Corsair releases RGB peripherals, intros Corsair Gaming division

After much teasing, dating back to the first reveal of the Cherry MX RGB switches last December, Corsair says its RGB-series keyboards are now available worldwide—along with the M65 RGB mouse and a couple of technicolor gaming headsets, the H2100 and H1500.

Source: Corsair.

The company already outlined (most of) its RGB keyboards and mice in June. The lineup includes the $189.99 K95 RGB and $169.99 K70 RGB keyboards, not to mention the $69.99 M65 mouse. Also part of the series: the tenkeyless K65 RGB keyboard, which will be a Best Buy exclusive priced at $149.99.

These are all RGB-infused variants of existing Corsair peripherals of the same names. The keyboards feature the new Cherry MX RGB switches, while the mouse has some strategically positioned LEDs that deliver the same selection of 16.8 million colors.

Source: Corsair.

Also coming out today are the H1500 and H2100, two gaming headsets featuring 7.1 Dolby surround sound, noise-canceling mics, memory foam earpads, and 50-mm neodymium drivers. The H2100 is wireless with a range of up to 40 feet and battery life of up to 10 hours. List prices are $79.99 for the H1500 and $99.99 for the H2100.

These new keyboards, mice, and headsets are all the work of a new division within Corsair called Corsair Gaming. The division has its own brand and logo, and you'll see that logo etched on all of the gear introduced today. Corsair CEO Andy Paul explains: "For 20 years, Corsair has equipped gamers with high performance, precision hardware to build their dream PCs.  Corsair Gaming now introduces new ways for PC gamers to optimize how they play. . . . We've brought together our engineering expertise and our passion for gaming to build a line of products that delivers performance, customized for however you play."

We have one of the new K70 RGB keyboards in our labs, and we're working on a review as we speak. Stay tuned!

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    • spugm1r3
    • 5 years ago

    Anybody know if they moved the “sniper” button back on the latest iteration of the mouse? I love my M60, with the exception of a flaky middle mouse button, but the “sniper” button was way too far forward to ever reach naturally.

    • odizzido
    • 5 years ago

    I am not a big fan of corsair stuff. Their(seasonic’s?) PSUs are fine because the company that actually makes them is good. However I’ve had a few pairs of headsets from them and they both died on me pretty quickly. I guess the company that makes those isn’t as good.

    And that’s what corsair is to me, a crap shoot on quality. Not anything I am interested in.

      • EzioAs
      • 5 years ago

      You can’t judge them entirely based on just one type of product. Maybe their headsets are terrible, but most of the PSUs, keyboards and other stuff are pretty high quality.

        • Anovoca
        • 5 years ago

        Did you just argue against his argument by using his argument?

          • EzioAs
          • 5 years ago

          Perhaps…but it’s also as he said, the headsets manufacturer is probably not as good but the psu OEM is. Even though some of them aren’t made from Flextronics and Seasonic, the HX/HXi and RM is still above average to excellent. Corsair also have some terrific cases. Not that they have the best build quality, but again, it’s still good to excellent. The same can be said for their memory modules and fans as well.

          What I’m trying to say is here is that odizzido conclusive remark on Corsair’s build quality is just not true. He’s making a point that since their headsets are terrible, other Corsair’s products are “crap shoot on quality”. That’s like saying Silverstone’s power supply units have terrible quality, so the rest of their products (mostly cases) are also crap.

          P.S. Sorry for the bad English by the way.

      • Anovoca
      • 5 years ago

      I kinda feel the same way about Rosewil products. Yeah they make a few products really well but I’ve had a run of bad luck enough to avoid them all together. Hopefully this new sub-brand will create more consistency with engineering, design, and mfg. Then again the difference could be as little as chevy and gmc; a splash of chrome here, a new log there, and 50% added to the price tag.

      • bfar
      • 5 years ago

      They used Seasonic/Flextronic built PSUs as they were making a name for themselves in the market. However they’ve gone to CWT for they’re more recent products, which is a shame. They’re ok, but not the top quality that was used to build the brand and set pricing model.

      I would worry that the rest of Corsair’s product line is sliding the same way. I bought an Obsidian 450 case a couple of months back – it’s good but not great.

        • EzioAs
        • 5 years ago

        The older TX and HX series are also made by CWT (they’re not a new OEM for Corsair) and yet they are still great.

        • cynan
        • 5 years ago

        Yup. XFX has been a pretty reliable source of rebranded Seasonic PSUs (they usually sell for less than the Seasonic-branded platforms on which they are based). But I don’t know if XFX has updated to the current higher power platinum efficiency Seasonic platforms…

        As an aside, I’ve found it strange that XFX has always marketed these as Single Rail designs – but I don’t know if Seasonic has ever made a true single rail PSU…

    • Jason181
    • 5 years ago

    I despise “7.1” headsets that have two drivers. That’s not 7.1.

    • TwoEars
    • 5 years ago

    Why are all these new keyboards so damn expensive?

      • slowriot
      • 5 years ago

      Well that part is simple… profit margin. What I don’t understand is why people spend $170+ on a keyboard that does nothing better than it’s competitors other than fancy lights.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 5 years ago

    They need to do the green switches, they are the hardest and loudest. When there is a RGB green switch on the K70 I’ll be in heaven.

