The Corsair K70 has been one of the most popular mechanical gaming keyboards around, understandable considering its beautiful brushed aluminium finish and quality construction. It could also be because of fluid lighting effects and powerful CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software which allows for advanced customisation and full programmability, giving the user a real sense of control.
If you're familiar with the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB keyboard, you'll recognize that the Rapidfire features the same exceptional body. At 18.6 x 8.3 inches, it's not tiny, but the Rapidfire makes excellent use of its space, giving the keys some breathing room, and providing the user with a large, detachable, textured wrist rest. The keyboard is a bit bigger than the Logitech G610 Orion (17.5 x 6.0 inches) or the Razer BlackWidow (17.6 x 7.5 inches), but the extra few inches are well worth the desk real estate.
Like the standard K70 RGB, the Rapidfire features discrete media buttons and a volume rocker. There are also buttons to control backlighting brightness and to activate a "game mode," which disables keys that can potentially interrupt gameplay. So far, so good.
Corsair have a timed exclusive deal with CHERRY to outfit their keyboards with the latest MX Speed switches. Featuring a 45cN actuation force and a 1.2mm actuation distance, they are the fastest and most precise switches available from CHERRY. That isn't their only improvement, they are optimised for SMD LEDs with high output luminosities to give a brighter and more vivid experience.
The number of things you can do with the CUE is simply staggering, as it's basically a full programming suite for lighting effects. However, the everyday user will probably just need it for reprogramming keys, making macros, linking games with keyboard profiles and, most importantly, playing with the rich illumination. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to accomplish each of these tasks, but there is a method to the CUE's madness. There's a ton of stuff to do, and you're left to figure out how much of it you want to use.
Speed means something
Eject lightning speed with 1.2 mm mechanical activation and durability of the gold-plated connectors of the Cherry MX mechanical gaming keys. Turn the ultimate performance advantage over the opponents with lightweight 45 grams of key switches and an activation that is 40% faster than standard Cherry MX Red switches.
Durability meets invincibility
The anodized brushed aluminum frame is built to withstand a life of keystrokes, so you will never experience that tangles get stuck in the wrong moments.
Anti-ghosting = anti-taping
Full keyrollover and 100% anti-ghosting technology means that regardless of how fast your game actions, RAPIDFIRE can keep track and registers all keystrokes correctly every time.
Advanced lighting control and large-scale typewriters
Experience dynamic, vibrant multi-color backlight for almost unlimited customization.
The powerful and intuitive Corsair Utility Engine (CUE software) enables advanced macro programming for almost unlimited game customization.
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