Corsair Strafe RGB MK2 Silent Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
The Corsair range of keyboards has long been one of the most consistent performers around. A combination of fantastic build quality, juicy component choices and a carefully selected set of features mean that you can buy almost any of them and know you’re getting a product which will keep you happy for a long time. The vast size of the range also means that there is a model to suit almost every pocket, from the low end all the way up to the K95 Platinum.
A model which didn’t quite fall into the Kx range was the Strafe. It was a keyboard that had an awful lot to recommend it and was just, perhaps, missing a couple of ingredients that would have made it really stand out as a genuine alternative to, well almost anything on the market.
The Corsair design team have taken the Strafe back to their R&D lab and, looking at all the user feedback, improved it in all the key areas. Enough in fact to necessitate the launch of a Mk.2 model, and that’s the keyboard we have on test today. As well as adding dedicated media keys – always a nice alternative to the Fn+F key solution – and the famous Corsair roller volume control they have also equipped the Strafe Mk.2 with onboard hardware profile retention and processing and upped the ante on the build quality.
In the extremely competitive mechanical keyboard market is it enough to make the Strafe RGB Mk.2 stand out?
The Strafe Mk.2 has two different Cherry MX switches available, the always popular MX Red switch and the fabulous MX Silent. Our review sample came equipped with the Cherry MX Silent switches and we think these might make anyone who is sitting on the fence about a mechanical keyboard due to the somewhat higher noise level in use, take a good long look at the Strafe Mk.2. They have a typing experience similar to the massively popular Red switches – 45nm actuation pressure, linear response, short throw – with a lot less noise than even the Reds bring to the table, nevermind something deliberately loud like the MX Blues.