By James Cao
STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard — CHERRY® MX Blue (ES)
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REAL MECH OR NOTHING
INTRODUCING THE STRAFE MECHANICAL KEYBOARD
ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE
After 20 years of pushing the limits of innovation, Corsair Gaming takes the power of Cherry MX German engineering one step further.
Cherry MX Switches
Fast, precise, durable Cherry® MX
Per Key Backlit
Backlighting for outrageous customization
Reassign and create any key combo
Easily connect most devices via USB
Comfort and Control
Textured and contoured keycaps
100% anti-ghosting for however fast you play
Easy Access Media
Adjust your media volume on the fly
Cherry MX Blue Key Switches
Used by the pros and built in Germany. Cherry MX gaming keys feature the worlds leading mechanical key switch technology. Gold-Crosspoint contacts, Gold-plated contact closure, and pressure resistant metal alloy springs, give every gamer the competitive advantage.
Cherry MX Blue switches are a great choice if you want comfort and speed. You get 60g of feedback with a light click, so you get both aural and tactile response. If you want maximum feedback on when you’re hitting the actuation point, Blues are for you.
Brilliant RED backlighting enhances the experience with virtually unlimited lighting adjustability. Choose from six unique presets or craft your own.
Intelligent Control. Unlimited Possibilities.
CORSAIR iCUE software enables vivid dynamic lighting control, sophisticated macro programming and full-system lighting synchronization across compatible CORSAIR peripherals, coolers, fans and more.
Positioned for uninterrupted game play, the built in USB pass-through provides easy connection for your mouse, USB drive, or wireless headset adapter.
COMFORT AND CONTROL
Textured and contoured keycaps allow for maximum grip and enhanced feel. Personalize your experience by selecting between FPS and MOBA kits.
GAMING GRADE CIRCUITRY
100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover on USB ensure no matter how fast your play, all your keys register.
AUDIO ON THE FLY
Enhanced easy-access multimedia keys efficiently allow for on the fly audio changes while gaming. And when you’re not gaming, you can effortlessly play, pause, and skip audio tracks.
Is it possible to share Profiles/Actions/Lighting with other users?
Yes, simply export your profile and send the .PRF file to the other user. You can also import/export ACTIONS with a .ACT file and import/export LIGHTING with a .LGHT file in the situation that you don’t want to share your complete profile. Here is our community forum to download and share profiles:
Is it possible to use the keyboard without any software installation?
Yes. This means you will not be able to customize any lighting effects or assign any type of action to the keys. The firmware will also need to be updated on the keyboard as well.
Is it possible to use the new Corsair Utility Engine software with older Corsair Keyboards like the K90/K95 and regular M60/M65/M95?
Unfortunately, due to the firmware and hardware differences with the new RGB peripherals, the new Corsair Utility Engine is not compatible with the older products that use the Vengeance Gaming software.
I notice some of my colors on the keyboard are lighter/darker than they appear in comparison to other keys. Why is that happening?
The keyboard with its multiple layers of lighting is capable of applying one lighting layer over another. If you see some keys that are darker or lighter than others, ensure that you did not configure two colors over the same keys through different groups.
How do I update the firmware?
First, you must install the CUE software. Then bring it up and go to SETTINGS and click on the DEVICE tab.
Click Update Firmware and then click the link in the pop-up window:
Save the .zip somewhere on your PC for easy access and then click open.
Proceed to click Update and let the software proceed with the firmware update. You will notice the keyboard power down and power up as it reboots internally. If the keyboard is not detected after the firmware update, we recommend restarting the PC and bringing the software back up.
How many keys are programmable with your Corsair Utility Engine software?
Every key on the keyboard except the volume scroll wheel is assignable with an action of your choosing. Each and every individual key can also be customized to be any color you like (up to 16.8 million options) in addition to an action being assigned.
I created a new profile but my changes are not applied to the keyboard. How do I apply it?
After you select your new profile, click on the box next to the pulldown menu and select “Set as Default Profile.”
What is the difference between Foreground Lighting and Background Lighting?
