CORSAIR - STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red

Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: Kick, punch and battle your way through games with rapid response from this keyboard's Cherry MX gaming switch keys. The fully programmable keys can also be individually lit to match your in-game movements.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • FPS and MOBO keycap sets, keycap puller
    • Owner's manual
    • STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (476 out of 503)

    Features


    Fully programmable keys

    Enable you to reassign keys for enhanced gaming.

    Multimedia controls

    Let you adjust the volume, brightness and more with the touch of a button.

    Customizable backlighting

    Choose from 6 preset options or create your own lighting setup.

    Cherry MX gaming switch technology

    Offers rapid response times for quick in-game action.

    Antighosting with 104 key rollover

    Quickly registers your keystrokes for smooth performance during fast-action sequences.

    FPS/MOBA keycap sets

    Textured keycaps with a contoured surface provide a comfortable feel.

    USB 2.0/3.0 interface

    Establishes a reliable connection to your laptop or desktop computer.

    Windows compatible

    For use with your existing computer.


    Customer rating

    4.6
    95%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    4.0

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!

      Posted
      EoNNoN

      I had heard all good things about Corsair, and my friend had recently purchased a gaming keyboard from them and had no complaints. I worked hard for a while to get the $100 for this keyboard and I loved it. I loved the colors and the sound, and just how comfortable it was to use for long periods of time. I bought this keyboard in November of 2016 and had no problems until March of 2017. I came home to find that the W button wasn't not working. I had not ever damaged this keyboard, I had taken very good care of this keyboard. I never hit it, spilled anything or dropped it. Heck, when I was switching to this default keyboard I noticed I still had the plastic on the glossy sides of it. I did everything I could find online to fix this problem, including what the Corsair support said. Eventually, on the second day of this issue, only the lights would light up if it was plugged in to one USB port, and none of the keys would work, I couldn't even adjust the brightness of the keyboard. When I plugged in the other USB port so there was two USB ports in, all the keys worked on the computer as well as the lights. Except for the W key. I owned this keyboard for less than four months and it is already unusable. If you want to get a gaming keyboard for around this same price, I would suggest going with Logitech, and if not Logitech, go with Razer. Anything besides Corsair, as they put absolutely zero effort into their products. In fact, for around $70, you can get a multicolored Logitech gaming keyboard, which is what I will be purchasing as soon as I possibly can. Never Again Corsair.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      First Cherry red (used fps kit)

      Posted
      Britt
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I decided to purchase the strafe as my first red switch keyboard. I play overwatch and it works great! PROS: Although I did not buy the silent version, the keys are very quiet. All sets come with both the moba and fps kits, which change your main/movement keys to a light grey with grips. I like that the wasd keys are caved inwards for more stability. This is great, because cherry red boards are unforgiving to finger slips (as soon as you touch a key it will be "clicked"). The spacebar also has the raised grips. It is anti-ghosting, has customizable backlights with cool patterns, and keys are triggered quickly. CONS: I personally found the keys to be a little tall at first, but I adapted to it quickly. I have small hands and it is difficult to reach some of the essential buttons, such as the shift key and lower communications (zxc buttons). I ended up remapping my action keys to accommodate for this. To customize your backlighting, you will have to download software from Corsair, for which there is no updated tutorials. It took some time for me to understand the layering tools (for the red only backlit boards you can change brightness and add patterns, not colors). The interface is not very user-friendly. TLDR; The keyboard is great quality, but be cautious if this is your first red switch or have small hands. Also looks very pretty and all your (gamer) friends will be jelly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Keyboard for the Price

      Posted
      Dylan
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Perfect keyboard if you don't mind having just one color. I went to the store in my town and they had this one, and many other Corsair models, many of the same spec, but a number of the others had RGB lighting rather than just the red. At the time, this keyboard was on sale for much less than any of the RGB keyboards, and I just thought for the price, I am getting a fully mechanical keyboard minus the perk of the RGB coloring. If you can handle going without the RGB coloring and just doing the red color, you still get all of the great patterns, per key lighting, and dynamic lighting, along with the mechanical action of CHERRYMX RED keys. It really is a great value keyboard. It also has much quieter mechanical keys against Razer's noisy custom CHERRY keys, but that is just a matter of preference.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sturdy, Responsive, Great Keyboard

