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Corsair K70 Core RGB Keyboard Review

In-depth review of Corsair K70 Core RGB featuring Design, Build Quality, Typing Experience, Performance, RGB Lighting & iCUE Compatibility.

The Best Typing Experience For $100?

Review Summary

The Corsair K70 Core RGB is an excellent budget-friendly mechanical gaming keyboard that offers a satisfying gaming and typing experience. It features smooth and responsive linear switches, effective sound-dampening, and a versatile control dial. However, it lacks hot-swappable switches, and the Corsair iCUE software can be complex to use. Overall, the K70 Core RGB is a great value for the price.
Tech4Gamers Value Award

  • Design - 8.5/10
  • Switches - 9.5/10
  • Build Quality - 8/10
  • Software - 8/10
  • Performance - 9/10


  • Affordable Premium Features
  • Smooth Linear Switches
  • Versatile Control Dial
  • Effective Sound Dampening


  • No Hot-Swapping
  • Fixed USB-C Cable
  • Complex Software
  • Uncomfortable Wrist Rest

The K70 series of gaming keyboards from Corsair has built a name for itself in recent years because of its customizable magnetic switches, outstanding sound-dampening qualities and other premium features. Recently, Corsair has introduced a new keyboard to its much-regarded K70 line. The K70 Core RGB is the newest keyboard from Corsair and is a more affordable full-size gaming keyboard as compared to the previous keyboards in the same series.

Surprisingly, Corsair incorporated two layers of EVA foam to keep the noise down, and the case doesn’t ping that much as well, but on the downside, the K70 Core lacks the K70 Max RGB’s programmable magnetic switches, which I was anticipating to be in it too. Instead, it uses pre-lubricated Corsair Red linear switches. Notably, it’s available in either black, white or steel gray, all of which highlight the aluminum top plate and double-shot ABS keycaps.

Furthermore, it has a programmable rotary dial, built-in memory for a maximum of five profiles, and per-key RGB lighting. Compared to its K70 predecessor, this model is significantly cheaper at retail at just $99.99, yet it still delivers a powerful punch thanks to its premium specifications.

Key Takeaways

  • Affordable and feature-rich, the Corsair K70 Core RGB’s durable build and effective sound-dampening cater to budget-conscious gamers seeking a reliable, full-sized mechanical keyboard.
  • The things I liked about the Corsair K70 Core are its affordable premium features, smooth linear switches, versatile control dial, great build quality, effective Sound Dampening, per-key RGB lighting, and good gaming performance.
  • The things I did not like about the Corsair K70 Core are its lack of hot swapping, fixed USB-C cable, complex software, limited programming, uncomfortable wrist rest, and lack of Axon technology. 
  • The Corsair K70 Core is a perfect fit for budget gamers looking for a top-notch mechanical keyboard with all bells and whistles, like RGB lighting.  

The K70 Core can be a great option if you know what you’re looking for in a mechanical gaming keyboard. Similarly, it can compete with Corsair’s flagship keyboard thanks to its fantastic new selection of switches and other premium features, which I will dive deep into in the following sections. After spending some time with the new keyboard, I’m ready to let go of my K70 RGB MK.2 that I’ve used for about two years. Keep reading to discover the reason why.

Corsair K70 Core - Specifications
Corsair K70 Core – Specifications

Box Contents

  1. K70 RGB CORE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  2. Safety leaflet
  3. Warranty card


Design (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Design (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The K70 Core has the benefit of the doubt, as I have reviewed many other superb Corsair products over at Tech4Gamers, many of those being gaming keyboards. Notably, the K70 Core serves as a full-sized keyboard with a few modifications to the design from the rest of the K70 series, featuring RGB per-key illumination and double-shot ABS keycaps, and the backside features two flip-up feet.

Due to the reduction of extra room around the keys, its overall footprint is now significantly smaller. Still, it features a plastic base and a solid aluminum top plate. It’s not incredibly hefty, but it has a surprising amount of stability and sturdiness. The Corsair K70 Core is unquestionably a significant improvement in the company’s move going forward. While keeping the same fundamental form, it has a newer, more modern appearance and feel.

