Complete-colour RGB mechanical computer keyboards are all the rage today. Nevertheless, Corsair wagers that you will find still several stalwarts out there who need to stick to only one backlighting colour while pocketing a few (dozen) dollars. Enter the Corsair Strafe ($110), which supplies a high quality, no nonsense method to play your favourite PC games.
The Strafe should appear instantly recognizable for you if you have ever used the Corsair Vengeance K70. This full size computer keyboard features a clear-cut physical look, swappable, keys that are textured and eye-searing red backlighting on every key. The only big difference is that it’s no wrist rest, which preserves lots of space, but could be annoying if you want additional wrist support.
While the Strafe is very large, it does pack a lot of computer keyboard.
I have said it before and I Will say it again: There’s just no replacement for bona fide Cherry MX switches that were mechanical. Like the other computer keyboards of Corsair, Cherry MX technology is used by the Strafe, and the encounter, as always, is a pure pleasure. Oldschool typists who crave the clickety clack of the Cherry MX switches that are Blue are out of luck on the Strafe.
Given the keys’ pedigree, it is unsurprising which they work so nicely. Using TheTypingTest, I assessed my typing speed on both the Strafe and a regular Dell office computer keyboard.
The disappointing thing about the keys of the Strafe isn’t what it’s, but instead, what it lacks. Gaming K70 RGB and the Vengeance K70 both had dedicated media controls. Conversely, the top row of Function keys of the Strafe doubles as media controls. Instead of straightforward, committed buttons, users must achieve across the computer keyboard to activate functions like pause, play and jump. This helps keep the price down, but it is an enormous step backwards from the preceding computer keyboards of Corsair.
Corsair emphasizes the fact it offers swappable, textured keycaps for the E, W, Q, R, A, S, D and F keys so that you can gain MOBA and FPS players who want these keys to feel different from their neighbors. These keycaps feel hard to the demanding, and are grey instead of black. United with a spacebar that is textured, it’s a fine, discretionary touch that’s real advantages for gameplay.
With a bona fide Cherry MX keys and a comfortable key layout, it should come as no real surprise as it pertains to gameplay the Strafe is outstanding.
Specifically, I loved playing Titanfall thanks to its textured keys, with the Strafe. The rough keys helped them gravitate back to the right buttons when my hand drifted for other orders, and helped keep my fingers just where they were assumed to be.
The CUE continues to be in the marketplace for several months and while it is much better than Corsair’s old a la carte applications, it is still quite complicated in comparison with competing applications from SteelSeries, Razer and Logitech.
The absolute amount of choices at your disposal can be daunting once you create a brand new profile. You application your own, or can choose several different lighting designs. You may also create different profiles and link them although with no additional keys and just one colour choice, I could not think of any special edge for this functionality.
Like the Vengeance K70, you’ve got your choice between no backlighting, subdued reddish backlighting or brilliant red backlighting in any way. If you ask me, the colour is somewhat garish, but it’ll fit nicely if the remainder of your gaming setup is reddish. On the other hand, the Corsair Strafe would likely seem out of place in an expert setting. This can be too awful, as complete layout and its keys are wonderful.