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Corsair and Cherry show off MX RGB Project keyboard at CES

by Mark Tyson on 7 January 2014, 03:15

Tags: Cherry, Corsair, PC

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Corsair and Cherry have got together at the CES in Las Vegas to debut the MX RGB Project keyboard. We first heard about this project thanks to a teaser trailer and associated press release coming from Cherry early in December. Now we have a much better preview images and more detailed video of the keyboard - which boasts Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches and programmable backlighting to give you "virtually infinite key lighting combinations," of colour schemes.

The new keyboard is said to combine German engineering (Cherry) with American creativity (Corsair). The new keyboard is said to be a big step up from programmable 'per key backlighting' introduced by Corsair in 2013 as it introduces the "vast customization and game enhancing benefits of per-key 16.8 million colour backlighting," to PC enthusiasts.

We are told that the keyboard is based upon the Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard but updated with the newly developed Cherry keyswitches and associated electronics and configuration software.

As we found out previously the MX RGB Project keyboard will be configurable with your favourite selection of Cherry MX keyswitches; super-fast Cherry MX Red, the light tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown, or the tactile and audible feedback provided by Cherry MX Blue. Previously MX Black keyswitches (without pressure point, linear actuation, force approx. 60 cN) were also mentioned as an option but not in the latest press release.

While we can see the new keyboards at CES and in the above video the product is scheduled to ship in the disappointingly nebulous future known as H2 2014.



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I wish Corsair would make a membrane version of the K70 - it's a lovely design. I've tried 4 mechanical keyboards from different manufacturers and found all Cherry switches to be as unreliable as hell. I gave up on them after getting my 4th Cherry keyboard that would often output 2-3 keypresses on a single stroke or just randomly not output anything sometimes. Say what you like about rubber dome keys but usually they work 100% for a good long time, I greatly prefer them.
Thats unusual? Are you sure you're not just hovering around the actuation point a bit much?

OT: I'm interested in the technology here but I'm pretty sure Corsair won't be releasing a product with it in a price range that I'll be willing to pay, I mean the K70 is already £120 and really knocking on the upper limit of what I am willing to pay.

I'll stick with my CMStorm Quickfire TK for now though as it serves me well.
Bane2087
I wish Corsair would make a membrane version of the K70 - it's a lovely design. I've tried 4 mechanical keyboards from different manufacturers and found all Cherry switches to be as unreliable as hell. I gave up on them after getting my 4th Cherry keyboard that would often output 2-3 keypresses on a single stroke or just randomly not output anything sometimes. Say what you like about rubber dome keys but usually they work 100% for a good long time, I greatly prefer them.

How about something like this? [hexus.net]

SkarKrow
OT: I'm interested in the technology here but I'm pretty sure Corsair won't be releasing a product with it in a price range that I'll be willing to pay, I mean the K70 is already £120 and really knocking on the upper limit of what I am willing to pay.
K70 prices have been as low as £89.99 on Scan's Today Only offers, keep your eye out for a deal if you're after one of those keyboards.
Just noticed that the numbers in the top row aren't lit up, only the symbols above them (just like my K70). I hope they can sort that out as the numbers are, most of the time, more important then the symbols... Sounds small but it's weird seeing the symbols with no numbers....
The silver and grey version of the K70 are unnecessarily expensive given that the black and red version (the one I wan't but with blue/brown switches) is normally 20 pounds cheaper.