In today’s review we’re going to have a quick look at the Corsair k70 vs k95. This keyboard has a little bit of an edge over the more common gaming keyboards on the market at the moment, because it has the most unique form factor. The thing that sets this apart from many others is its incredibly long full length back-lighting LED. There are other similar products out there, but none offer anything as unique. So, let’s take a look and see if we can’t identify some key differences here.
Let’s start with the switches themselves. They’re made up of a highly responsive mechanical design. What this means is that you’re able to type confidently and quickly without any hitches or latency. If you’re used to a standard keyboard, then this will be quite a remarkable change, and it does feel natural to type in this way. When you’re not typing quickly, however, you may not find this as advantageous, but for those rapid typing sessions, it definitely comes in handy.
Next up are the legends. They’re large and easily identifiable. While they’re not exactly very striking, they do fit in well with the rest of the design and offer a clear path for your fingers. What you do need to look out for though, are some fairly common issues with them being broken. Fortunately, most of these are easy to fix.
Moving onto the macro keys. They’re also large, but unlike the legends, their purpose is somewhat different. You’ll use them to control your whole computer system. To start off with, the function key is where you’ll find all your commands, including your mouse buttons. Pressing the right keys will launch all your programs and windows, and pressing the left keys will shut them down. It’s important to note that the function key is also your main focus during game play, so paying attention to it means you’ll be able to get around easily.
Last up are your macro keys like the Caps lock and Num lock. On the surface, they all do basically the same thing, but their differences lie underneath. If you need to hold a key down for a specific duration, you can press another key that starts your auto-run or task switching. If you’re in the habit of changing things on your keyboard every few seconds, however, going for the mechanical type would be advisable. The reason is that you can just press a single key and have your computer auto-run through whatever setting you’ve changed to.
The verdict? In short, the K70 keyboard wins hands-down. If you use the majority of your time typing and don’t need to perform other functions with your keyboard, then go for the cheaper model. But if you plan to use the keyboard for more than just typing, then go for the higher-end K95 model, which offers better functionality for a much lower price.