Hands-on review: Corsair's outstanding Strafe RGB MK2 keyboard
Corsair’s new Strafe RGB MK2 is a fine mechanical gaming keyboard, with many new features that were absent from its beloved predecessor.
When I was first told that I was reviewing a keyboard, my first thought was ‘not another one’.
However, the Strafe MK2 is both different and outstanding from the moment you open the box.
First impressions suggest you have just purchased a quality, substantial product that is not going to disappoint.
The packaging is neat and includes a detachable wrist rest for added comfort, as well as FPS & MOBA keycap sets.
Corsair themselves claim that the keyboard has a lifespan of up to 50 million acquisitions, and after using the keyboard for the last 48 hours, I don’t doubt the validity of their statement.
For gaming and general computer use, the Strafe RGB MK2 is a pleasure to use and whilst the product targets the growing gaming market, the keyboard also makes word processing an absolute breeze.
The model I have been testing is the MX Silent, which dampens audible noise by up to 30%.
You’ll find this version of the MK2 especially practical if you are streaming, working in an office, or if you don’t want to wake your housemates up in the early hours.
If you want to avoid the audible click noise of a traditional Cherry MX switches, then this is the keyboard for you.
The RGB MK2 oozes quality no matter where you look. From the floating design of the keys to the space-age font that highlights each key, Corsair has left no stone unturned when it comes to product design and innovation.
The easy-access multimedia and volume controls are a joy to use and allow you to make quick audio adjustments without interrupting your gaming.
Conveniently, there is also a USB 2.0 on top of the device for your mouse, or for topping up the battery of your smartphone.
As with all modern Corsair keyboards, the Strafe MK2 supports iCUE functionality, which allows full customisation with endless lighting presets and synchronisation with all other iCUE RGB-compatible devices.
To improve your experience, iCUE also allows you to reassign any key and set up complex macros to customise your keyboard to the most minute detail.
The Strafe MK2 should be at the top of any gamer’s shopping list - the 100% anti-ghosting technology means that your touches will register, no matter how fast you play.
It also includes 8MB of onboard profile storage, allowing you to take your gaming profiles with you no matter where you go.
Yet again, Corsair has designed a product with gamers at heart, that’s built to perform and to last a lifetime.
With its basic yet durable design, the MK2 is an investment that any gamer should be considering.
Article by Techday reviewer Tom Richmond