Buttons and switches
The new model is available with both Cherry MX Red Switches and Cherry MX Silent Red key switches. For our test, we chose the model with silent switches. These are, as the name suggests, much quieter. Nevertheless, they can be operated comfortably and precisely.
The actuating force required is extremely low, which should also accommodate users who want to use the keyboard in everyday life. The feeling when the keys are pressed is also good – commands given at the touch of a key are immediately implemented, which ensures good control and a good feeling for playing and typing.
It is possible to assign an individual illumination to each key. These different lighting options can be set in the software supplied with the keyboard, which will be discussed in more detail in the next section. The individual illumination of each button in almost every imaginable colour opens up countless possibilities for the individual design of the mechanical gaming keyboard.
All in all, it can be said that the mechanical keys and their switches are fully convincing in practice, and that these keys can be illuminated individually. The positive impression created by the design of the keyboard continues here.
The software used is the Corsair Utility Engine, which should be familiar to users who already have experience with Corsair products. The software knows how to inspire by its various possibilities, which can also strike in the first moment, however, also.
Keys can be assigned any functions in the software, profiles can be saved, the lighting can be adjusted and the key assignments can be changed as required. If you want to convert the “P” to a space bar or a key combination, you can do so. The Corsair Utility Engine offers almost unlimited adjustment possibilities.
Entire lighting profiles can also be set in the software. From preset lighting effects such as a colour gradient to completely individually created solutions for any game, the software can be used to realise any lighting wish.
Especially cool: The Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2 can now also store three profiles in its internal memory, so the keyboard can be connected to other PCs and used with the same settings without having to reset everything.