Corsair adds tactile switches, tenkeyless footprint to Vengeance mechanical keyboards

Corsair’s Vengeance keyboards are some of the nicest mechanical offerings around. They have stunning industrial designs, thoughtful features, and, finally, all-mechanical key switches. There’s just one problem: to date, Vengeance keyboards have been available exclusively with Cherry MX red switches. This switch type has a light touch that’s suitable for rapid-fire gaming, but its lack of tactile feedback is a turn-off for some users—especially those who spend more time typing than gaming.

Well, good news. At the Computex show in Taiwan, Corsair has revealed versions of the Vengeance K70 with MX brown and blue switches. Both switch types offer the tactile "bump" missing from their linear red counterparts. The blue variant requires an additional five grams of actuation force, too, and it produces an audible click with each successful keystroke.

Like the existing Vengeance K70, the new models have fast polling rates and anti-ghosting tech. They also employ slick backlighting that can be adjusted on a per-key basis. The new models are due in July and will priced at $130, just like the current MX red model.

Corsair will also start shipping its Vengeance K65 keyboard in July. This model will cost only $90, in part because it has fewer keys.

The K65 drops the numpad to provide a smaller footprint. Corsair says the spacing hasn’t changed for the remaining keys; a few inches have just been taken off the right side of the board. Some other features have been cut, as well. The K65 lacks the volume roller present on full-sized Vengeance keyboards, and there’s no backlighting.

I use the numpad a lot, so I couldn’t get by with a tenkeyless design. However, I might be willing to trade an organ for the Vengeance K70 with MX brown switches. I’ve played around with the MX red version of the K70, and it’s just about perfect. The only thing it needs is my favorite switch type… and maybe a pass-through USB 3.0 port.

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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    I know I’m spamming this sorry, the K95 really needs this upgrade too.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    ” The only thing it needs is my favorite switch type… and maybe a pass-through USB 3.0 port.”

    what is your favorite switch type?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    So the K95 is all black, not as beautiful as the aluminum base on the K70 redesign

    • brute
    • 6 years ago

    thank GOD

    ive been wanting to take my keyboard to starbucks with me. the ladies used to laugh at my 10key. now we’ll see who’s laughing!

      • Chrispy_
      • 6 years ago

      [url=http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/imacs-in-inappropriate-places-starbucks-edition/251738/<]+1 good sir[/url<]

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    so wait the k90 not getting the brown’s??? SAd 🙁

    • thesmileman
    • 6 years ago

    In my opinion benfit of the blues (other than the tactival feedback) is for the “w” key. They have much less force than they blue when holding them down (not actuation force) than any of the others including the browns. This is great if your hand gets tired while running in games because you don’t have that resistance to hold the key down like you do with the others.

    • Grape Flavor
    • 6 years ago

    These fancy keyboards are all the rage, but to be honest I’m pretty happy with my cheapo rubber-dome unit. I’m sure these are better, but >$100 feels like a lot to spend on a keyboard, you know? There’s other things competing for that money.

    Maybe if they had these things in retail stores so I could give them a feel without committing, that would be cool.

      • just brew it!
      • 6 years ago

      If the number of product launches are any indication, they’re becoming mainstream enough that B&M retail stores should be stocking them. Maybe the profit margins are too thin; a substantial percentage of the retail price of a Cherry-based mechanical keyboard is actually the cost of the switch mechanisms.

        • thesmileman
        • 6 years ago

        The Cost of the Cherry MX Switches is were almost all of the cost goes. Even buying in massive bulk they are pretty expensive.

          • just brew it!
          • 6 years ago

          Yes, that’s why I’m thinking the profit margins are rather slim. Assembly costs are almost certainly higher than on a rubber dome ‘board as well, since each individual switch needs to be soldered to the PCB. While the actual soldering is likely done by machine, all 104 switches probably need to be placed by hand prior to soldering since they are awkwardly shaped through-hole components. I imagine putting the keycaps on involves manual labor as well — at least for the stabilizer springs under the larger keys, if not the entire key array.

          The basic Cherry mechanical keyboard design has been around since before the era of mass-produced $10 keyboards, and wasn’t optimized to minimize production costs!

      • thesmileman
      • 6 years ago

      I used to think this way until I got a Kinesis Contoured Keyboard with Cherry Brown switches and it is night an day on my carpel tunnel and much better than the rubber dome stuff. Since it is one of two ways I interacte with my computer I don’t mind paying for it. Also the switches are the main cost they are not gauging people on these. Though If would probably rather get a Ducky shine keyboard that this.

