Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Software

Whilst the lighting is fairly simple straight out of the box, Corsair supply an incredibly powerful peripheral management application called the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE), which allows you to customise nearly every aspect of the keyboard. I took a look at this application when I reviewed the K70 RGB and not a huge amount has changed since.

Once you have downloaded the application from Corsair’s website here and connected your keyboard, it auto detects what you have and checks for any new firmware releases – in this case it had found one for the STRAFE.corsair-strafe-software1The first page allows you to create different profiles for each of your Corsair peripherals and customise aspects such as the key bindings, lighting and performance aspects. You can save each profile and import others – great if someone has created one already.

corsair-strafe-software2 The second tab allows you to create different lighting options for different profiles. Since this keyboard only has red LEDs it gives you the option to turn them on or off.corsair-strafe-software3The actions page is where you can create new keyboard shortcuts, change various settings and create complex macros for when you’re gaming.corsair-strafe-software6The lighting page is where you can create different lighting effects. When I first connected the keyboard to the program, it instantly switched to a Cylon-like effect – pretty cool! You can see below some of the existing lighting effects I had from when I tested the RGB keyboard.corsair-strafe-software4The last page allows you to change various settings for the application itself.

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