The review unit I received from Corsair is in black color, with bright yellow highlights exclusive to the rotary dial. It is also available in a white and gray color scheme, with a number of keycap color options. While the design improvements are not spectacular, it is an appreciated departure from prior K70 models. Now, it looks like a more refined and streamlined gaming keyboard that looks and feels right at home at the end of the year 2023.

Is the Wrist Rest Worth Buying? 

Additionally, the K70 Core is available to purchase with or without a wrist rest, depending on your preference. Unfortunately, my review unit does not come up with the wrist rest. While it’s great that users have an option, the wrist rest isn’t very comfortable and is otherwise identical to the one that came with my K70 RGB MK.2. Thus, I am familiar with the feeling of using it.

The magnetic attachment and pleasant surface texture of this keyboard are great touches, but the plastic construction and oddly low angle of the wrist rest would prevent me from finding it as comfortable for typing or gaming, contrary to the one I have experienced using it during my Corsair K100 RGB review.


Backside (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Backside (Image By Tech4Gamers)

If we flip the keyboard, we can see the four rubberized footpads, which are located at the bottom of every corner of the keyboard. Additionally, the upper pair of footpads can also function as angled feet. The keyboard’s whole chassis is black plastic, but an interior aluminum plate, which also likely accounts for most of the weight, makes it seem sturdy and prevents flexing.

Control Dial

Control Dial (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Control Dial (Image By Tech4Gamers)

In addition to the regular keyboard keys, it also features a rotary knob in the top right corner. Corsair calls this a control dial, a media button that you can program to your liking, along with the usual num lock, caps lock, and scroll lock indications.

It is fashioned out of metal with a pleasant texture, while its cylinder-like form is a considerably superior choice to Corsair’s prior designs. The dial’s metal structure and notching make it not only look and feel great but also alleviate the joyful experience of using it.

Notably, the dial can be used for more than just adjusting the volume. It also allows you to scroll up and down the page, zoom in and out, and change the RGB brightness. All of the above functions are great in their own right, but the ability to scroll horizontally is one of my favorites. By default, the control dial adjusts volume. Meanwhile, while holding Fn, pressing F12 cycles through extra settings as configured in the Corsair iCUE program. To give an illustration, a colored indication on the F12 key indicates what function is currently activated.

In addition, an iCUE button, which is placed on the foremost left, can be configured through iCUE to perform other functions besides pausing music or movies, which is the default setting. The function keys now also control many media-related features, such as the ability to adjust the brightness of the screen, toggle between user profiles, and lock Windows. It’s also the only alternative to the keyboard’s lack of actual media controls.

Despite my admiration for this feature, I do have two concerns. If you don’t have iCUE running in the background, you won’t be able to toggle between actions. Without it, you can’t do much beyond adjusting the volume without the software. In addition, I’d like to be able to assign it my own set of user actions. Even with that shortcoming, considering its mainstream pricing, the dial is a major improvement to the K70 Core.


Wired Connectivity (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Wired Connectivity (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Unfortunately, the K70 Core RGB does not come with a removable USB-C cable. Instead, there is a six-foot rubber USB-C cable that extends from the top left, which makes me concerned about the keyboard’s longevity, as it cannot be easily replaced if damaged.

This limitation is particularly relevant for users who prioritize the overall lifespan of their peripherals. Additionally, users who frequently transport their keyboard or have limited desk space may find a fixed cable less convenient, as it restricts the ease of storage and transportation.

Moreover, fixed cables limit customization options, preventing users from easily incorporating custom or aftermarket cables for aesthetic or functional reasons. It’s strange that Corsair would go for a fixed cable rather than one of their removable USB-C cables, which they utilize in many of their keyboards. Furthermore, I would be delighted to have a USB port for passing through functionality. Furthermore, the flexibility in cable length and type offered by removable cables caters to different user preferences desk setups and offers great portability.

Many competitive gamers may argue that this wired connection is superior to wireless ones like 2.4GHz or Bluetooth since it reduces input lag in their games. Having said that, the K70 Core weighs in at 2 pounds, heavy enough to enable it to stay in place whether you’re typing or smashing the keys while playing games. This is unusual for a wireless keyboard because the absence of a battery normally means a lighter keyboard.


