Software

Users that want access to more advanced controls will have to download the software for the Pilot K70E from the company's website. The software itself is very simple, with a clean UI, offering very limited customization options.

At the top of the main UI there are three tabs, Performance, Backlight, and Assignment. The first tab, Performance, hosts only three adjustable settings, which are the n-key rollover (toggle between 6 and 30 keys), the repeat delay, and the repeat speed. There is also a small space for testing the repeat delay and speed.

The second tab, Backlight, is the most extensive. From here the user can reprogram any of the four pre-programmed lighting profiles. There are several backlight effects available and brightness/speed settings are also present, yet per-key effect or profile programming is not possible.

Finally, the third tab, Assignment, should be the most important part of this software. In the case of the Pilot K70E however, it is not particularly useful. Remapping the keyboard is not possible at all. From here the only thing that the user can do is to reprogram the functions of the Fn+F1-F4 keystroke combinations. There is a basic macro editor that can record the keyboard's keystrokes, with the ability to adjust or remove the delays between keystrokes and adjust the macro's repeat number/rate, yet these macros can only be assigned to the Fn+F1-F4 keys as well. The rest of the available settings are simple and straightforward, ranging from single-key assignments to the launching of external applications. Although some are interesting and useful, the obligation to program only four such commands that will be accessible only via a keystroke combination that essentially requires two hands is not really convenient.

 

The i-Rocks Pilot K70E Capacitive Gaming Keyboard Per-Key Quality & Hands-On Testing
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  • pjcamp - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    The retail price is salty? Reply
  • JohnnyBravissimo - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    In some languages, e.g. in German, "salty prices" (gesalzene Preise) means "steep prices". It's probably just a mistranslation. Reply
  • alif619 - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    This is somewhat okay, not that exciting . Reply
  • Cliff34 - Sunday, September 23, 2018 - link

    The retail price of the Pilot K70E is salty - what does this mean? Reply
  • ados_cz - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    No volume control wheel - no deal :-) Reply
  • Dragonstongue - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Logitech G105 here, I wish the light could go a wee bit brighter and have no use for the extra row of quick macros (whatever they are called) but the keyboard works well for me, I suppose the only negative is that because the way it is designed (light coming through key) is is nigh on impossible to use without them being lit up (if you need to look for a specific key) Reply
  • BillyBuerger - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Um, actually, these are not membrane keyboards, but rubber dome. The rubber dome is the, well dome part of the switch that provides the tactile feeling and return force. The membrane on other keyboards is the sheets below the rubber dome that has the contacts on them that touch when the switch is depressed. This keyboard and Topre are a slider over dome and replace the membrane with a capacitive sensing circuit. Where as something like a Model M is actually a membrane based keyboard, just with a buckling spring over the membrane instead of a rubber dome.

    Also, the keycaps appear to be normal OEM profile in their height. So using other OEM keycaps should work just fine as far as being the same height. These just "look" lower profile in that they cut the bottom part of the keycaps off to let more light shine out from below. So mixing OEM keycaps might look funny as they won't let as much light shine underneath but it shouldn't affect actually typing on them. Some other keyboards have done the same thing with their keycaps. Or instead of cutting off the bottom, they use a translucent bottom to get the same effect without making the sides shorter.
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