Corsair may have diversified into the peripherals market a couple of years ago but they currently are one of the most active gaming peripheral developers. The company does well enough in that segment of the market that they recently founded their own gaming brand, Corsair Gaming. Although the company owes much of their success on the first Vengeance keyboards and mice, it is their recent RGB-series that has given them a significant advantage as a talking point among gamers and keyboard enthusiasts. As a precursor to this piece, we had a thorough review of the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard when it first came out nearly a year ago, as well as a quick look on all of their RGB keyboards and two of their newest gaming mice some months ago.

The Corsair STRAFE

Although the K65/K70/K95 RGB keyboards are outstanding products, they all share a common flaw - their retail price. Having a fully mechanical keyboard with exclusive Cherry MX RGB switches is an expensive endeavor and, even though their capabilities and performance are excelling, these models are just too expensive for many users and they ultimately paid an early adopter premium as a result. This is especially true for users that do not need or care for programmable RGB per-key backlighting. As a result Corsair is today throwing another card on the table by releasing the STRAFE, a mechanical gaming keyboard that may be limited to red backlighting but supposedly lacks no practical features over the RGB models. The truly interesting part however is that the STRAFE has an MSRP of just $110, nearly half the MSRP of the K70 RGB ($200).

Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Key features and specifications

  • Cherry MX switches (Red or Brown)
  • Per Key Backlight (Red)
  • Fully Programmable (Corsair Utility Engine compatible)
  • USB Port
  • Textured and contoured keycaps
  • Gaming Circuitry (Anti-Ghosting)
  • Easy Access Media

Packaging & Bundle

Corsair supplies the STRAFE in a well-designed, thick cardboard box. The artwork is based on a picture of the keyboard itself and has a black/yellow color theme, which is the "signature" livery of the Corsair Gaming brand. Alongside with the keyboard, Corsair supplies a very basic manual, a keycap removal tool and two sets of gaming keycaps. The first set is supposed to be for FPS gamers and the second for MOBA gamers. Both sets are contoured and textured. Two keycaps, the W and the D, exist in both sets but have different contours as a result.

 

The Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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  • N_rman - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    No points deducted for a non-standard bottom row? Reply
  • sweenish - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    It's one key on the right side. For gaming, I don't see it disrupting much flow. Unless that Windows key was crucial to you. Reply
  • BigTinz - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    It's actually a completely non-standard bottom row, not just "one key".

    1.5|1|1.25|6.5|1.25|1|1|1.5 instead of the standard 1.25|1.25|1.25|6.25|1.25|1.25|1.25|1.25
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  • Mr Perfect - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    Yeah, that's really annoying. Even if it did have the right Windows key, the wonky key spacing knocks it right off my list. It's going to be nearly impossible to get after market keycaps for this board. Enthusiasts who are willing to drop three figures on a keyboard also like to put custom caps on. Reply
  • piiman - Saturday, July 18, 2015 - link

    Ahhh not everyone and most don't. Reply
  • edzieba - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    "Unless that Windows key was crucial to you."
    It WOULD screw with the Win+L lock-screen-when-standing-up reflex.
    Reply
  • Flunk - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    Not for me, I always hit the left one. Reply
  • GekkePrutser - Monday, July 20, 2015 - link

    Which is also in the wrong place :) Reply
  • E.Fyll - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    No points given or deducted anywhere. I don't do "points" at all.

    The bottom row is slightly different between all advanced full-size keyboards. The layout that you mention is followed on tenkeyless keyboards only, and even then some tenkeyless keyboards still do have a different bottom row. None of the full size keyboards I ever reviewed follows the "standard" layout of the basic ANSI 104-key keyboard. Technically, the ANSI specification (and the ISO too) do not specifically limit the length of these keys.
    Reply
  • jfallen - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    Delete this comment after you fix the problem. on the Anandtech home page it states:

    "Corsair have released a new Mechanical Motherboard"

    regards
    Jordan
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