Corsair STRAFE RGB Silent Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Introduction

Manufacturer: Corsair
Model: STRAFE RGB
UK Price: £129.99 – £149.99 dependent on switch type (At time of review)
US Price: $169.99 @ Corsair US Store (At time of review)

Corsair, a well known premium PC hardware brand, are one of many who have a strong offering of keyboards and other gaming peripherals. We have taken a look at many of their products in the past, nearly all of which ended up with an award due to the decent performance and quality the item offered. Today I am taking a look at the STRAFE RGB Mechanical keyboard with the new Cherry silent switches, so I have high hopes that this lives up to the Corsair reputation – especially considering that I evaluated the Corsair STRAFE mechanical keyboard not too long ago, of which set the premise for the STRAFE RGB, so it would be great to see Corsair improving an already decent keyboard.

The Corsair STRAFE RGB Silent is the latest keyboard from Corsair that includes features from the incredibly beneficial partnership with Cherry, that grants them exclusivity to new hardware such as RGB mechanical switches and again with the new “Silent” RGB switches, which are present in the STRAFE RGB. Whilst the STRAFE RGB does have other versions with the more standard Cherry MX RGB switches (such as Brown, Red etc…), the silent version is the switch of choice with this review, so before I crack on, let’s just take a look at what makes the “silent” MX RGB switch different from the others: check out the video below.

As you can see the slight difference consists of a different material for the base of the switch which acts as a noise dampener. This silent switch is based on the MX red version, so retains a 45cN actuation force and linear motion.

The STRAFE RGB specs are as follows:

Specifications

  • Warranty: Two years
  • Weight: 1KG
  • Key Switches: Cherry® MX Silent Mechanical, MX Red, Brown, Blue
  • Keyboard Backlighting: RGB LED
  • Dimensions: 448mm x 170mm x 40mm
  • Macro Keys: All Keys
  • Report Rate: Selectable 8ms, 4ms, 2ms, 1ms and BIOS mode
  • Matrix: 100% anti-ghosting and 104 Key Rollover
  • Keyboard Size: Standard
  • On-board Memory: Yes
  • Media Keys: FN key multimedia keys
  • CUE Software: Enabled
  • Cable Type: Tangle free rubber
  • WIN Lock: Yes

Let’s take a look at the STRAFE RGB

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  • Xena Warrior

    Using the non-silent RGB one. Both of these are great. Might be a bit expensive but it’s worth in the long run. Can be a little hard too get use to the responsiveness of the key presses.