Following the disappointment of the Cherry Keyboard I still needed to replace my old keyboard that was sometimes missing key presses. We looked for a replacement for a long time but we eventually decided upon the Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB which Remmy bought as an early Christmas present for me 🙂 . This one also contains the Cherry MX keys, this time I chose the silent version that were developed exclusively for use by Corsair (for the time being). It is also available with the Red, Brown and Blue variety.
First impressions on unpacking the keyboard was that it looked amazing and felt sturdy and well built. The USB cable is also terminated to two plugs so it is thicker than normal keyboards. This is to provide the extra power required for the lighting system but if you are using a USB 3 port only one is needed apparently.
When I plugged in the keyboard and installed the Corsair Utility Engine (latest version downloaded from the website) I was greeted with an amazing light show. This is because each key can be assigned to one of over 16 million colours to customise to your liking. Thankfully, pre-sets are already loaded which shows the capability of the system. (The pictures attached are from the actual keyboard.)
When I was playing with the software unfortunately I came across a problem. For no apparent reason the light show stopped and the software seemed to show that no keyboard was plugged in. I had to unplug the USB leads for it to work again. Not a good start, but I was willing to forgive it if no other errors occurred. Sadly, this wasn’t what happened as not only did the lights freeze again but the actual key presses failed or continued to register a key press even though I wasn’t typing.
As you are may be aware, I am an avid Corsair fan and recommend their products a lot. This time however I was extremely disappointed and returned the keyboard for a refund. Maybe I was unlucky and had a faulty product, but as this was an expensive purchase I was expecting perfection so didn’t bother with a replacement. Obviously, I am now looking for another keyboard and will write a review when I purchase it.