Corsair has outdated the sooner Strafe RGB keyboard with the discharge of its Corsair Strafe RGB MK. 2, which takes the method of the unique and provides only a few quality-of-life enhancements. Whereas it’s a superb gaming keyboard, it’s not probably the most compelling choice available on the market.
The Corsair Strafe RGB MK. 2 provides you full RGB, Cherry MX Silent mechanical switches (MX Reds are additionally out there), and a strong construct for $149 (£149, AU$219). That places it a big worth step above the extremely related $119 (£119, AU$199) Corsair Ok68 RGB and on an excellent worth footing with the quiet $149 (£159, AU$179) Logitech G513.
The Corsair Strafe RGB MK. 2 provides a superb gaming expertise, however in comparison with the competitors, it’s not providing sufficient to face above the group.
Corsair’s newest keyboards have accomplished a pleasant job of remaining low-key about their gamer intent, and the Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2 is not any completely different. It encompasses a boxy design with onerous edges and no extraneous curves or bits of aptitude to make it appear to be some sort of race automotive keyboard (*cough cough* Roccat Horde AIMO).
Apart from the solely elective and customizable RGB lighting and the texturized area key, the Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2 doesn’t seem misplaced on an workplace desk. And with Cherry MX Silent key switches, it’ll be extra readily welcome in public area (and by your coworkers) than a keyboard with Cherry MX Reds or Blues.
That is your typical full-size keyboard full with devoted media buttons and a quantity scroll bar. It additionally provides in a Home windows Key lock, a button to shortly regulate the keyboard backlight brightness, and a button for biking by means of completely different backlighting profiles that may be saved within the keyboard’s reminiscence.
The keycaps really feel midway between regular plastic keycaps and soft-touch materials, which is good on the fingertips, however the materials additionally picks up grease simply. Corsair packs some further gray-topped, textured keycaps that may be swapped in for FPS and MOBA avid gamers. We use the FPS keycaps for WASD, that are angled otherwise to maintain your fingers from by accident sliding off them throughout gameplay.
Corsair additionally features a textured wrist relaxation that’s only a contact too onerous to be referred to as comfy, nevertheless it beats the sting of a desk. The Corsair Strafe RGB MK. 2 additionally has USB pass-through, however to attain this, Corsair opted for an extremely thick (and we imply Thicc) braided cable that ends in two cumbersome USB connectors.
Corsair’s RGB lighting is pretty much as good as we’re used to seeing on Cherry switches, with clear mild shining by means of the higher half of keycaps however incomplete protection for the decrease half. The lighting can be absolutely customizable, however Corsair’s iCue customization software program isn’t almost as easy as Razer’s or SteelSeries’ software program
The efficiency of the Corsair Strafe RGB MK. 2 is nice, with dependable switches that really appear to have much less wobble than we’re used to from Cherry. That Cherry MX Silent isn’t simply advertising and marketing both, with a noticeably quieter clack to every key than we hear on Reds. Nonetheless, the pitch can be decrease, giving the area key a critical thumping sound.
One unusual facet of the Cherry MX Silent switches is a completely completely different bottom-out really feel from Reds. It truly seems like there’s a clump of paper or one thing else gentle beneath the important thing when it absolutely depresses. Although it’s not disturbingly squishy, it’s noticeable sufficient that anybody specific about their key switches might discover it unsettling.
In all of our gaming, we by no means discover missed or false inputs due to the n-key rollover and anti-ghosting. And, the marginally concave keycaps and seemingly lowered wobble contribute to a straightforward touch-typing expertise. Nonetheless, with the WASD gaming keycaps added on, the raised proper fringe of the D key will get in the best way of regular typing.
The media keys are useful, and the scroll wheel feels impressively nicely tuned. Whereas on our Home windows computer systems we will shortly change the quantity whereas nonetheless with the ability to make the smallest changes simply on this keyboard wheel. Sadly, for any of us nonetheless utilizing old-school Winamp, keyboard playback controls nonetheless don’t do something.
The USB pass-through additionally proves dependable. Working our gaming mouse by means of it, and we will rely on sustaining our 1-to-1 monitoring with out a single hiccup in efficiency – perhaps that absurdly thick USB cable helps, however we doubt it.
If the Corsair Strafe RGB MK. 2 existed in a vacuum, it might be a superb keyboard. Even outdoors a vacuum it’s good, nevertheless it has competitors that simply does a greater job. The Logitech G513 has nice switches which might be additionally silent with out feeling squishy, sells for a similar worth, additionally contains USB pass-through, and has a a lot cushier wrist relaxation.
Even Corsair’s Ok68 RGB makes for a compelling various. It might not be as quiet, however it’s quieter than typical Cherry MX Pink boards, it’s cheaper than the Strafe whereas having virtually the identical building, and it provides safety from mud and water (i.e., Mountain Dew).
For perhaps $80, we’d be content material with a keyboard that’s simply effective. However at its worth, the Corsair Strafe RGB MK. 2 simply isn’t value it.