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Corsair Unveils New RAPIDFIRE Keyboards With Cherry MX Speed Switches

Category: Input Devices
Posted: 10:25AM

Corsair is well known for its cases, power supplies, RAM, and host of other PC products, with today's focus being on its keyboard line. Three new entries are introduced with a new piece of technology to set them apart, as each keyboard benefits from the Cherry MX Speed switch. This new switch has an actuation distance of just 1.2mm, 40% shorter than other Cherry MX switches. It lets the new keyboards register presses that much faster, which is why Corsair has dubbed the new line RAPIDFIRE. The Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE, and K70 RAPIDFIRE all receive the new Cherry MX Speed switch giving them the short actuation distance and a 45g actuation force, so a light press is all that's needed.

Both the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE and K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE feature per-key multi-color backlighting, giving you a customized look against the brushed aluminum chassis. The K70 RAPIDFIRE simply has red LED backlighting, but either one works with the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) to set up the lighting however you wish. The lighting can be synchronized across the entire Corsair line with CUE, so your full setup can share the same look.

Both K70s are a full keyboard design, while the K65 is a tenkeyless model, so it's more compact for anyone desiring a small keyboard. All three benefit from full key rollover on USB and a 100% anti-ghosting design to register every key press. Each one comes with contoured and textured keys for FPS and MOBA layouts, with the spacebar also featuring a textured design. A key-puller is included to swap out the textured keys for regular ones or any others you might want to use, or to just make cleaning easier. A USB 2.0 passthrough is included on all three to connect a mouse, headset, or other device, while dedicated media controls mean adjusting volume or changing tracks doesn't require an awkward finger combination to pull off. The soft-touch wrist rest easily attaches or detaches for support during marathon gaming sessions.

The Corsair RAPIDFIRE keyboards are available today, with the K70 RGB priced at $169.99, the K65 RGB at $139.99, and the K70 at $129.99. All feature a two-year warranty and Corsair support.

Source: Press Release

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