In the world of gaming peripherals there are so many keyboards which offer a massive amount of extra features. This can be great, but extra features often mean extra price, or complexity. Some of us just need a nice, simple, good quality board and thats what we hope to find today in our QPAD MK-70 review.
QPAD MK-70 Review – Packaging and Bundle
Simple is the name of the game for QPAD, even starting with the box and bundle. The box gives us a note of the key features and then inside our board is wrapped in bubble packaging with just a single bundled item included, a USB to PS/2 convertor.
QPAD MK-70 Review – The Keyboard
Looking at the board itself we find it uses a black, matt finish and overall it is a compact full size board measuring 44.8x15x3.5cm and weighing 1.4kg. There are no extra function buttons however all of the standard key uses Cherry MX mechanical switches, this model using the non-clicky red versions with 4mm travel and 2mm actuation. They are rated for 50 million key strokes and each is lazer engraved with blue LED backlighting. This LED backlight can be set to four different brightness levels also.
Looking around the board we see that the F keys have a second function related to media use and that the top right section has some nice use of LED lines to note Caps, Scroll and Num lock. Also worthy of note in this area is that the the back edge features some blank sections. This is because the MK-70 shares its chassis with another model which has audio and USB passthrough.
Turning the board over we find some rubber sections to keep the board steady on our desk as well as two legs which extend to raise the angle of our board. Extending from the top right is a braided cable, 1.8m in length, which ends in a gold plated USB connector. Through this we can convert to PS/2 and get full N-Key roll over.
QPAD MK-70 Review – User Experience and Conclusion
Starting with the build quality of the MK-70 we have a very solid feeling chassis. There are no issues with flex and all of the surfaces resist pressure well. We might add some rubber feet to the back edge of the board for added stability on the desk in extreme situations however the standard feet should be fine. The finish on the board is great, we love that matt surface which should be durable and will not mark with fingerprints anywhere as badly as glossy boards do. The braided cable is nice to see and the gold plated connector is always a little bonus while the keys are machined and etched well, so overall very good.
We noted above there are no extra buttons on the MK-70 which helps keep the cost competitive (same with USB/audio passthrough) however we do get that added media functionality. There is also no software available for the MK-70 so those looking to use macros will need to sort out an alternate solution (for example some ASUS boards have Macro software bundled which works with any keyboard).
In terms of typing experience, that too is hard to fault. Cherry MX switches are just fantastic and these are no different. We also like the low noise versions which makes the MK-70 with red switches an ideal choice for us.
Summary: Simple, no frills, just a great solid chassis with excellent typing feel.
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