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Cherry and Corsair partner for colourful MX RGB keyboards

by Mark Tyson on 4 December 2013, 13:05

Tags: Cherry, Corsair

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Cherry and Corsair have announced a new working partnership. Working together the pair will introduce the world’s first CHERRY MX RGB based mechanical gaming keyboards, which will be made exclusively by Corsair. These keyswitches are illuminated using the entire RGB colour spectrum – offering all 16.7 million RGB colours.

Cherry reminds us that its MX keyswitches are already “appreciated by millions of users due to high precision, the best possible operating feel, and an extremely long service life”. These Gold Crosspoint technology based switches will now be enhanced by the Cherry RGB illumination technology. We are told that the tech enables an even symbol illumination using colour choices from the full RGB spectrum at a wide variety of brightness levels thanks to SMD LEDs working in conjunction with a transparent case which includes a scattering surface lens.

The developers of the new keyswitches think there will be “completely new areas of application” thanks to the colourful and adaptable new tech. Manfred Schöttner, Head of the Computer Input Device Business under the Cherry brand said: “Our RGB switch is the first step in our MX innovation roadmap. With additional, innovative features, we will offer our customers solutions in the area of our mechanical MX switches that go far beyond the features known today. To continue to provide the highest quality standards, we will continue to manufacture our switches in Germany on fully automatic systems.”

RGB complimentary to Blue, Brown, Red and Black switches

For years Cherry has used colour codenames to describe properties of its keyswitches. Cherry RGB keyswitches simply offer complimentary illumination qualities to these colour codenamed switches with their different feels and switching characteristics. (When I first saw the press release headline I thought these RGB keys would not be about illumination colour but about having a configurable feel...)

Red module above, seen equipped with transparent case

Cherry says that the new RGB keyswitches will be made available in keyboards with all of the four familiar switching versions popular today. We are reminded of the following colour coded types:

  • Blue switch: Click pressure point, key stroke with tactile and audible contact feedback
  • Brown switch: Soft pressure point, key stroke with soft tactile contact feedback
  • Red switch: Without pressure point, linear light actuation – switching function with a defined force of approx. 45 cN without contact feedback
  • Black switch: Without pressure point, linear actuation – switching function with a defined force of approx. 60 cN without contact feedback

Both the Cherry RGB keyswitches and exclusive gaming keyboards incorporating them, made by Corsair, will be demonstrated at CES Las Vegas in January 2014.

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I will be buying a brown switch keyboard with these RGB lights. Bring on the products!
Cherry and Corsair. Match made in heaven. Can't wait to see what else they have in store for us.
No doubt these will be very nice….and painfully expensive. I'll be keeping my K90 until it dies. It may only be 80% mechanical, but that doesnt bother me.

For readers thinking of the upgrade from the spongy hell of membrane boards….just do it. Totally worth it.
As far as I can tell, the only way in which these differ from existing Cherry MX switches with backlighting is that with these, the keyswitch housing acts as a lightpipe for SMT LEDs on the mounting board, whereas existing keyswitches have a cavity to allow a through-hole LED to pass through. It might marginally decrease assembly costs, but as you already need to pick&place and wave-solder the through-hole Cherry switches anyway, you don't actually get to skip any assembly steps. SMT LEDs are slightly cheaper, I guess?
No doubt these will be very nice….and painfully expensive. .

I expect you're right, shame though ,as I assume they will look pretty darn good.

That said, I will need to replace my Saitek Eclipse II soon, so will be keeping an eye out.