CORSAIR - Strafe RGB MX Silent Gaming Keyboard - Black

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Quietly play your favorite games on this Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent gaming keyboard, which features fully programmable keys with colorful backlighting to suit your style. FPS/MOBA keycap sets are textured and contoured for a natural feel.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Strafe RGB MX Silent Gaming Keyboard
  • Wrist rest
  • FPS & MOBO keycap sets
  • Keycap puller
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (894 out of 932)

Features


Colorful backlit keys

Programmable through the Corsair Utility Engine for a customized look.

Cherry MX Silent key switches

Respond with minimal noise.

High-quality circuitry

Features antighosting with 104 key rollover on USB to ensure rapid keystroke response.

FPS/MOBA keycap settings

Provide a comfortable feel as you type.

Multimedia controls

So you can adjust audio settings while in-game.

USB pass-through port

Compatible with most mice, wireless headset adapters and cell phones.

Detachable wrist rest

Ensures comfort for extended play.


Customer rating

4.8
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Silent Lightning

    Posted
    Mike
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    -Pros- Lighting Layout Customization -Cons- Thick cable Bulky / flashy cable connections Prior to purchasing this keyboard I was using a rather standard HP keyboard with a few multimedia keys I never really used. So when I started searching for a new keyboard I decided on a few things I was after. 1) Natural feel I wanted a keyboard that I didn't have to "learn" how to use and just felt natural to use. I tried a couple different gaming keyboards like the G910 and Blackwidow before this one and found the layout uncomfortable with the macro keys extending the keyboard out the side instead of up which threw off the natural feel for me. The strafe felt incredibly natural to me with no new "learning" needed. It doesn't have any extra dedicated keys like the other keyboards though aside from the keyboard lock button and lighting button, which is fine for me because I have played just fine without them so far. 2) RGB lighting Since I first saw lighting on keyboards I have always wanted one instead of my usual hum drum keyboards with no lighting. The strafe puts on a fantastic light show and the software allows you to set up a bunch of different variations of lighting such as: wave, pulse, visor, rain and my favorite spiral rainbow - THE COLORS! You can also customize different lighting options in the software that are not presets. It has a white back under the keys which some RGB keyboards do not have that gives the lights more presence. 3) Sound I wanted to dive into the mechanical keys, but I didn't want keys that sounded like they could overpower a conversation while typing. The strafe has keys that are quieter than standard keyboards that use membrane keys which was a nice selling point for me. I usually hate textured things on peripherals and thought the textured space bar would be a real nuisance for me, but surprisingly it doesn't feel bad at all and almost feels natural, which I found odd having used non textured space bars all my life. -Notes- I would like to mention I recently had an issue where the preset lighting effect I had selected did not come on when I turned my computer on like it normally did. I went into the software to see if anything needed to be updated, but everything was up to date. So I unplugged the keyboard and plugged it back in and the lighting effect came back on. It has only happened once so far, but figured it worth mentioning if you have similar issues. The keyboard also has a USB port in the back, which many find convenient, but I never use it so I did not include it in the pros section. It should be noted that in order to use that port you have to plug the second cable that is split off from the power cable into a USB port on your computer, so you don't get an extra port, but rather relocate the one on your computer to the back of the keyboard. In the cons I mentioned thick cable and bulky connections. The cable itself is very thick being about three times the thickness of my standard keyboard. In the middle of the cable it splits off into two smaller cables to power the keyboard and for the USB port on the back of the keyboard. The connections also have this bulky and flashy yellow casing. These things aren't really an issue for me personally, but I also don't see them as pros and could see them as cons for many neat freaks and people who like a somewhat low profile on cable management so I included them in the cons.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First gaming keyboard - Corsair vs. Razer

    Posted
    TSF25
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    I am a 22 year old gamer female. I had never purchased specific gaming peripherals before - I have just used a regular keyboard because I am just a casual gamer. With that being said, when I decided I wanted a new keyboard, I spent A LOT of time deciding what keyboard I should purchase (upwards of 6 hours over several weeks spent online, reading reviews and product features, as well as going into different electronics stores and trying out various keyboards in person multiple times). I would say that I am picky despite being a casual gamer, but as most would agree, a keyboard is an essential and very personal piece of equipment, and I am also very intent on buying what I think is the best product for a good price. Many people have told me that Razer is the way to go for gaming keyboards. They have solid products and the Razer Blackwidow Multi Chroma was the other keyboard I was debating on buying. While the Corsair keyboard software is not as "broadcasted" as the Razer keyboard software, I think it's just as robust and customizable. Yes, the Corsair software is a little less "user-friendly" but you would have to be either incredibly impatient or a true idiot if you aren't able to figure it out - it's not that complicated. It might take you a few extra minutes to get comfortable and acquainted with the interface, but overall it's comparable to the Razer functions. The cherry strafe silent keys are excellent - something I also looked into. My apartment has high ceilings and while the Razer felt incredibly comfortable and easy to type on, I was very worried about the volume and, let's face it, clunkiness of the keys that really clack when you type; in my experience, going to various stores and trying out different mechanical keyboards, I found that Razer is definitely one of the loudest, if not the loudest, mechanical keyboard. It can be a nice sound but I thought that it, personally, might get annoying, especially in my environment. The cherry strafe keys on the Corsair are not fully "silent" although it may be advertised as such. You still get some sound to your key strokes which is nice but definitely not at the obnoxious volume of the Razer. Something I have to comment on is aesthetics. Razer has somewhat of a cleaner presentation than Corsair for several reasons: the font on the Razer products is personal preference. I think it's a hit or a miss: either you like it or you do not. I think it's an ugly font but the keys are much more settled/deeper into the keyboard than the Corsair keys which stick out. This makes the backlighting color features a little less clean on the Corsair, but better on the Razer. I ended up buying this product because BestBuy was having a competitive sale going on. I figured I would purchase (knowing I had a 30 day return policy) and really use the keyboard for awhile to see if it was something I could get used to, enjoy, and that wouldn't get annoying. The quiet type keyboard was definitely a major selling point - and if you're looking into aesthetics and backlighting, don't let Corsair's low profile on backlighting trick you - there's just as many/most of the same backlighting options as the Razer software! I hope this can help at least one person!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard. Could use a few tweaks.

