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Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Multicolor LED, Cherry MX Red
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- 100% Cherry MX gaming key switches - Unique gold-cross point contacts for incredible reliability, durability, and precision
- Cherry MX Red key switches - Extremely responsive, with a smooth, linear response and a wide actuation zone, and no audible click or tactile “bump”
- Multi-color dynamic backlighting - Brilliant RGB backlighting immerses you in the game with virtually unlimited lighting adjustability
- Fully programmable - Reassign any key or set up the most extreme macros for advanced gaming
- USB pass-through port - Positioned for uninterrupted game play and ready for your mouse, wireless headset adapter, or your phone
- Detachable soft-touch wrist rest - provides the comfort you need for marathon gaming sessions
- 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 ensures no matter how fast your play, all your keypresses register
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100% Cherry MX Red gaming key switches
Built in Germany and used by the pros, Cherry MX gaming key switches feature the world’s leading mechanical switch technology. Gold-crosspoint contacts, gold-plated contact closures, and pressure-resistant metal alloy springs give every gamer a competitive advantage.
Delivering smooth, linear response with a wide actuation zone, Cherry MX Red switches have the responsiveness you need for perfectly executing double and triple taps, and there’s no audible click or tactile 'bump'.
Multi-color dynamic RGB backlighting
Brilliant RGB LED backlighting immerses you in the game with virtually unlimited adjustability.
CUE it up
CUE Link harnesses the power of CUE to connect your Corsair RGB keyboard, mouse, and headset to work in harmony for the ultimate lighting experience.
Spectro Syncing, Triple Rainbow, Ride the Wave, and Reactive Ripple will take your gaming to an entirely new level.
USB pass-through port
It’s ready for your mouse, phone, or wireless headset adapter, and strategically positioned for uninterrupted game play by keeping the cable out of the line of fire.
FPS and MOBA keycap sets & detachable soft-touch wrist rest
Personalize your Strafe RGB for your game of choice. The textured, contoured keycaps enable enhanced grip and feel.
It’s textured to provide just the right amount of grip to keep your hands in place and provide long-lasting comfort.
Gaming Grade Circuitry
100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover on USB ensures that every keypress registers, no matter how fast you play.
Easy-access multimedia controls
Make on-the-fly audio adjustments without interrupting your game. And when you’re not competing, they provide an easy way to play, pause, and skip audio tracks.
A complete professional gaming package
Everything you need to step up your game is in the box: a detachable wrist rest, FPS and MOBA keycap sets with a keycap removal tool, and a powered USB pass-through so you don’t need to clutter your play space with an extender.
And by tapping into our free RGBShare community site, you can set up your Strafe RGB with custom lighting maps for all your games and beautiful animations for when you’re not playing. You can go from zero to awesome in less than five minutes.
Strafe RGB delivers proven Cherry MX key switch performance and dynamic multicolor lighting control for extreme performance and virtually unlimited customization options. 100% Cherry MX key switches are German built with gold-cross point contacts, gold-plated closures, and pressure-resistant metal alloy springs for the precise control, feel, and responsiveness you need for a competitive advantage. Each key is individually addressable at your command for a virtually unlimited backlighting customization and sophisticated animations. The result is a professional-grade gaming keyboard that looks as good as it plays. Customer Service / Tech support: 1-888-222-4346 opt. 1
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Top customer reviews
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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.
To get it to work, however, you have to download their software, Corsair Utility Engine. Something to watch out for is that when you first get the keyboard, keep your other working keyboard plugged in. Download the software and then your computer will recognize the Consair keyboard. I had to replug and reboot to get things working. Now that it is installed, there are no issues. I also plug my Corsair Mouse into the provided USB slot on the keyboard - and everything works fine.
Now this could just be me but my other keyboard which used the PS2 keyboard slot also could turn on my computer. This USB connected one does not do that.
First the cons:
-Can be complicated to set-up. For starters: It does not come with a CD to install the program for the extra features.. which is fine, I don't mind having to download and install something. The problem happens when you CANNOT use the keyboard UNTIL the software that IS NOT all ready included is installed. Solution: If you plan to purchase this keyboard (which I will still recommend) you should download the CUE software from Corsair before attempting to plug in and use it.
-VERY bright. This is a small complaint, but worth noting. You need to actively reduce the brightness in the program, which the brighness button on the keyboard increases/decreases. I made the mistake of installing this at night, and until I educated myself on the software, it was both distracting and irritating.
-The software itself can.. and I emphasize CAN... be a chore to work with if you are not experienced in dealing with peripheral enhancement software. It is at best mildly-intuitive and takes some basic know-how to navigate until you get comfortable.
- This is less a complaint, and more just a word of caution: If you are not a fan of loud clicky keyboards, this is not for you. It isn't obsenely loud from an objective standpoint, but I know that to some people, the noise/sound of the keyboard matters, so I felt it important that it be shared.
-Compatibility. It is worth noting that your experience will be SEVERELY hampered without at minimum USB 2.0, and there does in fact appear to be a difference in performance between 2.0 and 3.0!
Now for the pros!!
-It is built for function. As I said before: Performance is king. Mechanical keyboards have proven time and again their superiority in the gaming and extensive dictation market. The first plus is the MX cherry mechanical style. The clicks (outside of the spacebar) are softer than just about any RAZER keyboard on the market. Has all of the keys needed for high-end gaming. This is another place that the software does shine. As you can actually customize which keys are visible. This can be helpful when you are in a fast paced game and you have split seconds to make keystroke decisions. Having a lighted keyboard with customizable lighting can mean the difference between topping the charts, and missing the objective. And This keyboard is great solution.
-Maintainence. My biggest gripe about every keyboard I had prior to this one, spanning decades, has been how hard it can be to keep the under-carraige clean.. not even just the liquids.. The random hair and debris. I have used air compressors (can and motorized), but short of removing keys (which can be tedius and results can be bad) you can't actually get in there. This keyboard fixes both issues. It is accessible from all angles, the keys remove and install easily, and the gap between the keys is such that anything getting into them, can be removed with much less fuss. As for liquids, the drainage system is just fine and again, the gaps and accessibility mean that cleaning it up will be much less problematic.
-Price. Between RGB boards, and ones with an endless addition of keys (and in some cases.. the combination) drives the prices of many gamer keyboards to absurd levels. 170+ for a peripheral which is 70% fluff is highway robbery. at $80, this keyboard provides great value not just from function, but the right amount of fluff that will satisfy that quiet part of your brain that longs to have cool things like color morphing key strokes etc. This is another place where the software shines.
-sound. As I mentioned in the cons, keyboard noise be a nuisance and is something that one should definitely consider when choosing a keyboard, especially when you are looking at the north end of $100 for it. And overall, the noise is nice. The clickity clack it provides is a nice audible register that your keystroke was successful.
-reliability. While the keyboard is new, I in fact chose this brand and board at the recommendation of numerous gamers (both high end and casual) for one simple reason: It is not snowflake about being used. She will stand up to the day to day abuse of gamers and heavy typists alike for a long time. And as someone who plays aggressively, this is a hallmark concern, right up there with performance.
Overall: I give it 4/5. It checks many of the boxes. If they could get the software and activation fixed (like, you know, being able to actually use your keyboard when you first plug it in) it would get a 5. Still, a definite must-see for the gamer who wants function first, form on the side.