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Corsair STRAFE RGB vs. Razer BlackWidow Chroma

Corsair STRAFE RGB vs. Razer BlackWidow Chroma

Can’t decide between the Corsair STRAFE RGB and the infamous Razer BlackWidow Chroma for your gaming rig? In an effort to do battle with the Razer Blackwidow Chroma, the Corsair RGB keyboard offers a lot of great features. In the classic battle between Corsair and Razer – two gaming PC peripheral companies – we’ll do an in-depth comparison and review of the famed Corsair STRAFE RGB vs. Razer’s BlackWidow Chroma.

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 (on average). 

KeyboardBacklightingSwitchesRolloverMacro keysExtras
Corsair STRAFE RGBRGBCherry, variousNKRONoWrist rest
Razer Blackwidow ChromaRGBRazer, various10KRO5Audio jack


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Corsair STRAFE RGB          Razer BlackWidow Chroma

 

Comparing the BlackWidow by Razer and the STRAFE RGB by Corsair will be difficult as competition is fierce and both keyboards boast awesome tech.

 

Switches

The Corsair 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.

cherry mx silent

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.

 

RGB Backlighting

As with other Corsair RGB mechanical keyboards we have seen, the STRAFE offers per key RGB backlighting for ultimate customization with their CUE lighting software.

Razer uses their Razer Synapse software to deliver a similar backlit 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 effects of the Corsair STRAFE are better, but not by much. Both the Corsair RGB and Razer BlackWidow are easy to setup and use.

 

Wiring

The Corsair RGB 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 Corsair RGB has 100% anti-ghosting technology with full 104 key rollovers, whereas the Razer BlackWidow Chroma only has 10-key rollover. Depending on your gaming setup and what you’re doing with the keyboard, this might not be a big deal.

 

Extras

The Corsair STRAFE RGB comes with a detachable wrist rest, something we didn’t see on the base model. It also comes with a MOBA and FPS keyset, giving you specialized textured and contoured keys that are most used during gaming. The Corsair RGB also comes with a 2-year warranty.

The Razer BlackWidow Chroma has a 1-year warranty but doesn’t come with any extras. The difference in price/features is due to the fact that Razer is more of a brand name in the gaming community and is considered a little more premium than Corsair. Razer is known for their excellent quality and build. The BalckWidow Chroma is no different.

 

BlackWidow Chroma or STRAFE RGB? Our Verdict

We find the Corsair STRAFE to be the better value of the two keyboards. The Corsair RGB uses better switches and overall looks better to us. That being said, both the Corsair RGB and the Razer BlackWidow have minor feature differences that could be a make or break deal.

If you prefer the aesthetics or branding of Razer’s BlackWidow Chroma or find the mic and audio pass-through ports to be game-changers, then you may want to go with the Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard.

For a $20 dollar difference, your choice between the Razer BlackWidow Chroma or the Corsair RGB should be either about aesthetics or functionality. Either way, we’ve covered both in this review and hope you buy one for your PC gaming or everyday rig!

Check out our article here for a more in-depth review of the Corsair STRAFE RGB or the Razer BlackWidow Chroma here. If you don’t like either, we can help! Find other options by reading our list of the best mechanical keyboards. We also have articles that cover Corsair’s entire keyboard line. One thing not in this review is the Corsair K70 RGB, which is also a solid gaming keyboard that we cover here.

 

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