Background Lighting refers to the keyboard’s LED colors at a static state (when nothing is happening to the keyboard or if the keyboard is idle). This lighting is what you are accustomed to when purchasing a normal LED backlit keyboard as the LED simply stays on with no animation or pattern being played.
Foreground Lighting refers to the animation you have configured that plays on top of the Background Lighting. This is the lighting pattern you configured as SOLID, GRADIENT, RIPPLE, or WAVE that will either play automatically upon key press, an action, or from mode being selected.
The Vengeance K70 RGB is designed to offer multiple layers of lighting so users like yourself can configure complex lighting sequences that work together with Background, Foreground, and Type Lighting configurations. You can have all four (4) animations of SOLID, GRADIENT, RIPPLE, and WAVE exist on top of one another to create complex and unique patterns. The only limit is your imagination.
What is Type Lighting (aka Reactive Typing) and how do I set that up?
Type Lighting is also known as Reactive Typing on the Vengeance K70 non-RGB. This is a type of lighting that will actuate based on an individual key press. Unlike the original Vengeance K70, our software now has two different types of Type Lighting:
- Single Lighting – Configure a single key to display a gradient of color(s) upon key press.
- Multiple Lighting – Configure a single key to create a ripple of color(s) across multiple keys upon key press.
Type Lighting will work with both Foreground and Background Lighting simultaneously upon key press.
Where can I download the complete manual as a PDF for the Corsair Utility Engine Software?
You can download the full manual as a PDF here.
What is the difference between a Profile and a Mode?
A profile represents the overall preferences you have created for your keyboard for both macros and lighting. A profile is also what is saved to the keyboard that contains a list of your modes, actions, and lighting you assigned to your key(s). One of the most important features of your profile is the ability to assign it to a specific program (by the .exe file). This means that if you create different profiles that contain separate actions and lighting setups for different programs, your profile will change automatically based on the application detected on the foreground.
A mode is different lighting and action setups within the same profile. This allows you to keep a single profile for a certain application, but allow you to create different setups depending on the mode you configured without having to change the profile. For example, if your profile was designed for the game Battlefield 4, you can have different modes configured for different classes in the game (Soldier, Medic, Sniper, etc.) under the same BF4 profile. Our software will allow you to change to different modes with a button assignment without having the need to change the profile (which ideally should be linked to an application).
To assign a button on the K70 to switch profiles or modes, simply go to PROFILES -> ASSIGNMENTS and right click any of the keys to configure Profile or Mode Select.
There are two USB plugs for my keyboard. Which one should I connect?
For USB 3.0:
Use one connector (the one with the keyboard icon) when connecting via USB 3.0
Connecting via USB 2.0
Use both connectors when using USB 2.0. Plug in the connector with the two arrows icon first, and the connector with the keyboard icon second.
What do numbers means on the BIOS Switch?
The BIOS switch both adjusts the polling rate and allows you to turn off advanced keyboard features for compatibility with certain legacy motherboards. Settings of 1, 2, 4, and 8 are millisecond polling rates (1ms = 1000hz). Switching to BIOS reduces the polling rate and turns off other features for maximum compatibility. By default we ship at 1ms (1000Hz) and most gamers will prefer to just use the setting.
What is 104-Key Rollover?
Rollover refers to the number of simultaneous key presses that will register to the system. If a keyboard has 6-Key Rollover, that means the maximum of keys that can be pressed together and display properly is six (6).
Our Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB can detect up to 104-keys which means that if you simultaneously pressed every standard key on our keyboard. All 104 keys will be registered correctly. This is important in games where improper detection of keystrokes can make the difference between victory and defeat.
Where can I download the Corsair Utility Engine Software and Firmware for the keyboard?
You will find download links for the software in multiple locations on our webpage but the most reliable location is: corsair.com/downloads and selecting “Gaming Keyboards” from the droplist.)
There is no separate file for the firmware update as you will update any applicable firmware for your keyboard through the Software under Settings -> Update.
Why does my scroll lock button flash when I enable BIOS mode?
The scroll lock, caps lock, and num lock will all flash to signal you have set the keyboard to BIOS mode. The notification is to remind you that you're in BIOS mode (104 Key Mode, Media Keys, Windows Key, and Software Functions are disabled).
By James Cao