Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile review: Get a laptop feel on your desktop PC

Low-profile mechanical keyboards are the next trend, it seems. Just last month we reviewed Roccat’s Vulcan 120 Aimo, the first keyboard I’d seen to combine laptop-style keycaps with full-sized mechanical switches. It was eye-catching, to say the least.

Now Corsair’s got its own version, the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire ($160 on Amazon). Thankfully, the keycaps are a lot shorter than the name. Let’s dig in.

Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Slimming down

This is the first Corsair K70 model we’ve tested in a while, but you’d barely know it at first glance. Not much has changed in four years. Oh sure, at some point Corsair got around to fixing its busted RGB controller, and the CUE software suite is marginally better these days. But from a design standpoint? The K70 is a rock, immutable.

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire Low Profile IDG / Hayden Dingman

Thus the Low Profile version features the same exposed brushed metal backplate as its “high-profile” predecessors, with the keycaps raised to better show off the lighting. Barely raised, though—and that’s the most surprising aspect of the K70 Low Profile.

If you take a look at Roccat’s Vulcan 120 Aimo, half-sized keycaps were clearly an aesthetic choice. Lighting is key, with the translucent keyswitch casing shining brightly out from under each cap like a field of luminescent mushrooms. It looks weird at first, and feels even weirder, but the design grows on you.

Corsair’s K70 Low Profile is different though. These aren’t half-size keycaps popped on top of normal Cherry MX switches, like I expected. Instead, Cherry’s designed a different switch entirely. Building on the work it did with the MX Speed switch a few years ago—called MX Silver when used by third parties—Cherry’s created a Low Profile version with a completely different footprint.

Here, take a gander:

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