      • slowriot
      • 6 years ago

      Stores like Best Buy carry Razer’s gaming keyboards and mice, something from their Black Widow lineup will have mechanical switches.

    • Krogoth
    • 6 years ago

    Still nothing beats the Model M…..

      • Kurotetsu
      • 6 years ago

      I’ve been wanting to give a buckling spring keyboard a try. I figure since its been around this long it must be doing something right.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    Given these alterations I will likely buy a K70 or above in the coming months. This is what I was waiting for.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    Idea here, White keys w/ black text…. I had a keyboard like that some time ago. It was the softest backlight but the most visible all the time. No one seems to make something like that w/ mech switches.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 6 years ago

    IF ONLY they had introduced the MX Brown version sooner, I might not have had to buy the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth with the blue lighting (had to buy before they switched to uglyass green!). Alas, they stuck with their horrible MX Red’s and so I was forced to go with Razer.

    I hope you learned your lesson, Corsair. Keyboards should have MX keys set up for typing first and foremost. They’re KEYBOARDS. No matter what anyone says, keyboards are for typing first. MX Reds would probably be great for gamepads like the G13 or whatever.

    And I wish Razer would get the memo and stop pushing green on everything instead of just making everything color-configurable.

    • just brew it!
    • 6 years ago

    Cue complaints about too many mechanical keyboard news stories in 3… 2… 1…

    😉

    • derFunkenstein
    • 6 years ago

    I use a tenkey a fair amount but I have a USB one that I used with a laptop. I could go for a tenkey-less keyboard and then bust out the other one as necessary. If I needed it every day, then no way.

      • Johannesburg
      • 6 years ago

      There are always wireless numpads for the occasion… Though it’s just another thing to worry about.

    • trackerben
    • 6 years ago

    TenKeyLess and BackLightLess. I’ll stick with CM QuickFire. The volume control looks useful where it is above the backspace, too bad.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 years ago

      What kind of purpose does a backlight serve? Do people sit in total dark to play games that often?

        • Yeats
        • 6 years ago

        Not total dark, but I like having my office dim in the evening… a small amount of soft light is more relaxing, and makes working on photos easier, than a brightly lit room.

        A backlit keyboard is very nice to have in that scenario.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 6 years ago

          I guess? I have a small desk lamp that shines into a corner so that the light is diffuse, and I can still read the white letters on my black keycaps. If you can’t more power to you I guess, I just don’t get it.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 6 years ago

        There are dozens of applications for backlighting. Think about it.

        Edit: Sorry, legit answer. Low light use, under desk use, gaming in the dark. Nearly one hundred percent of my home computer use takes place in one of those 3 situations so that is why I enjoy backlighting.

        That being said the best design for back lighting I’ve ever used was a white key with black text. Less light from the LED then produces more visibility and also you can see the keyboard better w/o backlighting. Sadly no one makes those anymore w/ mech switches.

          • brute
          • 6 years ago

          what are you doing under the desk?

        • slowriot
        • 6 years ago

        I personally don’t get it either. My previous keyboard had backlighting that I kept turned off. That said… my fingers have better recall of where all the keys are than my brain.

        EDIT: Currently using a Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid with Cherry MX Reds. So I’m both backlightless and tenkeyless and loving it.

    • Bensam123
    • 6 years ago

    Agreed, I have a K90 and besides the useless G-Keys on the side, the one thing that it really was missing were brown switches (this is coming from a pretty hardcore gamer). I’m still pretty darn happy with it… just not K70 happy apparently. :l

    • Generic
    • 6 years ago

    Damn. I would’ve been looking long and hard at the stumpy version if they had kept the backlit keys. I 10-key a lot, but the desk at home has a tiny keyboard tray.

    • Firestarter
    • 6 years ago

    Is there any news regarding the MX Brown switches? Last I heard was that Logitech bought all of them, screwing others out of them.

      • Bensam123
      • 6 years ago

      lol, Logitech is hording all the good switches?

        • Firestarter
        • 6 years ago

        From what I’ve read, yeah

          • just brew it!
          • 6 years ago

          Looks like Newegg has the brown versions of the Rosewill RK-9000 and Das in stock, so either the shortage hasn’t hit them yet, or is already abating.

          Cherry’s gotta be loving the mechanical keyboard craze. They’ve probably sold more MX switches in the past couple of years than they did in the entire previous decade.

            • Bensam123
            • 6 years ago

            Yeah.. they also became a computer enthusiast go to brand name. I’m sure that ego stroke didn’t hurt.

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