In a small CES preview, Corsair have emailed us about one of their internal design projects they will be showcasing this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Corsair is calling this the MX RGB Project: 100% mechanical key switches with per-key color backlighting, giving the user full control of 16.8 million color resolution.

This is a collaboration between Corsair and Cherry Corp., a technical showcase based on a Vengeance K70 keyboard and new Cherry MX RGB switches.  The aim is to get a similar product on the shelves in the second half of 2014 in the fast Cherry MX Red, the light tactile Cherry MX Brown, or tactile and audible Cherry MX Blue.

Corsair wants feedback on ideas like this: I for one could see it useful for lighting up different keys that have different functions in different games.  If it can detect when I am playing Battlefield 4 vs. Borderlands 2 or Grand Theft Auto, then I cannot wait to see it in the flesh.  Expect it to be available sometime after Computex, when I am sure we will see a near-final version.

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  • Dustin Sklavos - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    I like reds for general purpose (my desktop at home), but for pure work I vastly prefer blues. I have an MX Blue K70 coming in here soon for a screenwriting build; I love the audible feedback, it SOUNDS and FEELS like work is getting done.
  • Araemo - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    I used a keyboard with CherryMX Red switches for a week - typo'd to hell and back. Swapped to blacks and I've been very happy with them. But finding a keyboard with blacks is difficult.

    This actually sounds like my ideal keyboard:

    (Clears would be a possible second choice, but they're also difficult to find.)
  • piiman - Saturday, May 31, 2014 - link

    "I have the K95 and the keys definitely need more physical feedback. In fact, the feel is much worse than non-mechanical keyboards, as the Cherry Reds don't have any click at all to them."

    They're not supposed to click. You need to buy the key board with the switches you like You do know there are 4 different types that have different clicks or non clicks to them, right? However I have tries the red and they do in fact click just not as loud as the others. But that's what most people seem to like. To each his own.
  • vFunct - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Also the backlighting doesn't light up enough of each key - the number keys don't light up the special characters, for example.

    And the K95 M keys need to accept shift/alt/control modifiers.

    But yah the actual "click" feedback on the keys are needed.
  • NavasC - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    It's impossible for the lighting to light up the whole key - You can't center the light because that's where the switch is, so the light has to be above the switch, offset from the center.
  • just4U - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    OMG... it's a Lite Brite in a keyboard.. mechanical no less... must... have!
  • piiman - Saturday, May 31, 2014 - link

    LOL yea its basically useless (although depending on the software I might find a use) but it looks so damn cool! :-)
  • L33k - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Please let the people at Corsair that we want "tournament" style keyboards too. I would love this keyboard in a Ten Key less fashion like the Quickfire TK where the number pad it integrated with the arrows and 6 key section. Please Anand let the Corsair peeps know this!
  • Dustin Sklavos - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link



    ...seriously, I e-mailed the PMs about the equalizer and per-game lighting profiles. So trust me, WE SEE ALL.
  • piiman - Saturday, May 31, 2014 - link

    Other than using it to decorate at Christmas time :-) per-game lighting profiles is a must for this.

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