Cherry and Corsair Collaborate to Debut Cherry MX RGB Switches at CES 2014
Cherry and Corsair will partner for an exclusive joint launch of Cherry MX RGB switches and keyboards in 2014. The two will first debut the Cherry MX RGB on Corsair keyboards at Corsair’s press suite at CES 2014 this coming January.
To date, MX switches with Gold Crosspoint technology have been delivering high precision, optimal operating feel, and an extreme long service life. Various manufacturers of mechanical keyboards have been employing Cherry MX switches in different variants, especially for gaming.
Now, Cherry is taking a step further by incorporating the RGB technology. Directly mounted on the circuit board, SMD (Surface Mount Devices) LEDs illuminate key symbols in specially designed keycaps using the MX RGB switch in the entire RGB color spectrum. The latest MX switch variant enables key symbols to be evenly illuminated not only in the widest variety of brightness levels but also in up to 16.7 million different colors.
Designed to meet the specific needs of gamers, the MX RGB keyswitches allow for highly precise and speedy key strokes with Gold Crosspoint contacts. Special keyboards equipped with N-key rollover can be realized based on conventional MX switches that's crucial for gaming, as commands as often assigned to certain key combinations.
The Gold Crosspoint contacts are characterized by the low bounce time for high switching frequency, excellent feedback, and particularly high response speed. The use of gold in the contacts also allows optimum contact resistance to be permanently achieved over the entire product life cycle. The self-cleaning contacts are insensitive to dust and dirt. Thanks to the MX technology designed for maximum durability, at least 50 million key strokes / contact switches can be achieved per switch without sacrificing quality.
Cherry now offers the new MX RGB switches in the four familiar versions with different switching characteristics:-
- 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