Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, with some preferring the rubber domed or scissored keyboard switches where the typing is typically quieter and “softer”. Others prefer mechanical keyboards where the there is more tactile and auditory feedback, both of which can either prove to be immensely satisfying or extremely annoying. For the most part, Cherry is the company that manufactures these switches for mechanical keyboards, where the switches range from Blue, Brown, Red, or Black. The company has recently announced that they will be teaming up with Corsair to launch a new set of switches and keyboards come 2014 which they will be debuting at CES 2014.
These switches will be known as the Cherry MX RGB and while they will be offered along with the typical choices of Blue, Brown, Red, or Black, the main difference would be the fact that these switches will come with SMD LEDs to help illuminate the keyboard. While keyboards with LED backlighting aren’t new, there are some keyboards where the lighting is not evenly distributed. According to Karl-Heinz Müller, Product Developer, “With our newly developed MX RGB switch, key symbols can be evenly illuminated not only in the widest variety of brightness levels but also in up to 16.7 million different colors.”
As expected from Cherry, the MX RGB switches will also allow for N-key rollovers, meaning that users will be able to press multiple keys at once and have them register, without the “ghost key” effect”. This particular feature is great for gaming especially when you have multiple keybinds going on at once. In any case we can’t wait to see what Cherry and Corsair have for us, so check back with us during CES 2014 for the details!