    Posted
    Greg
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    Call me old, but I really enjoy typing on a mechanical keyboard. I purchased this keyboard not for gaming, but for keyboarding/typing. Personally, I prefer keyboards that have a little bit of a click to them. This is a silent keyboard that does not have the tactile "click" when I type, which I kind of miss. I do not blame Corsair for this... They market it as a quiet mechanical keyboard, and I did have an opportunity to try it out on a display at Best Buy before buying it, so I have no one to blame but myself. Ironically enough, my wife likes it better because my previous "clicky" keyboard drove her nuts. What makes me tolerate the absence of my tactile click when I type is the LED effects on the keyboard. For me, it serves no function but simply aesthetics, but I really like it. Makes me feel like a geek, I suppose. One thing I do not like, however, is that the lighting themes are controlled through a program on the PC and when my computer goes to sleep, the keyboard goes back to the default lighting scheme (which is really not very cool or attractive, in my opinion). As soon as I log back in, the keyboard goes back to the previous theme, so it is not a huge deal, but I really wish the keyboard itself would somehow remember its theme setting so it would boot up in that setting and stay in the theme even when the computer goes to sleep. Another minor annoyance that I did not even notice when I bought the keyboard is that the numeric and other special keys have the characters reversed. The number keys, for instance, have the numbers on the top of the keys, not the bottom, with the symbols on the bottom, not the top. Good thing I am a touch typist, otherwise this would bother me even more than it does now. I use the shift key to access the characters on the top of the key. With the way this keyboard is physically set up, I have to use the shift key to go "down" to the special character on the key. This is very counterintuitive and a huge annoyance. I would also like a way to toggle the function keys as opposed to having to hold the special function key any time I want to increase or decrease the volume. Maybe I'm spoiled by my Mac, but I find myself using function keys less and less for their F1 through F12 functions, and more for things like skipping songs and adjusting the volume. There is a button on the keyboard that allows me to toggle the lighting between three different brightness settings (or off entirely) without having to do anything within the operating system itself, which is nice. In the end, my complaints are somewhat minor and it is a good keyboard with a solid, albeit soft (due to the lack of the tactile click) feel when typing. Now if only they would start making mechanical LED keyboards like this one for the Mac...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good mechanical keyboard

    Posted
    Cheeeks
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    This is a good mechanical keyboard that I'd rate 4.5 stars. To provide some context to my review, my other mechanical keyboard has Cherry MX green switches which are clicky, loud, and have more resistance (which I love). I chose this keyboard with silent Cherry MX switches because I needed something that I could use at home at night that won't wake the kids, yet I still wanted the "feel" of a mechanical keyboard. The clickiness is obviously different but it still feels like I'm typing on a mechanical keyboard, so mission accomplished. The keys are narrower than other keyboards and it takes some getting used to; thus the subtraction of half a star. This is a full-sized keyboard with a ten-key number pad so I don't understand why they didn't make it a little larger with "normal" sized keys I needed back-lighting but didn't require anything fancy so the multicolored lights are a bonus. I haven't played around with customizing the lights or keys nor do I intend to in the future. To summarize, pros include: * Still "feels" like a mechanical keyboard even though the switches are silent * Backlit keys (multicolored a bonus) * On each side of the keyboard is a strip of white light that both looks cool and provides ambient light around my desk * You don't have to install or run the Corsair software in order to have backlit keys; there is a default backlight setting * There is a dedicated button to dim and turn-off the backlighting * The keys are raised or "floating" which makes it easy to clean since the spacing is so large i.e. there aren't any small crevices for junk to get into (you can also just pop the keys off for more thorough cleaning) Cons: * Keys are narrower than typical keyboards

