Corsair K70 vs. K95 – mechanical keyboard showdown
Corsair makes quality mechanical keyboards, usually aimed towards the gaming niche. Two of their most popular mechanical keyboards are the Corsair K70 and Corsair K95, both excellent keyboards in their own right. We’ll take a look at the nuances of the Corsair RGB K70 and K95 in this review to help you choose the best mechanical keyboard for your gaming rig. Overall, the two mechanical keyboards are very similar in terms of build quality and features such as 100% anti-ghosting.
Many people have trouble choosing between these boards, so in this guide, we’ll review and compare the key differences between the Corsair K70 and K95.
Corsair K70 and K95 – Switches and Layout
The Corsair K70 and K95 are both made with Cherry MX switches, available in either Red or Brown. Both of these Cherry switches are excellent for gaming (or just everyday typing).
The main difference between the K70 and K95 comes down to the macro features of the K95. The Corsair K95 has 18 programmable “G-Keys”, which make excellent hotkeys for games with many different spells or commands, like World of Warcraft, the Civ series, etc. These keys can be programmed to whatever you need. The K95 also has 6 different memory banks that you can switch between, meaning those 18 keys can have a different function on each memory bank. This gives you a total of 108 macros ready to go on your keyboard at once.
If you mostly play MOBA’s or first-person shooters, the Corsair K95 might not be that appealing to you. You should also consider the extra 4 inches or so of desk space that the bank of G-Keys takes up. The Corsair K70 might be a better option in those scenarios. The K70 has onboard memory, but only enough that stores your settings if you unplug the keyboard.
Corsair K70 and K95 – Backlighting
Both the Corsair K70 and K95 are available with RGB backlighting. The K95 is also available with white LED backlighting, while the K70 is available with red LED backlights. You’ll save about $20-40 by choosing a model without RGB lights, depending on where you buy from. Typically, Amazon has the lowest prices on the RGB models. Personally, I love the RGB models – they fit every type of gaming rig and just looks awesome.
K70 or K95?
We recommend those that do a lot of strategy, RPG, or MORPG gaming to go with the K95, because the extra programmable macro keys will be useful to you. Or even if you’re not really into gaming, the K95 can be useful if you can utilize the Corsair macros. If you’re on a budget, save a few bucks and get the model without RGB.
For other gamers who prefer FPS, MOBA’s, or games without many hotkeys, you’d be best suited with the K70.
Conclusion: Corsair is known for their gaming peripherals and their K70 and K95 are no different. Get the non-RGB version if you’re on a budget. In the end, what it really comes down to is price and those macros. For an in-depth review of that Corsair RGB Rapidfire K70, check out this article. We also have comparison guides for the Corsair STRAFE vs Corsair K70, and the Corsair K70 vs. Razer BlackWidow.