      Posted
      KeepItHonest
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Great overall keyboard for Gaming, Typing, Work/School. The keys light up a cherry red but can be dimmed to low, medium or high with quick access button. The color can be changed from the cherry red to different shades of red. The key fonts are big and not loud like the other keyboards, key strokes sound like any other office keyboard. The keyboard is thick and sturdy which I love and does not feel flimsy or slides on the surface. The keyboard also has an USB slot to connect other USB devices which is great to plug in a cellphone for example or mouse. Overall this is a great keyboard, it's exactly what I wanted. Something sturdy, key lighting, not to loud and at a decent price. I recommend this to all gamers or anyone wanting light up keys that are easy on the eyes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great keyboard for work/gaming

      Posted
      DeeKay
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought this keyboard as it was recommended to me. I wanted a sturdy keyboard that I could take around with me when I would travel, but didn't want to drop another $200 on a keyboard that I use for my main rig, especially since there is potential for it to break in transit. The Corsair Strafe is a full-sized mechanical keyboard and it is very sturdy (also a bit weighty). It has a fast action, so I can seamlessly type (or game) without having my fingers get stuck on the keys. It's at a great price-point compared to other mechanical gaming keyboards and won't break the bank if you're like me and want a quality mechanical gaming keyboard without investing a large amount of money into it. Even though this is considered a more entry-level keyboard, I am so pleased with the Corsair brand, that I might even change my main rig's peripherals all to Corsair.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      3 for the keys

      Posted
      wrasse
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      lets start out w/the positive-the keys-they were excellent for the short while i used this-ok thats it for the positive-the font and the red background lighting was the most annoying combo i have ever used-and on top of that they put all the dual action symbols on the keys upside down-i guess if you can type this isnt a big deal,but if you have to seek and find it is really tough-especially when the lighting power had to be turned down to lowest setting-if not the glare was terrible.All the corners and seams were super sharp,the cables were robust but to big and stiff,im disabled and have my computer on a hospital type table over my bed so it gets moved around a lot,if stationary i guess it wouldnt be that big of deal-but is not the case here-it is a decent keyboard for the price-but not many extras especially for a gaming keyboard

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid, affordable gaming keyboard

      Posted
      pg3133
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have been a Razer user for years, but I wanted to try something new, primarily due to the fact that I did not feel that the Razer keyboard was maintaining its quality as long as it had used too, given normal wear and tear. I found the Corsair keyboard from a Twitch streamer, and have found it to be exactly like the streamer described. It is sturdy, yet highly responsive. There is a grip in place on the Spacebar and other important keys (W,A,S,D) that is quite helpful, as well. The backlit keys can be both dimmed and turned off entirely, which is nice, because at full force, the light can get slightly overbearing (mostly, I think, because it is red). There is flexibility in placement due to a massive cord length, which, for me, is nice given my setup.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Keyboard

      Posted
      WLloyd
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I will say upfront I loved this keyboard but i ended up returning it. It was my first mechanical keyboard and made me decide very quickly i was never going back to non-mechanical. The red lights were bright and the patterns you can use really allow you to add personalization to the keyboard. Red is my favorite color so the fact that was the only color offered was not a problem to me. If you know about mechanical keyboards then you know about the sound these make. It is louder than a membrane keyboard but not over the top. These are cherry reds so you could use it in an office environment without problems. Now to why i returned it. 2 days after i brought this keyboard BB put the RGB version only sale for $10 less than what i paid for this one. Thats the only reason i returned it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, durability, usability and design. Editors have mixed opinions about size. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 90/100 = Excellent quality.
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    • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Tom Morgan on August 23, 2015
      Corsair STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard review
      Feature-packed and comfortable to use, but the STRAFE is a little expensive compared to Corsair's RGB keyboardsFull Review
    • TechnoBuffaloEric Frederiksen on July 31, 2015
      Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – A solid starter missing some features
      Last fall, I had the chance to check out Corsair's K70 RGB mechanical keyboard. It was a sturdy, good looking mechanical keyboard with customization options that would make most keyboards slink away in shame by comparison. This year, Corsair isFull Review



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