Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Corsair Evolves Gaming Arsenal with New RGB Keyboards, Mice, and Headsets

Last year, Corsair captured the imagination of gamers with innovative RGB multicolor lighting that transformed PC gaming keyboards and mice. Today at Gamescom, Corsair raises the bar higher with new RGB gaming peripherals: the STRAFE RGB mechanical keyboards, Scimitar RGB MMO/MOBA mouse, and flagship VOID gaming headsets. Corsair is also unveiling the ultra-quiet STRAFE RGB Silent, the world's first keyboard with Cherry MX RGB Silent gaming switches. To complement the launch of these new products, an enhanced version of the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software is available, enabling cascading rainbows, dynamic ripples, and other multicolor lighting effects to operate in tandem across all Corsair RGB keyboards, mice, and headsets.

Today Corsair unleashes two new mechanical gaming keyboard models with RGB lighting: STRAFE RGB and STRAFE RGB Silent. The STRAFE RGB Silent gaming keyboard is the world's first with Cherry MX Silent switches which deliver the speed and precision of linear mechanical switches with significantly quieter actuation. The new switches combined with the noise-suppressing architecture of the keyboard chassis, make the pro-level STRAFE RGB Silent 30% quieter than other mechanical gaming keyboards. The STRAFE RGB keyboard comes in versions with Cherry MX Red or Brown switches.
The STRAFE RGB Silent and STRAFE RGB offer customizable multicolor backlighting of up to 16.8 million colors with a virtually unlimited number of lighting configurations and effects. In addition, each key on the new keyboard can also be programmed with automated macros using CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software.

VOID Wireless, USB, and Analog Gaming Headsets
Available in wireless, USB, or analog stereo models, the VOID gaming headset earcups are shaped to fit the human ear, providing the utmost comfort while delivering spectacular audio fidelity. The USB and wireless models incorporate innovative features like InfoMic status LEDs and a CUE Control dial, enabling users to control their gaming soundscape without hitting pause. These models also feature customizable RGB lighting, EQ, and Dolby 7.1 surround, allowing for a fully personalized audio experience. For those seeking a universal stereo solution, the VOID Stereo analog headsets feature a mobile-compatible connector and included Y-adaptor cable for compatibility with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, mobile devices, and all PC and Mac computers.

SCIMITAR RGB - World's Most Advanced MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
Rounding out the lineup, the SCIMITAR RGB gaming mouse improves the MMO/MOBA experience with its exclusive patent pending Key Slider control system. The innovative system provides 8mm of adjustment, putting every button within reach of most gamers' thumbs regardless of hand size for improved comfort and accuracy. The 12 mechanical side buttons were designed with pro player specification in mind, delivering ultra-consistent, tactile feedback and actuation. The pro-proven 12,000 DPI high performance optical sensor provides pixel-precise gaming performance. The SCIMITAR RGB also utilizes Corsair's one-of-a-kind CUE software, enabling gamers to customize mouse sensitivity, buttons functions, and lighting, as well as program advanced capabilities such as custom timer countdowns, double macros, and much more.

Powered by CUE, United by CUE Link
Corsair's fans spoke, and we listened: Corsair's CUE editing software is more powerful and easier-to-use than ever before. The latest CUE version, unleashes new presets that make customizing lighting effects quick and simple, and allows users to synchronize static and animated lighting across all Corsair RGB keyboards, mice, and headsets.

In addition, CUE enables the creation of key macros and timers, mouse sensitivity and button functions, headset EQ and surround settings, and many more features exclusive to the Corsair gaming experience. With CUE, all settings can be saved to profiles that load automatically when a game or other software is used. Beyond customizing lighting profiles, CUE improves the overall gaming experience by providing critical visual feedback, reducing response time, and enhancing audio for a more immersive experience, and a competitive edge.

