|Series||CORSAIR STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red LED Backlit - USB Passthro|
|Item model number||CH-9000088-NA|
|Item Weight||3.02 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.6 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||17.6 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches|
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CORSAIR STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red LED Backlit - USB Passthrough - Linear and Quiet - Cherry MX Red Switch
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- 100% Cherry MX key switches - Gold contact Cherry MX mechanical gaming keys deliver the ultimate competitive advantage
- Dynamic backlighting - Brilliant RED backlighting enhances the experience with virtually unlimited lighting adjustability
- Fully programmable - Reassign any key or set up the most extreme macros for effortless gaming. PC with 2 USB 2.0 ports. Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7. An internet connection is required to download the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software
- USB Pass-Through Port - Positioned for uninterrupted game play and ready for your mouse, wireless headset adapter, or your phone
- FPS/MOBA keycap sets - Textured and contoured keycaps enable maximum grip and enhanced feel
- Gaming Grade Circuitry - 100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover on USB ensure no matter how fast your play, all your keys register
- Easy-access multimedia controls - Efficiently adjust volume on the fly
- Two year warranty
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Engineered for Performance
After 20 years of pushing the limits of innovation, Corsair Gaming takes the power of Cherry MX German engineering one step further.
Cherry MX Red Key Switches
Used by the pros and built in Germany. Cherry MX gaming keys feature the worlds leading mechanical key switch technology. Gold-Crosspoint contacts, Gold-plated contact closure, and pressure resistant metal alloy springs, give every gamer the competitive advantage.
Brilliant Red backlighting enhances the experience with virtually unlimited lighting adjustability. Choose from six unique presets or craft your own.
The Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) unlocks amazing keyboard programmability. Reassign any key or set up the most extreme macros for outrageous gaming control.
Positioned for uninterrupted game play, the built in USB pass-through provides easy connection for your mouse, USB drive, or wireless headset adapter.
Comfort and Control
Textured and contoured keycaps allow for maximum grip and enhanced feel. Personalize your experience by selecting between FPS and MOBA kits.
Gaming Grade Circuitry
100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover on USB ensure no matter how fast your play, all your keys register.
Audio On The Fly
Enhanced easy-access multimedia keys efficiently allow for on the fly audio changes while gaming. And when you’re not gaming, you can effortlessly play, pause, and skip audio tracks.
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After 20 years of pushing the limits of innovation, Corsair Gaming takes the power of Cherry MX German engineering one step further. With the simple goal of delivering pro-proven mechanical performance paired with outrageous customization options, Strafe will enable your skills to reach their full potential. Brilliant backlighting is enhanced with virtually unlimited dynamic lighting configurations - craft your own, or choose from six unique presets. And, gold contact Cherry MX mechanical keys deliver the ultimate competitive advantage. Rated for an industry-leading 50 million key presses, they guarantee a lifetime of consistent, comfortable response. Customer Service / Tech support: 1-888-222-4346 opt. 1
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I was sick and tired of the Razer knock off clicky switches. It was nice for a couple months, but now it is quite irritating and unsatisfying to type on. Therefore I decided to get the Corsair Strafe RGB with MX Brown switches.
Personally I like this design better than the Blackwidow. The Blackwidow seems to have a matte fingerprint/oil attracted finish to it. This keyboard however has a clean sleek design that trumps that Blackwidow. The finish on this keyboard seems to be fingerprint resistant and doesn't seem to stain as easy as the Blackwidow. ALSO IT COMES WITH THE OG CORSAIR SAILS LOGO (THANK YOU CORSAIR) not the new "Corsair Gaming" logo that everybody hated.
I have never owned a Cherry MX Keyboard until now and IT IS AMAZING TO TYPE ON. This keyboard has the option of MX Browns, Reds, or Corsairs "Silent Switches." I decided to get Browns because its halfway between a Red(Silent) and Blue (Clicky) switch, basically the best of both worlds. Browns are not as loud as blues, they're nearly the same as Reds actually. It's just that Brown switches have a more tactile feedback feel when you type on them compared to Reds. The keycaps themselves on the other hand are similar in feel and look to the Razer keycaps. BUT Corsair includes a set of FPS and MOBA keycaps ALONG WITH a keycap puller so you can customize it to your needs. Props to Corsair for that.
The casing for the keycaps are clear so you get the maximum shine of color from the switches. Every switch has their own RGB LED that is customize able to what game you're gonna play. There are also two white LED strips on the side of the keyboard to add a nice clean finish to the keyboard. I have attached pictures to clarify. And there are 3 brightness settings for you to choose from.
Like I said before, Corsair throws in some extra accessories to sweeten the deal:
-Detachable wrist rest (which is quite comfortable to use actually)
Now to the reason why I'm giving this 4 stars...
I'm just gonna say it, the Razer Synapse software for the Chroma is much better than Corsairs CUE software. It took me about 30 minutes to an hour to figure out how to set a certain keycap a certain color. They do have instructions on their website, but its not clear enough for all the features. When I got my Razer Blackwidow Chroma, it was simple (INSANELY SIMPLE) to customize the LEDS to your specific needs. However for Corsair, it seems like they're getting there but ever so slowly. For example you need to go to 3 or 4 different pages on Corsair software to set all the keys white and WASD a different color. It was just a very frustrating experience for me using the CUE software. Hopefully in the future it will be on the same level as Razers Synapse.
-Cherry MX Browns
-Price (Cheaper than Blackwidow Chroma)
-Accessories (Keycaps/wrist rest)
- No headphone/mic passthrough
In the end, I recommend this keyboard to anyone who is looking for an upgrade or their first mechanical keyboard. The price of $149 is very much worth it considering all the extra accessories that come along with it. As for the software, give it some more time and I'm sure major improvements will be made. If there is something I did not answer in this review please leave a comment down below and I will try my best to answer it.
The worst part is that I can't go back to a regular keyboard, because now I have been spoiled with the beauty of customizable RGB backlighting. Problems can't get more ridiculous than this, I know. But I've come to the realization that I much prefer a nice, low-profile laptop style keyboard, and yet, because nothing like that exists with customizable backlighting (at least, not that I know of), I believe I am screwed.
I can't knock off any stars for the keys because it's my fault for not trying before I buy. However, I have to knock off a star for the ridiculously huge software required to customize the lighting. It's like 200-300 megs. And it needs to be running if you want dynamic lighting, since only static lighting can be saved to the keyboard's memory.
In case you didn't know, there are a few people that that frequent r/RGB Profiles on Reddit and the Corsair forums that create custom RGB lighting schemes that you can use with Corsair peripherals. Everyone can make custom profiles, but it is tough and is much easier to download profiles. I also own a Corsair M65 Pro and I found a guy through the Corsair RGB forums that lets you download free lighting schemes for all devices- so they're in sync. He even has really great videos demonstrating the lights. He goes by "Schwitz".
I am very satisfied with this keyboard.
I attached a video of some of my favorite profiles.