Properly, there we now have it: In any case these years, Corsair is lastly popping out with a fully-featured TKL (tenkeyless) keyboard. This one is the Ok70 RGB TKL Champion Collection, and at first sight, it seems like the total package deal. The Ok70 RGB TKL options Corsair’s long-running however nonetheless high design, Cherry MX switches, the total array of media keys, quantity curler, and naturally per-key addressable RGB lighting. Certainly, if you happen to’re on the lookout for a keyboard that does every thing within the TKL format, this could be one to control. Or possibly not.
In comparison with the Ok65 RGB TKL, in its varied variations, the Ok70 TKL provides the total array of devoted media keys, a quantity wheel, lock/unlock buttons, a shimmy extra RGB with a reasonably, illuminated Corsair emblem, a detachable USB Kind-C cable, a ‘Event Mode’ change, 8000-Hz Hyper-polling, and PBT keycaps from the manufacturing unit.
That’s loads of updates, however after spending a while with it, I’m not totally satisfied that is the keyboard you must get. It’s a wonderful little board, nevertheless it’s the keyboard I’d have anticipated Corsair to launch 5 years in the past, and in at the moment’s promote it has a little bit of a blended persona.
Corsair, the place’s the wrist relaxation?
As a lot as TKL keyboards are usually a compromise between practicality and gaming efficiency, this plank makes a couple of design decisions that make it primarily suited to gaming and far much less so to workplace duties. It comes with an 8,000Hz Axon Hyper-polling mode that ensures you’ll be able to rely in your keyboard to reply to your inputs, and though I don’t imagine it makes any distinction over 1,000Hz, paired with NKRO you’ll be able to have the peace of thoughts that any errors in-game are 100% your fault, and not less than not that of your keyboard. The added area from the TKL structure offers you additional mousing area, so altogether, it is a nice plank to recreation with.
However on the similar time, it offers you luxuries like media keys and the navigation island, so it’s additionally a board you’d be capable to use day-to-day, proper? Properly not likely, and that’s for one easy cause: Corsair has lower out the included wrist relaxation.
I’m not likely positive why Corsair determined to do that. With out low-profile switches, it’s a tall keyboard to sort on, and with out a wrist relaxation to assist out, it’s not comfy both. Corsair has, for essentially the most half all the time included wrist rests with its keyboards, and on the backside of the Ok70 TKL, you’ll discover cutouts the place it might have hooked up. However for some cause, somebody at Corsair thought it was a terrific concept to depart it out.
Then there’s the selection of switches. Having had some hands-on time with the Ok100 RGB and Corsair’s personal OPX Optical-mechanical switches, I’m a bit of saddened to see that they’re not an choice on the Ok70 RGB TKL (but). Particularly contemplating the Ok70 RGB TKL comes with 8,000Hz polling, I don’t perceive why optical switches aren’t an choice, as electro-mechanical switches nonetheless have debounce to account for, completely negating any profit you may get from the 8,000Hz polling.
In fact, I perceive that Corsair desires to order its high change for its top-of-the-line board, so I assume we’ll have to attend for the Ok100 RGB TKL to return out. However I essentially disagree: Simply because we don’t desire a full-size, full-price keyboard, doesn’t imply we needs to be punished with lower than the very best change choices. As an alternative, we’re restricted to Cherry MX Pink, Silent Pink, and MX Velocity Silver switches — all glorious decisions — however nothing new or groundbreaking and so they’re a bit dated in at the moment’s market the place most producers are popping out with their very own, higher switches.
Sufficient negativity, let’s discuss the good things
Priced at $140, this isn’t an costly keyboard. Okay, in order that’s not low cost both, nevertheless it’s not $250 costly like many flagships in at the moment’s market, and for the cash, I’d say it nonetheless comes with loads of nice options and the standard of the supplies is there to again the worth up.
Primarily based on the black slab of anodized and brushed aluminum, that is clearly a high quality product. The inclusion of all-PBT keycaps, together with a couple of textured additional keys in your WASD and surrounding keys completely provides to the general high quality really feel.
The USB Kind-C cable is braided and removable. It’s an excellent cable, however a bit skinny and thus nothing to jot down house about — the truth that it’s replaceable means you’ll be able to simply swap it with a reasonably coiled and sleeved cable, and that’s one thing I do admire.
Gaming: The place this keyboard is oh-so-good
Whereas it won’t be super-comfortable for day-to-day use, with a TKL structure it’s a lot simpler to get accustomed to than a 60% structure like that of the just-released Ok65 RGB Mini. All issues thought-about, it’s nice for getting your day-to-day duties achieved, supplied you don’t spend my form of hours engaged on it as a author like myself.
However flip it into event mode, fireplace up a recreation, and also you’ll shortly discover the Ok70 RGB in its house territory. The event mode change units the RGB lighting to plain crimson to cut back distractions and disables any macros, which paired with lock-mode that disables the Home windows key makes it a terrific gaming companion.
The 2 taking pictures video games I play commonly are Future 2 and Insurgency Sandstorm, each fast-paced and precisely the form of titles the place the Ok70 RGB TKL was a much-appreciated companion. The keys responded swiftly, the textured and angled WASD keys made it simple to seek out and keep positioned appropriately. With no numpad, I additionally gained loads of area for mousing round, letting me scale back the DPI on my mouse and play with higher accuracy. My Insurgency Sandstorm good friend group likes to play in opposition to a bot crew with max bot rely on the highest issue (I do know, it’s as if we get pleasure from failing), and it’s precisely in these eventualities the place the Ok70 RGB TKL made the largest distinction in my Ok:D ratio.
Not unhealthy, however higher suited to 2016’s market
For those who’re after a keyboard that’s sensible for (event) gaming, and also you aren’t fairly prepared to make the soar all the best way to a 60% structure comparable to on the Ok65 RGB Mini or the Razer Huntsman Mini, a TKL keyboard is usually a nice middle-ground. It offers a transparent profit in gaming efficiency whereas sustaining some aspect of day-to-day usability.
And though the Ok70 RGB TKL Champion Collection takes a giant hit in day-to-day usability by omitting the wrist relaxation, you’ll be able to nonetheless write an essay on it as soon as per week simply nice, supplied you’re younger and don’t have drained wrists like mine. So long as you’ll be gaming on the Ok70 RGB TKL greater than 80% of the time, you received’t be upset — actually, as a gaming keyboard, it’s really fairly sensible.
I simply actually want it got here with a wrist relaxation and Corsair’s OPX Optical-mechanical switches. However for that, we’ll most likely have to attend a bit of longer and save up a bit extra too.