Corsair Red Linear Mechanical Switches (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Corsair Red Linear Mechanical Switches (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Do you enjoy using linear key switches? The K70 Core only comes with the Corsair Red linear mechanical switches, so I’m crossing my fingers that you like them. These are similar in engineering to Cherry Reds. Fortunately, my previous experiences with various Corsair-branded key switches have been positive. Notably, these are the brand-new, factory-lubricated switches available from the Corsair. There is a promise of 70 million keystrokes from these switches, along with specifications including an actuation force of 45 grams, actuation distance of 1.9 mm, and total travel distance of 4 mm.

Notably, the Corsair Red switches are some of the most buttery in any prebuilt, stock-popular gaming keyboard I’ve reviewed, and I’ve reviewed a lot of them. I didn’t give it much thought when I found out the switches were pre-lubed.

Numerous manufacturers have stated this on numerous occasions, and nearly every time, I’ve been let down. But things have taken a turn for the better, and the Corsair Reds have captured my affection. To give an illustration, both the sound and sensation are superb.

The red linear switches with the rotary dial are undoubtedly among my favorite features, particularly when you consider the mainstream price range Corsair has chosen for this keyboard.

Unfortunately, the K70 Core does not support hot-swapping of the switches. This means you can’t replace the stock key switches unless you’re handy with a soldering iron and plenty of time. To be honest, that’s asking a lot of a $99 board from a major manufacturer, but still having the option of doing it would be a cherry on top. 


ABS Double-Shot Keycaps (Image By Tech4Gamers)
ABS Double-Shot Keycaps (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Although Corsair doesn’t provide a keycap puller, it seems unlikely that you’ll actually need one. With light-through legends and spot-on typography, the keycaps built of double-shot ABS look and feel excellent while making the most of the incredibly brilliant, per-key RGB backlighting. Unless you have a keycap set, you’re longing to put on or require deep-clean the surface of the keyboard.

You shouldn’t feel the urge to replace them. Moreover, there are printed symbols for the F-keys’ additional functions. Although PBT keycaps are known to last longer, I seriously doubt that these will wear out anytime soon. They jiggle just a little bit, but it’s something that needs heavy-duty stabilizers to make it perfect.


It’s important to note that top-side aluminum is only the tip of the iceberg. The K70 Core has an additional foam layer on the inside. Corsair’s designers are aware that keyboard enthusiasts have long used foam layers to reduce noise. The two layers of sound-dampening foam don’t completely eliminate key noise, but it’s much less noticeable than on keyboards I have tried that don’t have any foam on them or even less than the ones that have some sort of dampening foam in them.

RGB Lighting

RGB Lighting (Image By Tech4Gamers)
RGB Lighting (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Dual-shot ABS keycaps with backlit legends complement the keyboard’s beautiful per-key RGB backlighting. Corsair, in my opinion, has the greatest RGB implementation across its lineup of cases and peripherals. Of course, iCUE gives you complete control over the RGB lighting as well, and it is one of the best companion programs available from any company when it comes to playing with RGB lights.

You have full control over the RGB color palette, which ranges from dazzling to pulsating rainbows. There are also pre-built murals, which include audio-responsive, monitor-reflective lighting, and many more. This keyboard’s backlighting makes the legends on the keycaps clearly visible, even in dark environments.

Gaming Performance

Valorant Gameplay (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Valorant Gameplay (Image By Tech4Gamers)

I tried some gaming on it, and the keyboard seems to excel in that aspect as well. Just as Episode 7 Act 3 was about to drop, with Valorant’s new agent ISO, I received my K70 Core RGB. Even though I don’t spend a lot of time with the Valorant since I find it to be very competitive, this is a gaming keyboard, so I might as well give it a try. I launched and was really pleased with what I felt. The 45g actuation force of the Corsair Reds never felt excessive, and the keys themselves were silky smooth and fast.

Furthermore, after a few blazing games of Fortnite, I had no trouble hitting any key, despite the difference in size and form I am typically used to. The keyboard isn’t designed for professional esports players. Thus, its default polling rate of 1000Hz is sufficient for casual gamers. After a while, I switched gears and began playing DOTA 2.