STRAFE RGB Silent Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • 100% Cherry MX Silent mechanical gaming keys for ultra-quiet gaming with exclusive patented noise reduction technology
  • Multi-color dynamic backlighting for unmatched game customization
  • Fully programmable - assign macros to any key
  • USB pass-through port for easy connections
  • Detachable soft-touch wrist rest for long lasting comfort
  • CUE Link connects your Corsair RGB keyboard, mouse, and headset for the ultimate lighting experience
  • Textured and contoured FPS/MOBA keycap sets
  • 100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover on USB
  • Enhanced easy-access multimedia controls
  • Available in October with pre-orders in August
  • STRAFE RGB Silent: $159.99 MSRP
STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • 100% Cherry MX mechanical gaming key switches with unique gold-crosspoint contacts for reliable, durable precision (available in Cherry MX "Red" or "Brown")
  • Multi-color dynamic backlighting for unmatched game customization
  • Fully programmable - assign macros to any key
  • USB pass-through port for easy connections
  • Detachable soft-touch wrist rest for long lasting comfort
  • Textured and contoured FPS/MOBA keycap sets
  • 100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover on USB
  • Enhanced easy-access multimedia controls
  • CUE Link for harnessing the power of CUE to connect your Corsair RGB keyboard, mouse, and headset to deliver the ultimate lighting experience
  • Available in October with pre-orders in August
  • $149.99 MSRP
VOID Wireless SE and VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headsets
  • VOID Wireless delivers 2.4 GHz of cordless freedom, and up to 40 ft. and 16 hours of uninterrupted gaming
  • Dolby 7.1 multi-channel surround delivers lethally accurate positional audio
  • RGB lighting for individual customization or synchronization with other Corsair RGB devices
  • CUE Control enables rapid on-the-fly audio adjustments
  • InfoMic LEDs relay instant visual status of audio and mic settings
  • Efficient 50mm neodymium drivers deliver staggering bass, scintillating highs, and powerful lows
  • Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads for extended play
  • Unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone makes gamers' voices loud and clear
  • Wireless USB extension dock (VOID Wireless SE only)
  • Available late August 2015
  • Models and MSRPs:
    o VOID Wireless SE (Yellowjacket) - 149.99 MSRP, Best Buy exclusive
    o VOID Wireless (Carbon) - $129.99 MSRP
VOID USB Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headsets
  • Dolby 7.1 multi-channel surround delivers lethally accurate positional audio
  • RGB lighting for individual customization or synchronization with other Corsair RGB devices
  • CUE Control enables rapid on-the-fly audio adjustments
  • InfoMic LEDs relay instant visual status of audio and mic settings
  • Efficient 50mm neodymium drivers deliver staggering bass, scintillating highs, and powerful lows
  • Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads for extended play
  • Unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone makes gamers' voices loud and clear
  • Wireless USB extension dock (VOID Wireless SE only)
  • Available late August 2015
  • $99.99 MSRP
VOID Stereo Analog Gaming Headset
  • Efficient 50mm neodymium drivers deliver staggering bass, scintillating highs, and powerful lows
  • Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads for extended play
  • Unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone makes gamer's voices loud and clear
  • Mobile-compatible connector and included Y-Adaptor cable guarantees compatibility with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, mobile devices, PC and Macs
  • Available late August 2015
  • $79.99 MSRP
SCIMITAR RGB Gaming Mouse
  • Exclusive patent-pending Key Slider macro button control system provides 8mm of adjustment to ensure every button is within reach
  • 12 optimized mechanical buttons offer consistent tactile feedback and precise actuation
  • 12000 DPI pro-proven sensor delivers a pixel-precise gaming experience
  • Customizable multicolor backlighting ensures vast lighting adjustability
  • Complete CUE control allows gamers to full program their mouse Ultra-fast 1ms response makes for a lag-free gaming experience
  • Body crafted to fit the contours of palms of any hand size or grip style for maximum comfort
  • CUE Link connects Corsair RGB keyboard, mouse, and headset to deliver a full spectrum of synchronized colors and effects.
  • 2-year warranty
  • Available September 2015
  • $79.99 MSRP
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10 Comments on Corsair Evolves Gaming Arsenal with New RGB Keyboards, Mice, and Headsets

#2
lZKoce
Back to the decent logo, alright. Looks good to be home ;)
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#3
Hades
I'm having nerdgasms all over the my Corsair STRAFE, I hope I'll have a chance to review all of these products :D
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#4
Unregistered
DAMN!!! Now we're talking! :D

Bug:
*Corsair gaming logo - [FIXED] New corsairy Corsair logo
*CUE software as hard as hell - [FIXED] Very intuitive now
*Yellow coloured only headsets - [FIXED] Now available in black and yellow, with RGB

What's new
*silent MX cherry switches
*MOBA/MMO mouse
*New Corsair logo
*STRAFE keyboard (not sure if it is to replace K70)
*new design
*new headsets with nice aesthetics
#5
MT Alex
Same price as a K70 with no brushed aluminum. :wtf:
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#6
WithoutWeakness
MT Alex
Same price as a K70 with no brushed aluminum. :wtf:
I have a feeling that the K70 non-RGB may be on thin ice.

