Corsair snags timed exclusive on Cherry MX Silent switches
August 5, 2015 // 11:38 a.m.
Corsair's peripheral arm has announced a new gaming keyboard, the Strafe RGB Silent, which is the first to use Cherry's latest MX RGB Silent switches.
Developed by Cherry as an alternative to its usual MX switch types, the Cherry MX Silent switches are - as the name suggests - far quieter than their predecessors, featuring a revised design which boasts integrated two-component tappets designed to reduce the regular click sound at both the top and bottom ends. As you might expect, the MX Silent family is designed for the company's linear products, rather than the clicky-tactile variants, and as a result are to be manufactured in 45g Red and 60g Black flavours and with standard or RGB bodies.
Where things get interesting is that Cherry has signed a deal with Corsair which will see the new switches be available exclusively in the company's gaming keyboards for the first six months, after which other manufacturers are going to be allowed to play. Corsair is to use these switches in the Strafe RGB Silent, a full-size gaming keyboard featuring customisable lighting and what the company claims is a 'noise-suppressing architecture of the keyboard chassis' to further reduce noise levels. For those who don't care about noise, a non-Silent Strafe RGB will also be available, featuring standard Cherry MX RGB Red or MX RGB Brown switches.
Corsair also announced a new MMO-centric gaming mouse, the Scimitar RGB, boasting 12 mechanical side buttons, 12,000 DPI optical sensor and 8mm of adjustment, and Void audio products including wireless, wired analogue, and wired USB gaming headsets.
The Strafe RGB Silent and standard keyboards are due to launch in October, priced at $159.99 for the Silent and $149.99 for the standard editions; UK pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed. The Void range launches in late August, priced at $79.99 to $149.99; the Scimitar RGB launches in September at $79.99.