Corsair's peripheral arm has announced its latest gaming keyboard, the Vengeance K70, with mechanical switches and and a brushed-aluminium chassis that hides individual backlighting for the keys.

Designed to sit towards the top of Corsair's keyboard line, the Vengeance K70 will launch with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches - no word yet on any choices for those who prefer another Cherry switch - with claims of an engine offering a full anti-ghosting matrix, 20-key rollover over USB and a claimed 1,000Hz reporting rate. Each key features its own LED which can be toggled on or of independent of any other key, allowing gamers to highlight just the keys they need for a given game - something that will be helped by the inclusion of alternate colour, contoured keycaps for the WASD and 1-6 keys for those who choose to install them.

As well as adjusting the backlighting key-by-key, the Vengeance K70 also allows for the overall backlighting to be adjusted to four levels of intensity. Unlike the RGB LED-based Roccat Isku FX, however, Corsair is keeping costs down by sticking with single-colour LEDs: the silver-finish keyboard uses blue backlighting, while the black-finish version uses red.

As with its predecessor, the Vengeance K60, the Vengeance K70 includes dedicated multimedia keys, an additional USB port for easy connection of a mouse or USB headset, although this time the removable soft-touch wrist rest extends across the entirity of the keyboard's width rather than just supporting the left hand during gaming. Another change is the move to using Cherry MX Red switches beneath every major key, resolving one of the biggest issues we had with the Vengeance K60 and its use of membrane keys for the Escape, function and page navigation keys.

'When we launched the Vengeance K60, customers loved the look and quality, but some wanted a backlit version,' claimed Ruben Mookerjee, general manager of Corsair's peripherals division, at the unveiling. 'In typical Corsair fashion, we over-delivered and created Vengeance K70 with key-by-key backlighting, mechanical switches on every key, and two colour schemes.'

UK pricing for the Vengeance K70 has yet to be confirmed, with more details expected to be revealed at the PAX East gaming con later this month ahead of an April launch. US retail pricing has been set at $129.99, or around £86 excluding taxes.
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