Corsair K70 RGB TKL and Sabre RGB Pro Review - Corsair K70 RGB TKL, SABRE RGB PRO

Corsair K70 RGB TKL and SABRE RGB PRO: Introduction

Corsair is launching a slew of new products, including the Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series gaming keyboard as well as the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO Champion Series gaming mouse.

Both products are designed for high-end gaming performance, with both utilizing features such as 8,000Hz hyper-polling for lightning fast responses. The K70 RGB TKL uses CHERRY MX switches (CHERRY MX Red switches with 2.0mm actuation distance in our review sample's case) and features 4,000Hz keyscan, full key rollover (NKRO) with 100% anti-ghosting, full media keys with an aluminum volume roller, and profile, brightness, and Windows Lock keys. The K70 RGB TKL's memory can store up to 50 profiles depending on complexity.

The SABRE RGB PRO has DPI ranging from 100 to 18,000 and is powered by a PixArt PMW3392 optical sensor, along with QUICKSTRIKE zero gap buttons for instant clicking. It has 2-zone RGB for custom lighting, with onboard memory that can save RGB and DPI settings.

The Corsair K70 RGB TKL has an MSRP of $139.99 USD, while the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has an MSRP of $59.99 USD while listed for $54.99 USD on the Corsair website.

Corsair K70 RGB TKL: Closer Look

The packaging for the K70 RGB TKL is done in the standard for Corsair products — the front and back are black with large colorful images of the product, while the sides are yellow and list some of the different features. Flipping the box over highlights a few new features such as the Corsair AXON hyper-processing technology which delivers inputs up to 8x faster with 8,000Hz hyper-polling , and a tournament switch near the removable cables' USB Type-C port for locking macros and lighting for minimal distractions. The keyboard has a brushed aluminum frame, and uses a standard bottom row layout with per-key RGB backlighting, with PBT double-shot keycaps for increased durability. Included with the keyboard is the user guide, and FPS (WASD) and MOBA (QWERDF) silver keycaps and puller tool for a customized gaming experience.

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The Corsair K70 RGB TKL's brushed aluminum frame adds class and substance, increasing rigidity and making for an easier to clean surface. The media and function keys are well placed, with a large knurled volume roller knob at the top right corner. The volume knob knurling is on-brand with its use of the Corsair triangles, adding grip while you roll through the smooth action. The underside of the keyboard has four large rubber feet for solid traction during use. There is a plate in the center with four removable covers, along with two divots for a wrist rest which is not included but shown in some product photos. The angle-adjustment feet click firmly into place for both open and closed positions, and have rubber on them as well. The rubber is much firmer than the other pads but is still much nicer than the hard plastic of the feet that most other keyboards elect to use.

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The key caps are very nice, using a double-shot PBT construction means they should last compared to painted keys. The keys are finely textured and should allow for traction no matter the situation. The Cherry MX Red switches use a fully transparent housing for great backlighting; MX Red switches are one of the best choices for gamers, and certainly are my favorite!

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Corsair also sells PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Mod Kits offering different colored keycaps for $29.99 USD. Six colors are available including: Oynx Black (equivalent to the default keys on the K70 RGB TKL), Mint Green, Rogue Pink, Arctic White, Elgato Blue, and ORIGIN Red. The kit also comes with a matching key puller tool, and optional silicone o-rings that you can install when swapping keys for a softer feeling (and sounding!) keypress. I have installed silicone o-rings on prior keyboards with Cherry MX Reds and loved them, but sadly my keycap kits didn't make it in time for this review (I elected to get Arctic White and Elgato Blue color sets, for those wondering).

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The keyboard cable is removable for portability, with a USB Type-C port on the keyboard and a six foot USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable. Near the USB Type-C port is the Tournament switch, which disables macros and locks the lighting when toggled to minimize distractions during tournaments (for example). Gamers can still use the Windows Lock key independently of the Tournament mode, and I would recommend utilizing that key during competitive play as well so you don't accidentally bring up the start menu. The media keys all still work when Tournament mode is enabled, as does brightness; only the profiles key is disabled, alongside macros. After flipping the switch you can flip a latch plate into position, revealing a red LED underneath while securing the switch in place to prevent accidental toggling.

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Corsair Corsair SABRE RGB PRO: Closer Look

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO using the same format as the keyboard. The back panel highlights the 18,000 DPI sensor, along with an angled view showcasing the DPI button, DPI LEDs, and OMRON 50M switches.

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The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has a common shape and layout, and should accommodate most hand sizes and grip types. The paracord fits loosely on the USB cable, which should (hopefully) help prevent snags and dragging during use. The cable is 7 feet long which is plenty for routing to almost any system, and has a Velcro strap to help keep the cable tied down as required. This mouse should do very well for competitive performance, with side contours that help such as during wrist pivoting, and the SABRE RGB PRO is incredibly light! The DPI button is short enough that you shouldn't accidentally press it, while tall enough and smoother than the rest of the mouse so that it is easy to find during gaming!

Clicking is very crisp with the zero-gap "Quickstrike" buttons, and I would think they should work well with drag clicking — although I have little skill with drag clicking to verify that. Wrist pivoters may have a hard time reaching the forward-side button, especially if you do claw/finger tip grips, but that is true of most mice. The bottom of the mouse has four similar PTFE pads. The sensor is centered, with a small pinhole nearby for what I assume to be hard resetting.

