The keyboard is one of the most important peripherals when it comes to your PC, especially if you’re big on typing or gaming. The latter of which has seen a boom of mechanical keyboards recently, with pretty much most of the major PC hardware brands producing some of their own mech keyboards – although many of them have opted for the cheaper mechanical switches like Kailh or Gateron, or in some cases, even their own unique switch.
Corsair have been in the game for many years now, with several industry firsts, such as full RGB backlighting, to set them apart from the competition. The design of their keyboards has not changed drastically since they released their first keyboard, but have instead slowly evolved to include new features without altering the premium look to them. Today’s mechanical keyboard, the STRAFE, is the first keyboard that does not use a metallic material, in Corsair’s case, Aluminium, for the case/plate. Typically keyboards that have a metal case are top tier, with a price to match (such as the Cherry MX Board 6.0), as the process to machine the cases can be incredibly expensive. By ditching the aluminium and using plastic instead, the keyboard should be more affordable, without compromising the features. The lack of Corsair’s current advantage feature (Cherry MX RGB switches), will also reduce the price further, without affecting the performance.
The STRAFE keyboard has the following spec:
- DIMENSIONS: 448 (l) x 170 (w) x 40 (H) mm
- WEIGHT: 1272 g / 2.02 lbs
- KEY SWITCHCherry MX Red Mechanical
Cherry MX Brown Mechanical
- BACKLIGHT: Individual lit and key-by-key programmability
- LED COLOR: Red
- CONNECTIVITY: USB Pass-through Port
- MEMORY: Onboard memory to take performance and lighting settings with you
- SOFTWARE: Enabled Cue-Software for for customization
- WARRANTY: Full 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
Let’s take a look