Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Continuing with the Corsair mechanical keyboard lineup, not only did they remaster the K70, but they also took another shot with the Strafe as well.
Again, the idea is to take some of their better selling products of years gone by, give them a refresh, but at the same time rethink the overall plan and bring them up to the level of expectations buyers have today. Going over both products side by side, we see more than a dozen changes that have been made to the original, and all the changes done are for the better.
This type of trend of reintroducing a product can sometimes end up no more than lipstick on a pig as it makes its second appearance, but that is not what has happened here. Corsair has lightened the keyboard, added a wrist rest, and gone from red LEDs to full on RGB.
The aesthetics are similar, but many of the features have been moved, like the buttons on the top-left edge where the logo used to be, the addition of dedicated multimedia keys rather than dual layers options on the F-Keys. There are a few more subtle changes to see still, but another important one is hidden under the keycaps. Not only have the LEDs been moved into the switches, and while the original came with red switches, the new one offers pink silent switches.
What you are about to see is the Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, in the best configuration we could imagine it to be. As we carry on, we will point out the differences that we have mentioned, as well as many we did not. All of it is coming together to deliver the masses a keyboard that can be proud to own have full control over any gaming situation with its customizations offered in iCUE, and at the same time, is a keyboard that can make its way through the daily grind as well. Typically we do not give it away like this at the start of a review, but what you will see in this review is a solid answer to which keyboard you should try next.
In the chart provided on the product page, things start with the two-year warranty coverage and moves into the 1.46kg of weight. With no mention of the dimensions, we pulled out the tape and found it to be 447mm wide, 169mm deep, and stands 38mm tall. We also see no mention of the frame build, and to clarify, the frame is made of black plastic at the top and the bottom, but the steel plate inside is now white rather than red like in the original.
Corsair mentions the RGB backlighting, but the layout is a 104-key design with a few added buttons. The extra buttons are dedicated ones for multimedia, as well as Windows lock, profile, and lighting buttons. There is a USB 2.0 pass-through port at the back, the cable is permanently attached, and this time, we even get a wrist rest this time, along with the FPS and MOBA caps sets.
Built into the design are things like the 1000Hz report rate, use of pink Cherry MX Silent switches, full NKRO support, and anti-ghosting. Much of this can be adjusted in the iCUE software suite, which is also where total control of the keyboard is achieved. Inside of iCUE, lighting, remapping, Macros, profiles, ability to disable keys, and much more is possible.
Another great feature of the iCUE software is the ability to take all of your Corsair devices, and rather than each components being an individual, lighting can be set to work with all of them, showing the same patterns and colors, working in sync.
Locating the Strafe RGB MK.2 is easy enough, but looking at the listings, pricing makes no sense at all. On Corsair's product page, it shows that the Strafe RGB MK.2, no matter the switch type, has a $149.99 MSRP. Fair enough, and for what you get in features, we do not feel that is all that bad.
However, Newegg has a sale going on where the Cherry MX Red switch version is only $99.99, but if you want the version we have, expect to shell out an astonishing $180 or more. Amazon shows just the Cherry MX Red switch version, and it is also listed at $99.99 right now, but there is no listing for the Cherry MX Silent option at all. Sadly, it appears the obvious choice is to settle and get the red switches, as opting for anything else is worth way too much money.
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