Corsair is updating its popular K70 keyboard this morning with a model that's built for speed. The K70 RGB Rapidfire features a new type of Cherry key switch—the MX Speed RGB—that only has to move 1.2 mm before it registers a key press. Corsair claims that short stroke makes the MX Speed RGB switch among the most responsive on the market, and there may be something to that claim. Gaming peripherals competitor Razer says its in-house mechanical switches have a 1.9-mm actuation distance, for example, and regular Cherry switches need two millimeters of travel to trigger. Otherwise, the MX Speed RGB's 45-gram weight and linear operation sound similar to Cherry MX Reds.
New keyswitches aside, Corsair didn't mess with the K70 RGB's winning formula too much. The Rapidfire still features the same aluminum top plate and open deck as its predecessors, and a cluster of dedicated multimedia keys still sits in the upper-right corner of the board. Corsair did add a USB pass-through port to the Rapidfire, though, a feature that was missing from the original K70 RGB. The Rapidfire's space bar is now textured for easy identification under the thumb. Corsair also updated the font it's using on the Rapidfire's keycaps to make it larger and more legible.
Like the original K70 RGB, the Rapidfire's per-key RGB LED backlighting can be configured to display a dizzying array of colors and animations using Corsair's CUE software. Corsair warrants the K70 Rapidfire for two years, and it says the Rapidfire will carry a $169.99 suggested price when it hits store shelves. We have a Rapidfire in our labs for review now—in fact, you're looking at it in the image above. Stay tuned for our impressions.