Corsair Launches K70 and K95 Cherry MX RGB Keyboards, M65 RGB Mouseby Ian Cutress on June 2, 2014 11:44 AM EST
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We initially covered Corsair’s preview of their Cherry MX RGB project at CES, but today Corsair is formally announcing their Cherry MX RGB range: two mechanical keyboards and a mouse. All three bring customization in the form of 16.8 billion colors, and will be coming to market in the late July to August timeframe.
They keyboards are modified versions of the K95 and K70, both offering per-key lighting. The K95 is fully equipped with 18 macro keys with presets for 108 different combinations as well as 100% anti-ghost, full key rollover and a 1000 Hz reporting rate. The construction of the keyboard is in aircraft-grade black anodized aluminium, and Corsair offers a 2 year warranty. MSRP is set at $190 and the K95 will be available in red switches only.
The K70, one of the most popular mechanical keyboards on the market, follows the design of the K95 without the macro keys but will also be available in red, blue and brown mechanical key switches. The MX Red version will be available first in late July, with Blue and Brown coming in late August. MSRP for this non-macro version will be $170, with a similar 2-year warranty.
In the RGB lineup it makes sense to include a mouse, and Corsair has fitted its M65 with tri-zone RGB lighting for a full 16.8 million color customization. The aluminium unibody shell uses an 8200 DPI laser sensor with an adjustable weight system for personal preference and play style. The mouse also has eight programmable buttons as well as a dedicated sniper button. On the fly DPI switching is also possible. The M65 RGB will be available late August at an MSRP of $70.
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EzioAs - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkYou mean 16.8 million right?
JarredWalton - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkYes... or more like "15-20 colors with lots of shades you will probably never use". ;-)
ioconnor - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkThe K95 macros only work on windows. Sure less complicated macros can be programmed into the keyboard directly. However to do even this requires a windows machine. So basically this $200 keyboard is similar to much cheaper $20 keyboards except that it has a million shades of colors that can be assigned to each key. Corsair needs a bit of pressure to make them do the right thing. And now with gamers moving in droves to Linux it is time Corsair spends a few extra dollars so that these keyboards will work on Linux.
JarredWalton - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkExcept, Cherry MX keyboards always start at around $100, give or take, so this $180 keyboard is the equivalent of a $100 keyboard with added fancy backlighting features and the ability to do lots of under Windows. So for the <1% of the market using Linux for gaming (sorry -- Steam Machines aren't really doing anything to change that right now).
bountygiver - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkI didn't know we van get a mechanical keyboard for $20
SpartanJet - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkNo gamer is leaving the best gaming OS for Linux (or for any other reason). Give it a rest.
Fairywinkle - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkNo, maybe not, probably not within the lifespan of this product,
but there's another thing that Corsair apparently doesn't see:
Gamers aren't your only future market, quite possibly not even the biggest.
We content creators could also do with a couple of extra keys. In combination with brown or blue switches! And yes, all that working with Linux ootb instead of some hacked together community solutions would be nice too!
There's a lot of stuff I can see myself doing with those extra keys on the best computing OS.
What's the freaking point of the k95 being *Windows* *gamer* exclusive?
Anyhow, the color thingy surely is awesome enough for me to wait with my new buy until the k70 rgb with browns will be available.
But improvements like 2 USB ports, one of them maybe USB-3, would be nice also.
Please Corsair, don't forget the practical effect over the visual one.
SpartanJet - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkSeems like people piece together a working driver sooner or later. Its more important to support the 95% of the people playing/developing for Windows and WinRT/Windows Phone than such an insignificant market like Linux. Oh wait, this is the year its taking off right? lol
404 NAME Not Found - Monday, July 21, 2014 - linkThe program is going to be open source and Corsair is encouraging the community to mod to their hearts content. Other OS's will probably have support within a month due to the modding community. It will also help create even more complex and unique back-lighting modes.
Cynyd - Saturday, August 16, 2014 - linkNot at all it has cherry switches which you can not find unused for $20 or even close to $20, not to mention corsairs superior quality and looks to that of similar. The cheapest colored keyboard like this but using khale switches is still about $100 or more. Not to mention everyone is using windows (give or take 1%) Which im sure is a great marketing option for corsair to support one % of the community and lose a profit. Yes I agree Linux has way better potential but windows has a few things right now and linux needs a push if anyone.