Thursday, April 21st 2016

Corsair Announces Three Keyboards with CHERRY MX SPEED Switches

Corsair, a leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the newest entries to its celebrated line-up of mechanical keyboards, the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE and K70 RAPIDFIRE. The first keyboards in the world to feature the all-new Cherry MX Speed switch, the Corsair RAPIDFIRE family's linear mechanical key switches actuate at a distance of just 1.2 mm. 40% Faster than a standard Cherry MX key switch, the Corsair RAPIDFIRE range gives gamers the edge when every millisecond counts and the outcome of a match rests on a single key press.

The RAPIDFIRE family of gaming keyboards build on Corsair's legendary legacy of quality and innovation, retaining the aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminium construction and German-made Cherry MX key switches that has helped make the Corsair K70, K70 RGB and K65 best-sellers among gamers, PC enthusiasts, or anyone who simply demanded more from their keyboard.
With the new Cherry MX Speed key switch, the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, K65 RAPIDFIRE and K70 RAPIDFIRE offer a new choice for those who demand the fastest key switches available. An ultrafast 1.2 mm actuation point and light 45g actuation force make them ideal for split-second key presses or clutch gaming moments where every millisecond counts. With the speed you need to stay ahead and the accuracy you need to win, Cherry MX Speed is the standout choice for gamers who demand the shortest path to victory and is exclusive to Corsair.

Beneath the brushed aluminium and exclusive key switches, the RAPIDFIRE range is just as smart as it is fast. The K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE and K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE feature upgraded per-key multi-color dynamic vibrant back-lighting, allowing users to customize the color, pattern or lighting effect of every single key, while the K70 RAPIDFIRE offers the same effects in single-color red LED lighting. Whichever gamers chose, they'll benefit from a host of easily downloadable profiles online to instantly light up their keyboard, or a host of pre-sets built into Corsair's powerful software, Corsair Utility Engine (CUE).

What's more, the RAPIDFIRE range of keyboards can be paired with the rest of the Corsair Peripheral range to unlock the full lighting potential of CUE. Synchronize the lighting effects of both your mouse and keyboard with CUE LINK, compatible with any Corsair RGB mouse, or see your sound by turning your keyboard into a dazzling graphic equalizer with VOID Visualizer, compatible with any Corsair VOID USB Headset.

All three RAPIDFIRE keyboards are also packed with features to give owners the edge, whatever game they play. The entire RAPIDFIRE family use 100% anti-ghosting gaming-grade circuitry and full key rollover over USB to ensure every key press counts. Replacement textured and contoured key caps are included for FPS (WASD) and MOBA (QWERDF) layouts, alongside a key-puller to make removing keys for replacement or maintenance simple. A USB 2.0 pass-through port allows you to easily connect a mouse, headset or any other USB device to your PC, while a full array of dedicated media controls and volume scroller means your game doesn't have to stop to skip a track or pause the music. Finally, the included detachable soft-touch wrist rest provides the comfort to game for long as your fingers can keep up.

Corsair RAPIDFIRE - Play faster, Win More.

Specifications
  • Ultrafast mechanical gaming keyboard: Ultrafast 1.2 mm actuation and light 45g switch force for truly unrivaled response time.
  • 100% Anti-ghosting and full key rollover over USB circuitry: No matter how fast you go your keypresses will always register.
  • Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame: Light weight and rugged durability you need for a keyboard that's going to see a lot of action.
  • 100% Cherry MX Speed RGB key switches: Ultrafast performance with the precision and durability of Gold contact Cherry MX mechanical gaming key switches. (K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE and K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE Only.)
  • Advanced lighting control and large font keycaps: Experience dynamic, vibrant multi-color backlighting.
  • The power of CUE: Sophisticated macro programming and fast, fluid dynamic multicolor illumination for an enlightened gaming experience.
  • Detachable soft-touch wrist rest: The comfort you need for marathon gaming sessions.
  • Dedicated multimedia controls: The control you need to adjust your audio without interrupting your game.
  • USB Pass-through port: Positioned for uninterrupted game play and ready for your mouse or wireless headset adapter,
  • FPS and MOBA keycap sets: Textured and contoured keycaps provide maximum grip and enhanced feel,
  • MSRP: K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE - $169.99, K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE - $139.99, K70 RAPIDFIRE - $129.99
Availability and Warranty
The full Corsair RAPIDFIRE range is available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network and carries a comprehensive two year warranty.
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13 Comments on Corsair Announces Three Keyboards with CHERRY MX SPEED Switches

#1
AsRock
TPU addict
Again another Corsair fail for me, and for the price i be wanting programmable keys.
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#2
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
hmmm $60 mechanical vs $130-170.... Ill take the $60 lol
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#3
Fx
crazyeyesreaper said:
hmmm $60 mechanical vs $130-170.... Ill take the $60 lol
What is the $60 keyboard you speak of?
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#4
Ferrum Master
Fx said:
What is the $60 keyboard you speak of?
Exactly my thoughts! Spill the beans.
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crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
Now are all these as PRETTY as the Corsair no. Then again I don't fucking stare at a keyboard. I use the damn thing while staring at a screen lol.

