The desirable on the market thanks to excellent build quality and a stylish design. Nonetheless, their premium look demands a premium price, which is where the Corsair Gaming Strafe comes in. This new addition to Corsair’s keyboard lineup is aimed at providing a cheaper alternative to the K series but that does not compromise on functioning or build quality.

StrafeIn order to keep the cost down on this keyboard Corsair has kept the feature list modest. Joining its back-lit Cherry MX keys are buttons for adjusting the back-light brightness and locking the Windows keys.

Hardware characteristics are fairly modest though Corsair does make a point of accentuation that its key switches are Cherry MX and not any of the raft of the cheaper alternatives that are starting to pop up, but one thing it can do is utilize Corsair’s great Corsair Utility Engine (UE) software.

The software lets you program macros, assign media controls and generally get the keyboard setup. It also allows you to fully program the back-lighting, just like on the K70 RGB. To use the port you will have to plug in the second USB plug that sits at the end of the reassuringly thick two meter cable.

There is an element of a learning curve if you are used to low profile keyboards but once up to speed they are faster than just about any other keyboard type, and they last vastly longer.

It is a noisy keyboard as well, when typing again like most mechanical keyboards so it is not best suited for quiet shared work environments. It is a design that works amazingly well.

It is surely quite simple but the plain black chassis and keys work well with the red back-lighting, and the repeated use of the thick strips of light for the side and for the ‘Lock’ key indicators brings the whole design together.

Conclusion

It is Nicely designed cheaper alternative to the the Corsair K70 RGB that emphatically has the edge over even cheaper mechanical keyboards.

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