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Corsair outs Strafe RGB Silent keyboard, Katar gaming mouse

by Mark Tyson on 27 October 2015, 12:01

Tags: Cherry, Corsair

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Corsair has launched a trio of products to enhance your gaming input peripheral experience. First of all it has launched the Strafe RGB Silent keyboard, said to be the world's first mechanical keyboard with the new Cherry MX Silent keyswitches. It also launched the "compact and ultra-lightweight," programmable Katar gaming mouse and the MM300 gaming mouse pad in a number of sizes.

Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

HEXUS has reviewed prior members of Corsiar's Strafe keyboard range. Back in August we looked at this entry level mechanical keyboard from Corsair, and it won a HEXUS Approved Award. Overall we found it to be a capable and sturdy entry point into the world of mechanical keyboards but noted the lack of dedicated macro and media keys and the complex software. Now Corsair has updated the Strafe with the headlining Cherry MX Silent keyswitches, a timed exclusive, and made a version with Cherry MX Blue switches available.

As the new aspect of this product is the use of Cherry MX Silent keyswitches, let's look at them more closely. These switches, like the other Cherry switches, are made in Germany and use gold-crosspoint contacts, gold-plated contact closures, and pressure-resistant metal alloy springs in their construction. With the new 'silent' design they are said to be 30 per cent quieter than other non-clicky keyswitches you might use. In designing these linear response switches Cherry has not sacrificed any speed, feel or responsiveness.

In an email to HEXUS Corsair said that the Strafe RGB Silent is available immediately in the UK, priced at an RRP of £139.99. It costs $159.99 in the US.

Corsair Katar Gaming Mouse and MM300 mouse pad

The Corsair Katar design is said to be "simple and deadly". Corsair says that some of the world's best pro-gaming teams have helped in the design of the Katar mouse. Headline features of this gaming rodent include an ultra-responsive 8,000 DPI optical sensor with precise tracking, a compact and lightweight ambidextrous design (85g) and rubber side grips.

The Katar features four programmable buttons which can be configured for simple remaps or complex macros. On the fly DPI tuning is enabled. The suggested retail price for the Corsair Katar is £28.99. It is said to be available immediately.

Accompanying the launch of the mouse is Corsair's new gaming mouse pad, the MM300. This offers gamers a high-endurance surface optimised for high-DPI gaming plus a non-slip rubber base. Reinforced stitched edges are said to prevent peeling, curl or fraying. This mouse pad is 3mm thick and comes in three surface area sizes; small (£9.99) at 256mm x 210mm, medium (£12.99) at 360mm x 300mm, and large (£19.99) at 930mm x 300mm. This new mouse pad range is available immediately, says Corsair.

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I love the idea of a silent keyboard, but that price is a bit high for me!
I just had to register to say I purchased this keyboard last week to replace my Razar Blackwidow Ultimate 2014. The difference in sound levels is amazing, if you don’t bottom out the keys you don’t hear it and for that it is worth it. The Razar was so loud, I didn’t really realise how loud until I plugged in the Corsair. If you are looking at a silent mechanical keyboard I can confirm that you will not be disappointed with this.
Finally a silent keyboard. Now they just need to do the same to mice. That clicking doesn't have to be that loud…
I wish they did the K70 RGB with these new MX Silent keys, as I much prefer it in every other way to the Strafe, but alas I guess then need at least some USP for the keyboard, hopefully in time they may bring it to the K70s though
Hope that mouse is a big one