The K70 RGB will be their high-end mechanical at ~$150-170 with brushed aluminum.
The Strafe RGB will be their mid-range mechanical at ~$100-120 with plastic.
The Raptor RGB series non-mechanical in the ~$70-90 range.
The cheapo Raptor K30 non-mechanical non-RGB at $50.

I doubt they're interested in introducing anything below the $50 mark.

They may keep the non-RGB K70 around if it continues to sell well. I love mine and for $120 I'd much rather have the aluminum backplate over RGB LEDs but if the Strafe RGB takes over their ~$100-120 market they might wind up killing the K70 non-RGB.
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#7
evulmunk33
BitFenix Rep
No more volume barrel? ahhhh thats a shame... 149$ hmmmm
all this RGB stuff is really pushing the prices up...

so this silent switch is what exactly?
why is there so much secrecy about it hahah
has anybody tried it? is there a youtube video somewhere?
looking forward to try it in a shop...

its a linear switch, so what part exactly is quieter, the actuation sound or its quieter when you bottom out?
ive seen people type without bottoming out on a red switch KB and its near silent... the only noise from linear switch KBs is the bottoming out, right?
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#8
WithoutWeakness
evulmunk33
No more volume barrel? ahhhh thats a shame... 149$ hmmmm
all this RGB stuff is really pushing the prices up...

so this silent switch is what exactly?
why is there so much secrecy about it hahah
has anybody tried it? is there a youtube video somewhere?
looking forward to try it in a shop...

its a linear switch, so what part exactly is quieter, the actuation sound or its quieter when you bottom out?
ive seen people type without bottoming out on a red switch KB and its near silent... the only noise from linear switch KBs is the bottoming out, right?
It's an MX Red with some sort of fancy new dampening mechanism to prevent the "clack" from bottoming out the switch. It's apparently built into the switch. Corsair claims that O-rings would have affected the LED lighting negatively and says that this design doesn't have that issue.
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#9
evulmunk33
BitFenix Rep
WithoutWeakness
It's an MX Red with some sort of fancy new dampening mechanism to prevent the "clack" from bottoming out the switch. It's apparently built into the switch. Corsair claims that O-rings would have affected the LED lighting negatively and says that this design doesn't have that issue.
hmmmm o-ring affects the feel of the switch a lot as well, changes travel and all... so this makes sense...
built into the switch huh?
yeah i saw the pic on the corsair product page...
but weird... i cant really imagine how that little extra part would work... but... ok, looking forward to try it!

cherry just did a press release about the switch:
http://www.techpowerup.com/214999/cherry-announces-cherry-mx-silent-keyboard-switches.html

still more questions than answers at this point, hope somebody makes a video of the switch in action soon :D
the weirdest part... apparently cherry plans to use this in blue and green switches as well? 0_o
sooo.... theres less noise from the key bottoming out, but still a lot of noise from the click actuation itself... and with clicky switches less people bottom out, so i dont really see the benefit of this hahah
plus, people who choose clicky switches WANT noise, dont they? haha

still, might be a nice upgrade... cant wait to try these at the electronic market down here!
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
WithoutWeakness
It's an MX Red with some sort of fancy new dampening mechanism to prevent the "clack" from bottoming out the switch. It's apparently built into the switch. Corsair claims that O-rings would have affected the LED lighting negatively and says that this design doesn't have that issue.
I am sure they would but there are clear type o rings too which i use and they don't effect the lighting as i see it but that's on the older MX Cherry.

As seen as they are the only one who can use these new MX Cherry's expect it be more money and less every thing else as i bet it was not cheap.

Like their older Kboards better look much better.


EDIT:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826997065
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