Review: Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard

With the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile keyboard, Corsair has done the impossible: improved on what was already our favorite keyboard of 2018.

Apparently it doesn't take long for Corsair to improve on an already good thing.

This summer, we covered the original Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2 keyboard. It was sturdy, customizable, and a perfect enough combination of form and function that we gave it a 9/10.

Now, almost half a year later, we're investigating its newer, quieter, and yet almost identical twin brother, the Corsair K70 Mk.2 Low Profile. So what exactly is the difference, and is it worth the upgrade?

To be honest, I wasn't entirely sold on the hardware when I first unpacked it. At first glance, it seemed identical to the original K70 Mk.2 in almost every way. It wasn't until I actually sat the two next to each other that I got a full handle on the main design difference: this new keyboard is lean. Lean as in 29mm tall.

With a lower frame and keys, the Low Profile edition lives up to its name. Factor into that whisper soft typing, and you've got exactly the sort of keyboard you want when you're looking for mechanical reaction time coupled with something that doesn't sound like an old typewriter. 

It's possible that it's just in my head, but this sleek layout even made me feel like my reactions were quicker, whether I was gaming or just typing.

Of course, this keyboard is fully equipped with everything that made the original K70 my favorite keyboard of the year (until now), including Cherry MX Keyswitches, full key rollover, and an onboard memory system to keep your personal customization options at hand no matter where you plug into.

The fully programmable lighting system is still brilliant, and iCUE remains one of the most reliable pieces of software out there for keyboards, with incredible options for RGB lighting, macros, and synchronization with any of Corsair's other compatible peripherals.

The differences might seem skin deep to some, but it remains that Corsair has heavily improved on an already brilliant keyboard for gamers of every stripe. For a mere extra $10, this is an upgrade worth getting.

The Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2 Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard is available on Amazon for $169.99.

Our Rating
With the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile keyboard, Corsair has done the impossible: improved on what was already our favorite keyboard of 2018.


Phil Keeling has been gaming since it could get you burned at the stake as a witch. His specialties include geek culture history, game narrative, and buying Civilization DLC the day it comes out. Aside from GameSkinny, Phil's work has graced the pages of Five out of Ten Magazine, IndieHaven, and Omnigamer. Phil has studied, drank, and told lies at the very excellent institutions of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Savannah College of Art & Design. Phil is also a published writer, poet, and three-time loser of National Novel Writing Month. You can find his show Geek History at

Published Nov. 5th 2018

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