My favorite hero is Meepo because I can vent my frustration on new players in low-ranked lobbies while playing with him. His whole usefulness is based on his ability to command and micromanage his clones, an endeavor that necessitates a lot of fast, lightning-packed key presses that can make your fingers feel like they’re going to fall off. Thankfully, the K70 Core RGB’s double-shot ABS keycaps weren’t too slippery. So I was able to play it effectively. 

Typing Experience

I also tried the keyboard for work productivity. A lot of typing is involved in my full-time job. As you know, I review different gaming products. Therefore, a good keyboard is essential for me to get through my day. I never once felt the urge to go back to my regular keyboard after using the K70 Core RGB, thanks to its quiet chassis and silky-smooth switches. The dial’s multiple functions, including volume adjustment and horizontal scrolling, were also welcome additions to my arsenal.

The keyboard’s responsiveness and accuracy make typing a pleasure, and the two layers of sound-absorbing EVA foam elevate the experience to a whole new level. I personally found these to be less noisy than average, as should be the case with all linear switches, and they produce a firm sound when actuated, thanks to the padding of foam on the interior.

Here is the typing experience of the K70 Core RGB

Keystroke Latency

The K70 Core RGB delivers unprecedentedly low latency. In this test, I used a polling rate of 1000 Hz and a Key Switch Debounce Time of 0 ms for the best possible results. 

Keystroke Latency Test (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Keystroke Latency Test (Image By Tech4Gamers)


Corsair’s iCUE software, which is compatible with all of its peripherals, enables us to tweak the settings of the K70 Core RGB as well. Key remapping, customizing the keyboard’s RGB lighting, recording macros, and other customization options are all possible with iCue. Unfortunately, the K70 Core RGB does not feature Corsair’s AXON technology. In case you haven’t heard of it before. With its help, you can increase your keyboard’s polling rate up to 8,000 Hz and its storing capacity to 50 profiles with 20 lighting effects with the help of an AXON microcontroller.

While the keyboard lacks Corsair’s AXON technology and its 50 onboard profiles, it allows for a much more reasonable five onboard profiles. However, programming hardware-based profiles along with software-based profiles independently needs to be done due to iCue’s unusually complex nature, as is the case with most peripheral software. Furthermore, the lack of customizable settings on the dial of control was a major letdown. It’s not adjustable at all but comes with five pre-made settings that may be switched on or off for convenience.

Should You Buy the Corsair K70 Core or Not?

Buy it if

Budget-Friendly Premium Features: The Corsair K70 Core RGB offers premium specifications at a reasonable price, making it an excellent choice for those seeking high-end features without breaking the bank.

Great Switch Feel: If you enjoy the smooth and responsive feel of linear switches, the pre-lubricated Corsair Red switches on the K70 Core provide a buttery gaming experience with a satisfying sound.

Versatile Control Dial: The inclusion of a programmable rotary dial adds versatility to your gaming and productivity tasks, allowing for customized controls and quick adjustments.

Don’t Buy it if

No Hot-Swapping: If the ability to hot-swap switches is a crucial feature for you, the K70 Core lacks this functionality, limiting customization options for key switches.

Fixed USB-C Cable: Users who prefer keyboards with removable cables for longevity and customization might find the fixed USB-C cable on the K70 Core to be less convenient.

Advanced Software Preferences: If you prefer a straightforward software experience, the Corsair iCUE software’s complexity may be a drawback. Without it running in the background, some features become limited.

Bottom Line

Honestly speaking, this is probably one of the cheapest keyboards from Corsair I’ve ever reviewed while being the least premium. There are actually quite a few alternatives available, especially when one takes into account the $99.99 price tag. With its premium switches, form factor, as well as a multi-function dial previously only found on high-end keyboards, the Corsair K70 Core stands out in a crowded market. Consequently, this board is excellent. The absence of any case ping at all was astounding, and the silky smooth linear switches blew me away.

Somehow, whatever Corsair did to the chassis to reduce noise worked since this keyboard has one of the best sound quality of any I’ve tried for gaming. The addition of enthusiast features to cheaper gaming keyboards is not exclusive to Corsair. Notably, case pinging and lubricating of switches are two aspects that have caught the attention of multiple manufacturers. However, the K70 Core RGB is a full-sized option and offers both of these features at a cost of less than $100. It is quite unlikely for many competitive manufacturers to mirror it which makes it a very appealing deal.

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