Corsair STRAFE RGB vs. Razer BlackWidow Chroma
Right on the heels of releasing the Corsair STRAFE keyboard available with blue or red backlighting, Corsair now announces an RGB version of the mechanical keyboard. In an effort to do battle with the Razer Blackwidow Chroma, this keyboard offers a lot of great features. The STRAFE RGB launched in October of 2015, just in time for the holiday season.
Below is a breakdown of the most important features and differences between the STRAFE RGB and BlackWidow Chroma. It should also be noted that the MSRP for the STRAFE is $20 less than the BlackWidow currently.
|Corsair STRAFE RGB||RGB||Cherry, various||NKRO||No||Wrist rest|
|Razer Blackwidow Chroma||RGB||Razer, various||10KRO||5||Audio jack|
Let’s compare the two mechanical keyboards to see how they differ.
The STRAFE RGB comes in 3 different Cherry MX switch options – Red, Brown, and a new switch called “Silent”. The STRAFE is the first keyboard to use to new Silent switches, which are designed with internal sound dampening. Corsair claims these switches to be “Exclusive” right now, but it’s not clear if that’s a long-term deal they have with Cherry, or if they’re just the first company to use them right now.
Razer, on the other hand, used its own branded switches made by Kailh, a Chinese company. The made a clicky Green switch and a silent Orange switch. The Greens are similar to Cherry MX Blue, and the Orange are comparable to Cherry MX Brown. These Razer switches have a shorter actuation distance, but you likely won’t be able to tell a difference.
As with other Corsair RGB mechanical keyboards we have seen, the STRAFE offers per key backlighting for ultimate customization with their CUE lighting software.
Razer uses their Razer Synapse software to deliver a similar RGB lighting experience. I think the two end up being very similar in quality of light produced. The STRAFE switches are raised from the backplate, allowing light to spill out from the side, whereas the BlackWidow has a more traditional sunken design.
I’d say the built-in lighting affects of the Corsair STRAFE are better, but not by much. Both software are easy to use.
The STRAFE has a USB pass-through port built into the keyboard, as does the Razer BlackWidow. The BlackWidow also has audio and mic pass-throughs which is nice.
The STRAFE RGB has 100% anti-ghosting technology with full 104 key rollover, whereas the Razer BlackWidow Chroma only has 10-key rollover.
The Corsair STRAFE RGB comes with a detachable wrist rest, something we didn’t see on the base STRAFE model. It also comes with a MOBA and FPS keyset, giving you specialized textured and contoured keys that are most used during gaming. This keyboard also comes with a 2 year warranty.
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma has a 1 year warranty, but doesn’t come with any extras.
We find the Corsair STRAFE to be the better value of the two keyboards. The STRAFE uses better switches and overall looks better to us.
If you prefer the visual of the BlackWidow or find the mic and audio pass-through ports to be game-changers, then you may want to go with the Razer keyboard.