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CORSAIR - STRAFE Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 524 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • 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
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    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
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    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

    Great keyboard for work/gaming

    Posted
    DeeKay
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    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
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    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

    Sturdy, Responsive, Great Keyboard

    Posted
    KeepItHonest
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    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

    Solid, affordable gaming keyboard

    Posted
    pg3133
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tank of a keyboard

    Posted
    Callen
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    The build quality of this keyboard is outstanding all around, this thing is an absolute TANK, and at an incredibly affordable price. Switches are smooth and have a short actuation, although a long stroke until they bottom out, making them both touch typist friendly and great for any kind of gaming. Replacement gaming keys that come with the board are very nice to the touch and dont get uncomfortable over long periods of gaming due to slight bevels to acclimate for a slightly more comfortable posture on your hand. Corsair software is fantastic and each key is individually backlit, leading to infinite possibility. As long as you like red. The only reason for a single star taken off is there is a slight wobble to keys, and its kind of odd feeling at times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Mechanical Keyboard

    Posted
    solo2112
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    I've been hearing a lot of good things about mechanical keyboard. When this particular model was on sale, I took the plunge. Combined with the student discount, I think I got a good deal on an authentic Cherry MX Red keyboard, instead of their clones. The first thing I noticed was the weight. This keyboard is heavy! But not overly so. The heft keeps the keyboard stays on the desk and it does not move even in intense gaming sessions or heavy typing. I like the tactile feedback; something that was lacking from my membrane keyboard. I'm a terrible typist, but I think my accuracy is improving. So far, I'm happy with it. I don't think I'll ever go back to membrane keyboard again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but gets gross easily

    Posted
    PenName
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    I've had this keyboard for over a year now. Overall, I love it. Pros: It's got the satisfying "click" that mechanical keyboards are meant to. It's very responsive. The customization software is easy to use, even if it doesn't do much I need. Cons: The open design of the keys means that dust and...really anything small (crumbs I might have on my fingertips, small bits of paper because I craft nearby, etc) can slip between and then underneath the keys...and then you can just see it the whole time. It's not easy to clean all this dust under the keyboard, unless you want to dismantle it. Which means it can get gross FAST.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    if you like the lights don't buy this

    Posted
    bloodstripe75
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    Love Corsair products... love mechanical keyboards, thought the red lights fit with the red components on my built system. However, I returned the first one after dealing with Corsairs support when the lights quit working. They finally gave up and said return it to the store. Second keyboard worked great but Corsair wanted to update when I first plugged it in and then it didn't work. After flashing the keyboard, re down loading, starting and restarting it finally works, but the lights flicker and go off and on. So bottom line if you have to have lights on a mechanical keyboard spend the extra hundred to go up a few models...and I have no idea why this keyboard was already $99

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Price, Great Keyboard

    Posted
    DashKid
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    So I bought this keyboard last week, and the reason why I chose the Strafe is cause of the price $81.99 for a Cherry MX switches. I used a Razer mechanical keyboard for about 3 years before it finally died. It was an Cherry MX Blue switch and it was way to loud for my taste, and also I really wasn't a fan of RGB coloring. So my next keyboard was this one because I wanted something plain and boy so far I love the keyboard. Keyboard isn't too loud, like a Brown or Blue switch, still has the response of a Blue or Brown switch. Perfectly for gaming and just average day use. I write a lot of bash and puppet scripts and this keyboard sure does feel good when writing those scripts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great key feel

    Posted
    Jjku
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    The keys are so responsive. There is a positive felt click when engaging the keys. No squishy nonsense that leaves you checking the screen to see if you hit the letter or not. I can type faster with more confidence with having to look up at screen when looking at another monitor. The keys can be switched for directional arrow keys asdw when gaming which feels natural and you don't have to look down when gaming because you can feel the direction keys. I am older but I am sure a younger gamer crowd will like the lighting patterns and options.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lovely mechanical keyboard

    Posted
    DFR1988
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    I love mechanical keyboards. Cherry MX Red switches hit just the right feel and noise level for me, personally. You will never really understand the wonderful feel of a good mechanical keyboard unless you try it for yourself. Perfect for any computer use, whether typing or gaming. Do your fingers a favor and spend a little extra cash for one of these over the "standard," cheap, membrane keyboards. You won't regret it. My only real complaint about this keyboard is that the LED options are a bit limited, but for the price that's a sacrifice I was willing to make.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre at best

    Posted
    Dylan

    First of all, I am using OSX not Windows. This is where I have one of my biggest issues. Corsair doesn't offer their software for OSX. This is incredibly frustrating as I was looking forward to the customization that is offered. I also am not a huge fan of the keys. I don't feel like they're very responsive/offer little tactile feedback for a mechanical keyboard. It doesn't feel very satisfying. It's not a bad keyboard, but it's not for everybody. I would still recommend for a user/gamer with specific preferences, but it's not my cup of tea. Not bad, not great. Mediocre at best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best mechanical for the price

    Posted
    Paul
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    Excellent keyboard for what you're paying. You'll see a lot of competition at this price range but for both cherry reds (which are the quieter keys) and the corsair warranty, this cannot be beat. Easy setup with an additional USB port on the backside as well as drivers that allow customization of the lights. I'm boring and have mine set to the solid red color, but there are some interesting profiles like a rain effect or having waves come out with each key press. Whether veteran user of mechanical keyboards or just making the switch away from regular keyboards, look no further.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    Posted
    John

    I absolutely love this keyboard! The mechanical cherry switches are super satisfying to use. At first I was a bit skeptical about the price, however I actually read a personal review about The Corsair Strafe and it seemed like the person had a great time using the keyboard so I decided to buy one myself. I couldn't have been more excited when I got mine in the mail, as I am now gaming at the top of my performance. The article was very helpful to me -- if you want to check it out yourself you can read it here http://www.quikrev.com/corsair-strafe-cherry-mx-red-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid keyboard

    Posted
    jjoey
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    I was looking for a keyboard that would last for more than 5 years. Tired of the cheap modern membrane keyboards. My research led me to this rock-solid mechanical keyboard, like the keyboards that came with the original PC during the PC revolution of the late 70s and 80s. If you want a cheap silent keyboard, then this isn't for you. If you want just what a quality keyboard that will last, then consider this Corsair Strafe. I don't use any of the gaming features, so I can't comment on them. I can tell you that is comes with extra keys, but the documentation is lacking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    Maikai
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    I feel like most keyboards these days are extremely overpriced, however with this keyboard on sale I feel like its a fair value. There isn't much to complain about here. The build quality feels solid, the keys have a nice firm feel to them yet doesn't require much force to type. The keys are clearly visible and when they're backlit they are even easier to read. I would purchase this keyboard again at sale price, for full price however I would probably actually pay the additional money to get one of the multicolored rgb keyboards

    I would recommend this to a friend