The Innovative keyboard I have on hand is the Noise BlasterX Lead K08: the only keyboard that Creative presently offers. It strikes all the ideal buzz words for existing video gaming keyboards but, with mechanical key switches from Omron, complete RGB abilities, and devoted macro secrets. It’s also the most affordable keyboard in this roundup, presently retailing for $30 less than the other two.

The version I was sent out consists of Razer Green key switches, which are the clickiest of the three alternatives, while Orange changes offer quiet operation and Yellow switches are tailored towards ultra-fast direct actions.

Style and Convenience

The develop quality and products used for each keyboard is various throughout the board, although all three usage completely black aspects.

The inset style of the Lead and BlackWidow keyboards leads to a more extreme RGB impact, at the cost of style appeal and ease of cleaning.

The BlackWidow uses a cool magnetic system, the best alternative if you just desire to use the wrist rest at particular times, while the Lead K08 merely sits atop little tabs on the rest to avoid it moving away throughout use.


It was frustrating to see the BlackWidow being the only keyboard without devoted media secrets, as this is a function I discovered very convenient on the other offerings. Both the Corsair and Noise Blaster keyboards consist of an outstanding metal scroll wheel for volume controls, together with play, stop, and avoid buttons. Both also include committed secrets for brightness and locking the Windows secret.

The Razer keyboard does consist of media and brightness controls; nevertheless, they are mapped as extra functions on the F-keys. Some applications and video games need using the F-keys, so it would have been great to see devoted controls for these crucial functions instead.

Macros on the Lead K08 can just be established through Creative’s Noise Blaster Link software application. There does not seem any method to develop macros on the keyboard itself, which suggests you cannot rapidly produce macros on the fly.

The K70 RGB Rapidfire is the only keyboard here that does not consist of devoted macro secrets; you’ll need to acquire the pricier K95 RGB Platinum to get this performance. You can set up macros for any secret on the keyboard (as well as remap secrets, launch apps, and more) through Corsair’s Energy Engine software application. 

The K70 includes a number of extra functions not discovered with the other keyboards. Along the back edge is a switch that enables you to alter the ballot rate of the keyboard rapidly, and put it into a unique BIOS mode that offers the best compatibility when using your PC’s BIOS. There’s also a 2nd set of FPS, and MOBA keycaps consisted of that you can switch in for increased texture on the essential video gaming secrets like WASD.

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