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mechanical Keyboard

    Posted
    GoalieMedic
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    Admittedly, I didn't buy this for gaming, rather for work. I needed a good keyboard that had keys that actually sat up instead of the trend toward these flat key keyboards. And I love the feel of the mech keyboards, especially those with a positive click feel to the keys, but figured I would drive everyone nuts with the constant clicking. Enter the Strafe RGB Silent, which has all the feel and features of a mechanical keyboard with a much quieter key activation. Keys are responsive and typing on it feels better than just about any keyboard I've used. The keys are individually lit with RGB LEDs, so each key can be configured to a different color. FPS and MOAB lighting layouts are pre-programmed, or you can control them yourself easily with the Corsair program. The program also includes color schemes you can download from the community, including things like flags, a Matrix-like color pattern, etc. If you buy the Corsair mouse, and even the mouse pad & headphones, you can link the color schemes together such that as a color transitions off the keyboard it will "flow" into the mouse, then the mouse pad, then the headphones before flowing back into the keyboard. Kind of a cool feature. The keyboard also features one (1) pass thru USB slot, which generally you're going to use for your mouse, but could do anything up to & including charging your cell phone. The only con I found was the wrist pad. Corsair says it's just the right balance between smooth & tactile to keep your hands in place, but it's anything but. It's like putting your hands on a wrist pad covered in vegetable oil -- your hands will slip right off it. I found me removing it like 5 minutes after I put it on. This is an absolutely great keyboard and highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for the price

    Posted
    kenco
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    I have other mechanical keyboards that I use on my other computers, and this Strafe is my favorite out of all of them. I have a Logitech G903 with it's Romer G keys, similar to the Cherry Brown, which is nicer for the RGB lighting aspect of it and the Gamdias mechanical Cherry "clicky" Blues. In the manner of typing and lack of noise, this Strafe Silent keyboard is the winner. The keys have just the right feel and response for gaming and typing without feeling mushy, plus none of that annoying click that can give you nightmares. All the keys have the excellent silent touch except for one, and that is the space bar. It has more of a clunky noise unlike the other keys, and you can hear when you hit the space bar as it stands out for every press you make on it, especially if you are typing, say like a letter, email or long report. The RGB lighting of course is unlimited in it's adjustments, accurate and not hard to figure out for the settings. There is considerable light bleed from all of the keys underneath, unlike the Logitech G903, but it is not a bad effect. The USB port is also a nice bonus, something that I think Logitech should add to their keyboards, because who doesn't need a handy USB for charging their phone and other accessories on their desktop? Corsair has an extensive layout of mechanical keyboards of which you should take considerable time to evaluate each one that is best for you for function, appearance and price, as for me, this RGB Strafe silent is my top choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Disappointed

    Posted
    Icesniper
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    I had been using pretty basic keyboards for years and when my last one started getting buggy, I thought I would make a major upgrade. I bought this so-called "silent", Corsair keyboard on sale after reading several reviews and I must say I was disappointed. The first keyboard I bought wouldn't light up all the way, so I had to return it. The second one I got, and am currently using, has been pretty buggy. For one thing, the keyboard is VERY software reliant, no simple plug and play here, and the proprietary C.U.E. software interface is not very intuitive and actually rather difficult to update, install and use. Originally I had the keyboard plugged into a KVM switch, then I decided I would plug it directly into a USB 3 port on my PC (Just so you are sure, there are two USB plugs required on this board). to see if it helped. It didn't. Fairly often when I strike a key while playing my favorite game, the keyboard simply does not respond. It seems to type fine, but, for example; I will strike the "F" key repeatedly to activate one of my powers in the game and it will take 3-4 solid keystrikes to make it work. (I know when it hasn't because the game's Powers are on timers and indicate when they have been used by showing the timer counting down.) I thought maybe it was that key was faulty, but it has done the same thing with other keys. Also, for supposedly being a silent keyboard, I find it to be quite loud. I hate to say it, but I would be better off buying 3 standard keyboards, one after the other, as they wear out than paying a premium for this one. Buyer beware.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    Posted
    Justaguy
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    I'm not a gamer and but bought this keyboard primarily for at home office work. I wanted a really durable, quiet, customized lighted board so this fit the bill. My favorite part is the software and the customization you can do. I setup macros for various office work that greatly reduces keystrokes and thus improves productivity. I like the lighting of the board and since it's capabile of producing all 3 primary colors you can get basically any color scheme you want. Most of the default schemes with "movement" were just too distracting for office work so I have it set to a static color and change in weekly. But pretty cool you have the option for some color movements. For a mechanical board, it's very quiet but definitely no silent. It's probably in between a laptop style board and a regular old mechanic board. I don't have a problem with the noise and can be on speaker on a conference call typing away and no one is bothered, so that's a win. Another plus that I didn't even know about it is the USB port on the back of the board. It has a built in dual USB cord and then the secondary port on the board itself is very handy for plugging in a headset, jump drive, or my wireless mouse for battery charging. I found this to be a really handy feature. Overall it's pricey but hopefully it lasts a long time and the features make it worth it over a stand keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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