Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Gaming Keyboard
Pop quiz. What's the first thing that you think of when you imagine a mechanical keyboard?
We'll wager that for many of you the answer is something which isn't really the truth. Such is the way that reality is unrealistic in media, we imagine the old IBM Model M with all it's clicking and clacking. For owners of the blue variant of Cherry MX switches this is also the reality of current mechanical keyboards. They might have the resilience, life span and unquestioned quality of any premium item of hardware, they might have more features than you can realistically expect to take full advantage of, but for most people they're those loud clicking things and that's an end of matters.
Even for us, given the amount that we type for our readers, that child's rattle sound is too much to tolerate on a daily basis. You can dampen it greatly with a more sensible choice of switch colour, browns or reds for example, and even purchasing 200-odd o-rings can help reduce the noise, but maybe there is another way.
Enter Corsair and their Strafe keyboard. We've reviewed this before in another guise but here it's coming with two headline features. Firstly, RGB support. As individual taste changes so does the amount of colours necessary to supply everyone with something harmonious. You don't want to drop the price of a good motherboard on a keyboard only to decide that you're sick of blue and want to go red but the price of a new keyboard is intolerable. Go multi-hue to begin with.
The second, and to us most interesting, feature is a claimed 30% reduction in the amount of noise this particular keyboard generates in use when compared to similarly equipped products. That is something we can't wait to test.
Specifications are outwardly similar to the other Strafe in the Corsair range. But where that was limited to red lighting this gives the full spectrum. Add to that the ubiquitous Cherry MX switches and Corsair's aluminium body and this ticks a lot of boxes. The silence box is the big one though, but before we discover if this is mere bluster or a genuine seachange let's take a closer look at the Strafe RGB MX-Silent.