By default the mouse is preloaded with five common competitive DPI settings — 400/800/1200/1600/3200, all of which can be adjusted in 50 DPI increments by holding the DPI button and then pressing the forward- or back- side buttons. To reset the DPI stage, hold the DPI button and both the forward- and back- side buttons together for 2 seconds until the DPI Indicator LED blinks yellow three times.

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Users can easily customize DPI, lighting, and macro options for both the K70 RGB TKL and SABRE RGB PRO using the Corsair iCUE software. Throughout testing I found the mouse to be immediately responsive, and the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO had the lowest latency out of 73 mice as tested by NVIDIA.

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Corsair K70 RGB TKL and SABRE RGB PRO: Closer Look

The Corsair K70 RGB TKL and SABRE RGB PRO make for a beautiful combo both in terms of performance and looks, and pair well together with my Corsair MM300 PRO mouse pad. Out of the box, the mouse was already deadly accurate on the MM300 PRO.

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Corsair K70 RGB TKL: Specifications

Keyboard Specifications
Chassis Plastic, black, matte finish
Form-Factor Tenkeyless (TKL)
Keyswitches CHERRY MX RGB, mechanical, 45g actuation force, 1.2mm (SPEED) / 1.9mm (SILENT) / 2.0mm (Red) actuation distance
Backlight Individually lit and per-key programmable
LED Color RGB, 16.8 million colors
Keycaps PBT double-shot keycap set, 1.5mm thick, backlight compatible
Other Keycaps ABS/PC FPS / MOBA keys
Connectivity USB 3.0 Type-A
USB Report Rate Up to 8,000Hz hyper-polling
Keyscan 4,000Hz
Matrix Full key rollover (NKRO) with 100% anti-ghosting
On-Board Profiles Yes, up to 50 (depending on complexity)
Media Keys Yes, five dedicated hotkeys (stop, last track, play/pause, next track, mute) and volume roller
Profile Key yes
Brightness Key yes
Windows Lock Key yes
iCUE (Software) Supported in Windows 10 and macOS 10.15
Cable 1.82m / 6ft, USB Type-C to Type-A, detachable, black, braided fiber
Dimensions 360mm(L) x 164mm(W) x 40mm(H) / 14.2in(L) x 6.46in(W) x 1.58in(H)
Weight 0.93kg / 2.06lbs
MSRP $139.99

Corsair SABRE RGB PRO: Specifications

Mouse Specifications
Chassis Solid construction plastic, black, matte and gloss finish
Color Black
Handedness Right-handed
Sensor PMW3392
Sensor Type Optical
Resolution 100 DPI –18,000 DPI, with 1 DPI steps
Buttons Six including DPI
Click Buttons QUICKSTRIKE buttons with zero gap
Backlight 2-Zone RGB
DPI Indicator Yes, three RGB LED's (1-zone)
Connectivity USB 2.0 Type-A
USB Report Rate Up to 8,000Hz hyper-polling
Onboard Memory Yes
Mouse Feet 100% PTFE
iCUE (Software) Supported in Windows 10 and macOS 10.15
Cable 2.1m / 7ft, USB Type-A, black, braided fiber
Dimensions 129mm(L) x 70mm(W) x 43mm(H) / 5.1in(L) x 2.76in(W) x 1.7in(H)
Weight 74g / 0.17lbs
MSRP $59.99

Information Courtesy of Corsair @
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/RGB-Mechanical-Gaming-Keyboards/K70-RGB-TKL-CHAMPION-SERIES-Mechanical-Gaming-Keyboard/p/CH-9119014-NA#tab-package-contents
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Gaming-Mice/MOBA-Strategy-%26-Action-Mice/SABRE-RGB-CHAMPION-SERIES-FPS-MOBA-Gaming-Mouse/p/CH-9303101-NA#tab-downloads

Conclusion:

I was exceptionally pleased with the Corsair K70 RGB TKL throughout testing. The dedicated media and function keys were all well placed, the volume roller is always a welcome addition that worked smoothly, and the overall build makes for a readily portable and yet high-end keyboard experience! I greatly appreciate the removable USB Type-C cable: the format is very easy to remove and reinstall compared to other USB types, and if the cable ever gets damaged or lost its very easy to replace!

The Corsair K70 RGB TKL has an MSRP of $139.99 USD, which isn't cheap for a mechanical keyboard but it is a fair price as this keyboard packs a lot of premium features! Cherry MX Red switches are amongst the best for gamers, and have always been my favorite. The Double-shot PBT keycaps are rigid and sit firmly on the switches, and if you want to have fun customizing keycap colors you can buy other color variations built with the same quality for $29.99 USD. The brushed aluminum face of the keyboard will be very easy to clean, and reflects the RGB LED backlighting nicely with its glossy surface. The Tournament switch works perfectly and is easy to toggle, and for very intense sessions you can flip a plastic lock to ensure the switch isn't accidentally turned off!

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO mouse is very accurate and responsive right out of the box, and worked perfectly when paired with my Corsair MM300 PRO mouse pad. Users with different mouse pads may want to run the calibration tool on Corsair iCUE to ensure they get the best accuracy out of the optical sensor. The hardware-based DPI adjustments worked perfectly for those that need fast DPI adjustments, or don't want to use the Corsair iCUE software. The light weight of the mouse paired with the low drag paracord cable allows for very rapid and accurate movements. The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has an MSRP of $59.99 USD, and is available now for $54.99 USD at many etailers which seems very fair considering the build quality, and lightweight lightning fast responsiveness!

I was very impressed with both of these new products from Corsair, and would readily recommend both of them to anyone looking for high quality peripherals.

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