keyboards and mice are the ones you can get a Micro Center for eight bucks for the pair.-

you can't out type 1000 Hz polling rate, let alone 8000 Hz. Sure, keep telling yourself otherwise, it's you checkbook.