Corsair isn't new to the gaming peripheral market, but they have decided to re-brand their Vengeance line of peripherals into the new Corsair Gaming division. Along with that re-brand is the announcement of the STRAFE, a new backlit mechanical gaming keyboard.
The STRAFE actually represents a step back from the much more high end keyboards in Corsair's lineup, though I wouldn't be implying that it's a lesser unit. The STRAFE still sports the de facto standard Cherry MX switches found on all Corsair boards, in your choice of either Cherry MX Red or Cherry MX Brown switches. The keyboard is also fully customizable using the CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software, which can tweak lighting effects and program macros for every key.
The STRAFE simply eschews RGB back-lighting in favour of red, and only red. This manages to drop the price for the Corsair STRAFE to $109.99 USD, which while still a decent chunk of change is a good price for a customizable mechanical keyboard from a known manufacturer.
The keyboard will be available in June from your favourite seller of Corsair products. For more info you can check out the press release below.
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Corsair Brings Industry-Leading Backlighting to New STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Corsair Gaming's red-backlit STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard brings dynamic backlighting and Cherry MX key switches to gamers for $109.99
COMPUTEX 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan - June 1, 2015 - Corsair Gaming, a division of PC gaming hardware leader Corsair®, today announced the addition of the STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard to Corsair's award-winning line of PC gaming accessories. By bringing the unmatched lighting customization and Cherry MX switches found in Corsair's RGB keyboards to STRAFE, Corsair has created the most advanced mono-backlit mechanical gaming keyboard available. Sporting a sleek new industrial design, STRAFE will be widely available in late June at an MSRP of $109.99.
The STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard's brilliant red backlighting can be customized to a virtually unlimited number of lighting configurations and effects. Each key can be programmed with automated macros using CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software. Users can choose from six unique lighting effects or craft their own custom profiles and share them on www.corsairgaming.com.
“As a former pro gamer, I know firsthand that performance and customization matters. STRAFE, like all Corsair mechanical keyboards, features the world-leading Cherry MX gaming keys to deliver the ultimate performance and confidence when in battle,” said Jason Christian, product manager at Corsair. “Combined with the virtually unlimited advanced lighting and macro customization of our CUE software, STRAFE is the definitive choice for gamers dedicated to improving their game.”
- German-made Cherry MX red switches with gold contacts for fast, precise key presses
- Fully programmable brilliant red LED backlighting for unrivaled personalization
- USB pass-through port for easy connections
- Textured and contoured FPS/MOBA keycaps
- 100% anti-ghosting technology with 104-key rollover
- Enhanced, easy-access multimedia controls
- $109.99 MSRP
Visit Corsair at Computex 2015 in Taiwan
Corsair will be showcasing STRAFE at Computex 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan from June 2-5, 2015. The product will be shown by appointment only in Corsair's press suite at the Grand Hyatt.
Pricing, Availability, and Warranty
STRAFE has a suggested retail price of $109.99 in the US and will be available in June from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. It is backed with a limited 2-year warranty and Corsair customer service and technical support.
To learn more about STRAFE, please visit www.corsair.com/strafe.
About Corsair Gaming
Over Corsair's twenty-year history in the PC business, the company has pushed for innovation even when others said it couldn't be done, gaining the trust of gamers building their dream PCs. Corsair Gaming now brings Corsair's legacy of technical prowess and high performance to PC gaming peripherals. Forged from a commitment between engineers and gamers, Corsair Gaming is driven by a philosophy of uncompromising performance, style, and comfort.
Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company's award-winning products include gaming peripherals, memory upgrades, power supply units, PC cooling products, computer cases, solid-state drives, USB flash drives, PC speakers, and system monitoring and control devices.
Copyright © 2015 Corsair Components, Inc. All rights reserved. Corsair and the sails logo are registered trademarks of Corsair in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.