That said i use a Cooler Master Quickfire TK which i got from newegg a couple years ago for $60 on sale.

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13790

http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13788

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13785

CM $70
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0068INSUM/?tag=tec06d-20


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z8E58MI/?tag=tec06d-20

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZE2PJS/?tag=tec06d-20
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#6
L.ccd
I'd like to know how slow you'd have to push your keys for that .8mm actuation point shift to actually matter. But hey, that allows them to market it as "40% faster", so surely it must make a difference :D

The amount of marketing crap mech keyboards users are fed... jesus.
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#7
xvi
Considering my K95 (non-RGB) has LEDs dying left and right, I don't think I'll be buying another Corsair keyboard unless there's no other good option. I've already had to RMA it once and the RMA is dying now too. Two year warranty is no good if you constantly have to send it back.

Cherry switches are not the only good switches, I use exactly 0% of the Corsair software features, and that price is just too steep for something that's always being mailed back for RMA.

I bought a Rosewill RGB 10-keyless Khali Blue keyboard for $50 and other than the lack of 10-key, I much prefer it over the Corsair.

With that said, when the Corsair does work, it works quite nicely. It's great aesthetically and I'm sure their RGB implementation is much better than Rosewill's (which isn't saying much).
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
L.ccd said:
I'd like to know how slow you'd have to push your keys for that .8mm actuation point shift to actually matter. But hey, that allows them to market it as "40% faster", so surely it must make a difference :D

The amount of marketing crap mech keyboards users are fed... jesus.
Thing is that you don't have to fully press a cherry in the 1st place, example the browns as soon as you start pushing them you can feel the switch right away.

so faster ermm no 40% that's for sure, they make it sound like you have to fully push the switch for it to activate.

That's why i like blues as they learn you that there is no need to fully press the switch.

xvi said:
Considering my K95 has LEDs dying left and right, I don't think I'll be buying another unless I have to. I've already had to RMA it once and the RMA is dying now too. Two year warranty is no good if you constantly have to send it back.
This a resent problem ?, as a few brands has the issue some time ago and thought this might of gone away by now.

So the problems back ?.
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#9
EzioAs
xvi said:
Considering my K95 (non-RGB) has LEDs dying left and right, I don't think I'll be buying another Corsair keyboard unless there's no other good option. I've already had to RMA it once and the RMA is dying now too. Two year warranty is no good if you constantly have to send it back.

Cherry switches are not the only good switches, I use exactly 0% of the Corsair software features, and that price is just too steep for something that's always being mailed back for RMA.

I bought a Rosewill RGB 10-keyless Khali Blue keyboard for $50 and other than the lack of 10-key, I much prefer it over the Corsair.

With that said, when the Corsair does work, it works quite nicely. It's great aesthetically and I'm sure their RGB implementation is much better than Rosewill's (which isn't saying much).
Are the LEDs blue? My K70 had the same problem as well. I've seen in forums and reviews that this is pretty common with the blue LEDs. I don't mind it that much but I can see how some people might feel disappointed.
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Fx
xvi said:
Considering my K95 (non-RGB) has LEDs dying left and right, I don't think I'll be buying another Corsair keyboard unless there's no other good option. I've already had to RMA it once and the RMA is dying now too. Two year warranty is no good if you constantly have to send it back.
Ouch! I have had my Deck keyboard for 5 years and all of the LEDs are still working. I have only taken it apart once to thoroughly clean and that was just because I wanted to; not because something wasn't working. My LEDs are blue.
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#11
xvi
EzioAs said:
Are the LEDs blue? My K70 had the same problem as well. I've seen in forums and reviews that this is pretty common with the blue LEDs. I don't mind it that much but I can see how some people might feel disappointed.
Mine came with white LEDs. I researched it after I bought the keyboard and it appears it's a really common problem.
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#12
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Bought Corsair K70 with RED backlikt and brown keys. Easily the best keyboard ever!
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#13
ensabrenoir
L.ccd said:
I'd like to know how slow you'd have to push your keys for that .8mm actuation point shift to actually matter. But hey, that allows them to market it as "40% faster", so surely it must make a difference :D

The amount of marketing crap mech keyboards users are fed... jesus.
yeah.....but some.....alot still fall for it. I wonder what type of overly hyped fluff marketing do i unwittingly fall for without consciously knowing it.... who am I kidding.... I'm one of those ooooo shinyyyyyy / oooo newwww (grabs wallet) guys.:D. #workhardenjoythefruitsofmylabor.
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