Corsair K70 Pro Mini review: A 60% gaming keyboard that ticks almost all the boxes

Editor rating: 5 out of 5

Ergonomics

“What is small and brown?” Probably not the K70 Pro Mini which has a black dress and a gray belly, but remains an archetype of compactness with dimensions of just 29.3 x 10.9 cm. For the height, a good 4cm will be needed, which causes some strain on the hands, and no palm rest is provided to compensate for this, too bad.

The keyboard is very compact, but quite tall.

The keyboard is very compact, but quite tall.

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In terms of build quality and design, the brand uses the formula of its K70 Pro RGB with an especially solid chassis reinforced with an aluminum plate and double-injection PBT keys that are much more resistant than the classic ABS plastic. In addition, they are quite well stabilized, which is noticeable in use, and their rough coating grips the fingers well.

With the 60% format, the TKL models are further shortened by removing the arrow keys, the “Page Up/Down” area, “Insert”, etc. and the entire row of “F” function keys that are normally at the top of the keyboard and we ended up with just 62 keys total (compared to around 105 on a full keyboard).

The 60% format removes all non-essential touches.

The 60% format removes all non-essential touches.

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Therefore, these keyboards are meant for those who like minimalism, a no-frills desktop, have space to handle their mouse without restriction, or be able to transport their keyboard without asking too many questions. In this sense, however, it weighs 640g on the scale and ultimately turns out to be heavier than it looks. Only 62 keys, of course, but that doesn’t mean skipping all the classic features of a keyboard: each key doubles as a secondary function that’s activated by pressing the “Fn” key.

Secondary keys are activated by pressing

Secondary keys are activated by pressing “Fn”.

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Therefore, we can do almost everything, and so we will find everything you need, from the arrow keys on the “IJKL” to the multimedia controls, passing through the keys F1 to F12. If this keyboard is designed primarily for gamers who usually only need a small part of the keys, office or developer use is possible, as long as you take the time to get used to the locations of each function and hold down the Fn key at the same time. weather. weather. We will also find as bonus keys that offer to move and click with the mouse pointer -which honestly is not very practical, but that can be used on a television-, others to manage the Bluetooth connection to three different devices, or adjust the keyboard. backlight effects on the fly.

You can even direct the mouse pointer directly over the keyboard.

You can even direct the mouse pointer directly over the keyboard.

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Alternatively, RGB customization can be done via Corsair iCue software for clarity by designating colors on a key-by-key basis, applying a host of effects to them, and saving up to 50 profiles to the keyboard’s onboard memory. Of course, you can change shortcuts and set up macros in the software, and the LED strip around the keyboard can also be customized, but that’s not all…

The iCue software allows you to manage the shortcuts and the backlight.

The iCue software allows you to manage the shortcuts and the backlight.

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In black with the stylized space key.

In black with the stylized space key.

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Corsair has chosen to go further by offering spare parts so that everyone can modify the aesthetics to their liking. The plastic sheet that surrounds this LED strip can be replaced with a red, blue or white model and all the keys can be replaced with a bunch of colors (green, pink, blue, white and others) for about thirty euros. The manufacturer also provides a stylized space key in the box, as well as a key with its logo and two extractors: one for the keys and one for the switches.

The front panel can be replaced, and Corsair provides two additional keys.

The front panel can be replaced, and Corsair provides two additional keys.

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In fact, these are hot swappable (interchangeable) to be able to replace all or part of them with technically different switches (clicky, tactile or fast for example). We will come back to what Corsair has chosen for its K70 Pro Mini in a second part, but it should be noted that only three-branch switches are supported, excluding five-pin switches, which limits the possibilities.

On the connectivity side, the keyboard works either on Bluetooth as we mentioned, or through its 2.4 GHz receiver based on its internal Slipstream technology that offers very low latency, as well as a 2000 Hz polling rate to your peripherals. for video game use. .



The saved receiver.


The location of the receiver.

Simply plug in the braided USB-C cable to recharge or enjoy an even faster 8000Hz polling rate, but honestly, the difference won’t be noticeable. The autonomy of the keyboard is announced in 32 hours, but it can go up to 200 hours if the backlight is off.

The braided USB-C cable.

The braided USB-C cable.

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Three non-slip pads are placed under the keyboard, as well as two retractable feet to lift it up slightly. These are not counter adjustable only on one level. Like any self-respecting gaming keyboard, the K70 Pro Mini has NKRO (N-Key Rollover) that allows you to press as many keys as you want simultaneously, as well as anti-ghosting to avoid any misinterpretation.

under the keyboard.

under the keyboard.

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