    • Concupiscence
    • 5 years ago

    This will give away my naïveté, but I thought Corsair had cachet with gamers already…?

      • superjawes
      • 5 years ago

      It actually sounds like their success among gamers is why they’ve formed a new team. It represents enough of their business to specialize their focus and maintain/grow that reputation.

    • Ryhadar
    • 5 years ago

    That new logo looks incredibly stupid.

      • EzioAs
      • 5 years ago

      I wouldn’t say it looks stupid but the standard Corsair sail looks better

      • slowriot
      • 5 years ago

      Agree. Agree so much. It looks like an awful “tribal” tattoo a frat bro got one night when wasted.

      It’s disappointing as the Corsair sail logo is one of my favorite, you’d hope they would have similar tastes even for the “Gaming” division.

        • Farting Bob
        • 5 years ago

        That’s exactly what i thought it looked like. I would not be surprised if they saw this on some frat bro’s arm and thought that is exactly what we need on our new mouse!

          • MadManOriginal
          • 5 years ago

          Yeah it looks pretty dumb. Something piratey would have been nice.

      • Metonymy
      • 5 years ago

      Not compared to the keyboard lights.

      • not@home
      • 5 years ago

      It looks like the Realtek crab, just pointier.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 5 years ago

        Now with 146% more crab!

    • tanker27
    • 5 years ago

    I’m interested in the K70….But I’m not too sure about retiring my Filco w/ Blues.

      • DancinJack
      • 5 years ago

      FWIW, I have had a Das and a Filco blue kb. I now have a K70 with blues and it’s a nice keyboard. If I could find a good set of PBT keycaps, I’d be pretty happy.

        • tanker27
        • 5 years ago

        Hmmm. So in your Opinion is it ‘worth’ the upgrade?

          • DancinJack
          • 5 years ago

          I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, at least. I’ve never been one for extraneous keys/anything on my keyboards, but the media keys and volume wheel work well. I didn’t have to install anything and they work with MusicBee just fine. The volume wheel adjusts Windows volume, not application volume.

          The keys themselves are a little bit smaller than my Das keys (last keyboard), but I got used to that pretty quickly.

          Never been one for backlight either, but it’s red (i don’t have RGB version, obviously) and not BRIGHT and you can turn it off if you want.

          MMO is right though, the aluminum case is pretty nice. The keys being “floating” is nice for cleaning too. If anything, you could always return it if you don’t love it. Just buy it from Amazon.

            • tanker27
            • 5 years ago

            Well that seals the deal for me. 😉 Thanks for the opinion I appreciate it.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 5 years ago

        The non-standard spacebar key row is what stops me from getting one of the Corsair keyboards. The aluminum chassis is sexy.

          • tanker27
          • 5 years ago

          Whats NON-standard about it? Looks to be the same ctrl-win-alt-space-alt-win-extra-ctrl to me? Something I am missing?

          I am sure you can remap these keys if need be.

            • DancinJack
            • 5 years ago

            Yeah, it’s the same as my Das and the Filcos I see these days. Maybe the extra “menu” key is what he is talking about.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 5 years ago

            Nope, neither one of you is right. You need to look closely, but once you see it you can’t unsee it 🙂 Cherry keycaps are sized relative to the normal 1x size of the alphanumeric keycaps. On the spacebar row, a standard keycap set has 1.25x modifiers (ctrl, alt, windows/function, menu) and a 6.25x spacebar. The easiest way to judge whether a keyboard matches this standard size is to look at the spacebar itself. Assuming 1.25x modifiers, a 6.25x spacebar goes from the middle of X to 3/4 of the way across the ,< key from left to right. Then look at the modifier keys to see if they are all the same 1.25x size.

            The best diagram of keycap sizes, and specifically the spacebar row, is here: [url<]http://support.wasdkeyboards.com/customer/portal/articles/1366948-keycap-compatibility[/url<] Compare the spacebar size to the Corsair layout: [url<]http://gaming.corsair.com/en-us/~/media/32B570F79A474704825D336BFDAAE25A.ashx[/url<] This uses a 1.5-1-1.25-6.5-1.25-1-1-1.5 layout left to right (the third modifier compatibility layout in the WASD link). The spacebar goes to the end of the ,< key which is the dead giveaway. So, standard Cherry replacement sets won't work. You could get some custom modifier keys , although once you start buying keycaps singly they get expensive per keycap in relative terms (it's still only a few dollars though.) The problem is finding a correctly sized spacebar, and once you start mixing keys from different manufacturers it's hard to get an exact color match. I got a PBT keycap set and it is noticably better than the usual ABS (which will eventually shine no matter what brand it is) - the typing feel and sound is subtly but noticeably different. I would rather use a standard Costar-OEM style keyboard with PBT keycaps than a sexy keyboard with ABS, so sadly the Corsairs are a no-go.

            • tanker27
            • 5 years ago

            Not to give you grief MMO but this is the sort of comment that you should make up front rather than saying “The non-standard spacebar key row is what stops me from getting one”. It is way more helpful!

            That being said maybe I will wait until my local BB has one where I can actually touch it to see if I like it.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 5 years ago

            The first post was from my phone. Making that long post would have been a pita.

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