When you play Fortnite, every click counts.
If you’ve ever lost your finger or missed a keystroke that caused your untimely death in Fortnite, you know how important a good keyboard is.
And one of the best keyboards you can get for Fortnite is the Corsair K70 LUX.
It’s one of the best models Corsair has to offer, but how does it compare to some of its premium counterparts?
- 1 A quick rundown of the main features of Corsair K70 LUX
- 2 Size and weight
- 3 Design and Practicality
- 4 Software
- 5 What’s missing?
- 6 Final verdict
A quick rundown of the main features of Corsair K70 LUX
- Brushed aluminum anodized frame
- Vivid Backlight
- Unlimited Game Lighting Programming
- Key switches with gold contacts
- Detachable wrist rest that is very comfortable
- Cherry MX RGB key switches are extremely accurate
- Dedicated multimedia controls
Size and weight
If I told you that a particular keyboard measures 18.6 x 8.3 x 3.3 inches, would it surprise you? Probably not, and that’s completely understandable.
At best, some of you might pull out the old tape measure to see how much space you have on your desk, only to shake your head in disappointment and realize you need to buy a new one.
Ultimately, it goes without saying that this keyboard is full-sized, with all 104 keys included. In case you’re wondering, you can choose from Cherry MX RGB Red, Blue, or Brown switches ranging from soft to firm, whichever you prefer.
When it comes to weight, this thing is substantial.
Weighing in at 2.65 pounds, it’s not the heaviest keyboard I’ve ever seen, but it’s thick enough to withstand a good beating after your character dies in a nasty way.
All that weight is also a clear indication of build quality, which is paramount.
The brushed aluminum not only looks good, it also ensures that this keyboard lasts a long time. Unfortunately, if you ever need to fix it, you’ll first have to deal with 20 screws holding it in place. Sounds like a frustrating afternoon.
But wait, there’s more!
Even after removing each of these screws, you will soon discover that there are two others, hidden from view. Here’s another problem.
These things are covered by the logo plate and volume roller cover, both of which you have to pull to get to the screws. Once you’ve done that, you can’t get them back.
It seems a bit illogical to put these screws that way, especially in the case of this keyboard, which looks ultra-durable, but it is what it is.
Speaking of durable stuff, let’s also mention the braided USB cable which is actually 0.7mm thick and almost 80in long.
Design and Practicality
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the crazy color scheme. But since I’ll be spending a lot of time talking about it, let’s leave it out for now.
Instead, I’d like to point out that the K70 LUX comes in a sleek aluminum body that’s significantly brighter than you might think just by looking at the photos. I know I was surprised when I first saw it because I somehow assumed it would be almost brilliant based on some images I had previously memorized.
Also notable is the space bar, which has a neat texture. I wasn’t a big fan of this movement at first, but it grew over time.
On the other hand, keycaps are almost entirely smooth, which comes with its problems.
Most notably, while I don’t necessarily have Cheeto fingers, I had no trouble getting this thing that dirty.
Seriously, after a few hours of gaming, or worse, writing, it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in a whole month. Not to mention that it’s not entirely practical to have such a slick keyboard, as you can easily slide your finger across multiple keys when you don’t necessarily want to.
Fortunately, the folks at Corsair thought that this feature might become a problem for some people, so they also put in game keys, which are more textured and even slightly angled so that your fingers stay exactly where you want them.
Whichever version you choose, the keys are 1.1mm thick, which is enough for a smooth typing session, but I’ve seen better, I’m not going to lie about it.
If you’re used to typing with full force, without holding back, as my friend likes to say, this keyboard can be quite loud. You won’t wake up your neighbors or anything, but it certainly isn’t the quiet end of things either.
Finally, we come to the part you’ve all been waiting for, the crazy color schemes!
The impressive Corsair K70 LUX stands out mainly because of its RGB lighting. Not only can you customize every single key, you can also add all kinds of crazy patterns and effects.
You might think this is too much, but if you pick the right color, which goes really well with the black keyboard and aluminum top plate, it will create a show under your fingertips. Honestly, whichever pattern you choose, I have just one simple tip for you: don’t go too crazy or your eyes will suffer.
While RGB offers millions of options, and you should definitely try as many as you can, chances are you’ll pick the one that looks the best without being overly dramatic.
All these customizable RGB schemes would be nothing without quality software that lets you customize the look of your keyboard. In this case, the K70 LUX comes with the Corsair Utility Engine 2, which is incredibly easy to use.
The first thing you notice, though, is the file size, which unpacks to an unprecedented 160MB. You would think that would be a lot for simple keyboard software, and you would be right.
Unfortunately, you’ll just have to learn to live with it. I’ve tried turning it off, but once you do, all the background color will be turned off automatically.
To make matters worse, many users noticed that their device drivers do not match, making this keyboard unusable on certain Windows systems. Fortunately, it was soon discovered that the problems were due to a system update and everything was fixed easily and smoothly.
All in all, this is far from ideal software, but it looks pretty decent and easy to use, so I’d love to give it a try. Sure, it will eat up some of your memory and it may not always work, but I’ve certainly seen worse.
I know that’s not saying much, but I think the problems are a bit exaggerated and you’ll learn to fix them in no time.
Considering the price, I think it’s fair to mention a few things here as well.
First of all, it’s insane that this keyboard can’t be disassembled without damaging it. That is unacceptable in my book.
That’s especially true when you take into account that it’s not waterproof either. Spill your morning coffee on it and you’re in big trouble.
Without a doubt, the biggest problem is with the cumbersome software that comes with it. The size of the program is intimidating and takes up a lot of memory.
Once you’ve tried it, it’s not too bad, but it can certainly be improved, there’s no reason it should be so great. I think that’s something Corsair will have to do with its next products.
This thing doesn’t really look great. The aircraft-grade aluminum frame and slim keys make this keyboard very beautiful to look at.
But what separates it the most is the RGB backlighting, which can look great if you implement the right color scheme. You can even choose from one of the many crazy patterns, which is a nice touch.
In addition, it should serve you for a long time as it is constructed from high quality components that are built to last. Specially dedicated multimedia commands and a comfortable wrist rest complete the image of a good product.
I won’t go too far into font-related issues. Actually, I’m fine with it, although I’ve heard several people protest against it, claiming it’s ugly. I’ll let you judge that.
It’s perfect No. Does it look great and will it serve you for years to come? Yes and yes. You decide whether that is enough to meet your standards.