Today MSI has revealed two new keyboards adding to its Gaming Gear line of peripherals in the Vigor GK70 and GK80 Gaming keyboards. Both keyboards feature a base constructed of anodized aluminum and feature Cherry MX Red RGB LED switches. Each individual key can be customized through the Mystic Light software. These are also part of the Mystic Light Sync ecosystem able to synchronize colors and effects with other RGB peripherals and components.

Compared to the GK40 we saw in January, the GK80 is a notably smaller and does without the extra frame and integrated wrist wrest surrounding the keys. The GK40 also used ‘mechanical-like’ membrane type switches and six zone RGB LED control whereas the new GK80 uses Cherry MX RGB LED switches and per-key RGB illumination. Clearly, the GK80 will be the more premium product of the two.

The GK70/80 has 100% anti-ghosting along with N-Key rollover for all keys in gaming mode, six keys in standard mode. Both keyboards also have hotkeys able to control for MSI Gaming motherboards and graphics cards. They will be able to use the three performance modes (Silent, Gaming, OC) for each without having to jump out of the game.

The GK80 has dedicated media keys at the top right to access volume controls, mute, a play/pause. Also located by the media keys on the back is an integrated USB pass-through port used to connect additional peripherals (USB 2.0 500mAh charging). The GK70 differs from the GK80 in size with and is a bit smaller with a Tenkeyless layout (loses the number pad). Outside of that, the GK70 does not have the dedicated media keys or the USB pass-through like its big brother does, but shares its other features.

Both the GK70 and GK80 include similar accessories with additional keycaps and a key puller. Included are four metal Zinc Alloy tipped keys (for A/S/W/D) and 12 double injection keycaps with an anti-slip rubber textured surface MSI calls Dragon Scale texture. The extra keycaps are stored in the backside of the detachable palm rest – a pretty unique location.

Both the MSI Vigor GK80 and GK70 Gaming Keyboards are expected to be in stores worldwide beginning in March 2018. The GK80 is currently priced at $153.39 and the GK70 is priced at $124.33 at Newegg which does put them in the premium gaming keyboard segment. 

Vigor GK70 and GK 80 Gaming Keyboard
  Vigor GK70 Red Gaming Keyboard Vigor GK80 Red Gaming Keyboard
Main Key Switches Cherry MX RGB Red Switches
Keyboard Interface Wired USB 2.0
Normal Keys 87/88 Key 104/105 Key
Keystroke Life 50+ Million
Multimedia Keys No Dedicated
(Vol +/-, Mute, Pause/Play)
Dimensions (mm) 354 x 137 x 46mm 439 x 141 x 38mm
Cable 1.8m Braided Fiber 2m Braided Fiber
Windows Support / Requirements W10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
Mac OS X (Supports in normal mode)
System with a USB Port
Backlight Full RGB Illumination (16.77M Colors)
Weight 900g 1400g
Accessories 4 x Double Material Metal and Plate Keycaps
12 x Double Injection and Material Keycaps w/textured surface
1 x Key Puller

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Source: MSI

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  • Awful - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - link

    I'm just not sure it's colourful enough. Looking forward to the first laser RGB keyboards that literally point lasers in your eyes so you lose your vision in a blinding flash of colour. That's what I really need in a keyboard.
  • Threska - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - link

    "The extra keycaps are stored in the backside of the detachable palm rest – a pretty unique location."

    A feature I like, and hopefully room for the keycap puller.

    Metal back-planes are certainly a nice touch. Now all we need to figure out with all these "premium" keyboards is making them easier to clean.
  • andychow - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    They make this goo-like substance to clean keyboards. Works great.
  • Hurr Durr - Thursday, March 1, 2018 - link

    Why is always the goddamn WASD instead of much more convenient ESDF or, for that matter, YGHJ? It's not 1996 anymore, no need to measure everything by qtest.
  • olafgarten - Thursday, March 1, 2018 - link

    I imagine it comes with normal WASD keys so you can switch out the ESDF or YGHJ for the fancy keycaps.
  • Hurr Durr - Thursday, March 1, 2018 - link

    I should hope so, considering how my G413 only has WASD.

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