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Corsair STRAFE MK.2 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts

The Corsair STRAFE MK.2 is a worthy addition to the STRAFE lineup. It’s footprint is larger than it’s predecessor, but not by much. This increase is needed for the dedicated multi-media keys borrowed from the K70 line. While I’m normally a big fan of Cherry MX Blues, I actually am enjoying these Cherry MX Silents. They have a good feel, and are in fact silent. If you were planing to put this keyboard in a bedroom, and use it while your significant other was sleeping, I don’t think your typing would be noticed or heard.

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Corsair STRAFE MK.2 RGB Keyboard Conclusion

In terms of performance, the Corsair STRAFE MK.2 RGB performed at my expectations. It is, after all, a Corsair product, and one would be hard pressed to find a Corsair product that didn’t please. Would you use this for your regular, every day keyboard? Well, maybe. Would you use this for your gaming keyboard? More than likely. It’s loud RGB lighting wouldn’t be appropriate at the job setting, but would fit in perfectly in your fortress of solitude. The Cherry MX Silents, however, would be welcomed anywhere that you don’t want someone to hear every keystroke.

In terms of appearance, well, it looks almost identical to the Corsair K70 MK.2. The one caveat though, the STRAFE does not have the beautiful aluminium that the K70 MK.2 has. The RGB lighting is bright, vibrant, and insanely customizable.

Even though the STRAFE MK.2 doesn’t have the copious amounts of aluminum that the K70 MK.2 has, it is still hefty and solid. It actually weighs slightly more than it’s K70 MK.2 brother, just not as pretty. The ABS plastic frame and top-plate are of excellent quality.

In terms of functionality, the STRAFE MK.2 lives up to it’s predecessor. The addition of dedicated multi-media keys is always welcomed and was a missed feature on the MK.1. The keycaps fit tight on the stems, and the switches are 100% authentic Cherry MX. The bottom row however, is non standard. Corsair seems to love making these non-standard, as they’ve done it with almost all of their keyboards. Non-standard layouts can be difficult to find keycaps for, should you want to swap out your keycaps.

Value is where it gets a bit tricky, priced for $139.99 (Amazon | Newegg), this keyboard draws a bit of a premium compared to the competition. Ducky, Vortex, Cooler Master, and even Zalman have more affordable boards available, albeit they don’t have an aluminum frame, and some of them don’t have multimedia controls. When you compare the STRAFE MK.2 to the K70 MK.2, there is only a $10 price difference, but the K70 MK.2 adds more features.

I would recommend this keyboard to anyone who is looking for an RGB keyboard that has an abundance of switch options. The price of 149.99 is a little steep, but that depends on exactly what you consider valuable in a mechanical keyboard. To me, for a $10 price difference, the K70 MK.2 is still a better deal, but if $10 a waste for the extra features the K70 MK.2 adds, then save that money and get the STRAFE MK.2. The deciding factor in the past for a lot of people was that the original K70s had multimedia keys and the STRAFEs did not. Another difference worth mentioning is that the wrist rests on the K70 and STRAFE are different sizes, but feel pretty much the same.

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+ Per key RGB
+ Authentic Cherry MX switches
+ Braided cable
+ Dedicated media keys
+ Heavy base
+ Multi-profile support
+ USB Pass-through

Cons:

– Non-standard bottom row

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9 out of 10.

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