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Close-up with the Best Keyboards of Computex 2014

By Team HardwareZone - 6 Jun 2014

Keyboards of Computex 2014

Corsair Vengeance K70 / K95 RGB
Announced earlier this year during CES, the updated versions of the popular Corsair K70 and K95 mechanical keyboards, the K70 RGB and K95 RGB make their actual debut at Computex 2014. These are the world’s first keyboards to fully feature the latest Cherry MX RGB key switches with individual per key backlight customization with 16.8 million colors to choose from.

The K95 RGB comes with 18 G-Keys, customizable macro keys for up to 108 macros. It also has full key rollover and anti-ghosting. The K70 RGB is similar, except that it doesn’t feature the macro keys. At present, both keyboards will feature Cherry MX Red switches, but the K70 should have Blue and Brown varieties when their RGB variants are made available.

Aorus Thunder K7
The K7 is touted as the “world’s first detachable mechanical keyboard”. Of course, that’s being rather selective since Microsoft came out with a switchable keypad gaming keyboard all the way back in 2008 – the SideWinder X6. Six years later in 2014, Aorus revisits this interesting concept and throws in some much welcomed improvements.

The Aorus K7 is probably the most customizable mechanical gaming keyboard you can get your hands on today.

First things first, the K7 is a mechanical keyboard using Cherry MX Red switches with full anti-ghosting capabilities, as should be expected by any serious gaming keyboard. The detachable keypad portion works similarly as the SideWinder X6. It features magnetic contacts that you can snap to either the right or left side of the keyboard, which makes it a great ambidextrous device for lefties to easily access the keypad and macro keys. Speaking of which, the detachable keypad features 20 macro keys with a fully customizable macro engine for up to 100 additional macro combinations, plus up to 5 profile settings.

As expected of current trends, the Cherry MX Red is the switch of choice for gaming keyboards.

What’s great about the K7 is that the detachable keypad comes with its own special USB cable that you can snap onto its magnetic contacts. This turns the keypad into an independent macro keypad, if you do not need the full keyboard in the way.

Like the Microsoft Sidewinder X6, the Aorus K7 has a detachable keypad that can snap on either on the left or right of the keyboard.

This special USB cable allows the detachable keypad to be used all on its own away from the keyboard.

Cooler Master Novatouch TKL
Cooler Master has a new “mechanical” keyboard out for gamers called the Novatouch TKL. The secret however is that it isn’t actually mechanical. It uses Cooler Master’s exclusive Hybrid Capacitive switches that are designed and weighted to offer a uniform 45g actuation over the entire keyboard. The result is an experience that is very close to the Cherry MX Red. The Hybrid Capacitive switches also have a key cap design that is cross compatible with Cherry MX caps. So, if you feel like it, you can replace all the keys with your favorite from a Cherry MX keyboard.

Cooler Master isn't a stranger to Cherry MX mechanical keyboards, but their new Novatouch TKL offers a new hybrid switch that is said to be comparable to Cherry MX switches.

Cooler Master's own Hybrid Capacitive switch is compatible with Cherry MX key caps too.


CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Si
The QuickFire Rapid Si is like a consolidation of all of Cooler Master’s previous gaming keyboard technologies. The original QuickFire Rapid was a short mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry MX switches (available in Black, Brown, Blue and subsequently Red). This keyboard was improved upon with the Rapid-i, which featured an onboard ARM processor to allow for intelligent backlighting and reactive key illumination that responds to touch. The new QuickFire Rapid Si further adds the Stealth feature found in the QuickFire Stealth, where key markings are on the front side of the keys instead of the top. However, where the QuickFire Stealth just had they keys printed on, the Rapid Si features the same intelligent backlighting of the Rapid-i.

Backlit intelligent stealth keys make the QuickFire Rapid Si an interesting option for minimalist gamers.

It doesn’t have a fancy design with additional buttons and scroll wheels. It doesn’t have rainbow colored disco lights. And that’s its greatest strength. In short, it’s just one cool keyboard.