We may have an elitists view of loving our blue and green switches, but the reality is we do split our days, gaming and typing equally, and it is what works best for us. With many switches under our fingers over the years, in many of their various forms, we can't honestly say we have been shocked by their performance before.
While we were not expecting super soft or anything really as to something to look for, but as time went on, we found the pink silent switches to be more than just another key type. It is hard to put into words, but it is a perfect mix of limited noise and at the same time will give users with a preference out of silvers and reds something to chew on. Switches are just a single aspect too, and the Strafe RGB MK.2 is hitting on all cylinders, with flawless functionality and a feature set that goes on for days.
Whether looking at the fully customizable lighting, looking for dedicated multimedia keys rather than dual-layered, customizing the functionality down to nearly every key, Corsair jam-packed this keyboard with anything you could ever want. Being that the Strafe RGB MK.2 is driven to the gaming market, things like a high report rate, NKRO and anti-ghosting are all present and accounted for. With over a dozen changes since we initially saw the Gaming Strafe years ago, Corsair stacks the odds in their favor that there are many things to appreciate in this design.
Even without software the keyboard is well built, with no vibrations or stress after many hours of use. With the software, there is no limit to what one can do other than what your imagination limits you to. Corsair scores nearly perfect in all of our aspects, except for two small details. The first is a lack of rubber on the extendable feet, and the second is the availability of the version we have, and if you can find it, it is outrageously priced, which is not Corsairs fault.
Hopefully, by the time you read this review, the Strafe RGB MK.2 has leveled off in cost, as the $80 retail prices we see are just astronomical. At the $149.99 MSRP, we feel you get what you pay for, and if you like red switches, and act fast, you can get this keyboard for a little less than $100. As it sits, we love the keyboard, but the cost is keeping us from our top-tier award.
While not Corsairs fault for the hike we are seeing, it is hard to recommend a product that has its price increased out of nothing more than greed. It is a shame too, as we want to tout the Strafe RGB MK.2 as one of the better keyboards we have tested in quite some time, and it took no time at all to appreciate the new switches. However, the reality is what it is, and unless you find a smoking hot deal somewhere for it, we have to pass at the price we are seeing.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
The Bottom Line: The Strafe RGB MK.2 with Cherry MX Silent switches is a force to be reckoned with. Nearly perfect in every way, it is just the retail cost that kept this feature-rick mechanical keyboard from an Editor's Choice Award!
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