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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Gaming Keyboard
Manufacturer: Mad Catz Interactive
Product Name: S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Gaming Keyboard
UPC: 728658030964 EAN: 728658030964
Price As Tested: $199.99 (Amazon)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.
Mad Catz released their new STRIKE 7 keyboard two months back, representing the high end model of their new cyborg series keyboards. Like the Cyborg RAT 9/7/5/3 mice, the STRIKE 5 is now released. It's more affordable, and just as promising. Equipped with the same keyboard and customization setup, the STRIKE 5 is equipped with the same power with the only difference being the auxiliary panel. Instead of the VENOM touchscreen which came with 12 apps, the STRIKE 5 comes with a simplified OLED EYE display. For those looking for a cheaper alternative to the STRIKE 7, Benchmark Reviews will analyze the STRIKE 5 to see if it holds up.
The STRIKE 5 and STRIKE 7 are nearly identical from a design standpoint, having the same slick look and feel. At $199.99, it's $100 cheaper then its elder brother. The same basic features come for both keyboards. Each come with 7 modular pieces that can be customized as you please, including 2 keyboard pieces, 1 macro add-on, 3 palm rests, and the VENOM/EYE panel.
The STRIKE 5 is not a mechanical keyboard. It uses a membrane which mimics the feeling of a mechanical keyboard without the excessive noise. The tactile response most closely resembles cherry brown switches, which provide a light click feedback good for gaming and working. The STRIKE 5 comes with simplified software capabilities, which is natural given the lack of a touchscreen. It's very interesting to see what Mad Catz can do with such a small OLED display. Benchmark Reviews looks forward to testing this out and see how it compares with the STRIKE 7 and competing keyboards.
STRIKE 5 Features
Fully Modular for Unparalleled Customization
Borrowing modifiable technology from the world's most adjustable mouse - - the award-winning R.A.T. - - the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Gaming Keyboard's unique design provides unprecedented customization options to enhance overall comfort. Armed with total control of your keyboard's fit, size, color, sound, and programming, you can finally play your favorite games exactly as intended: How you like to play them!
5 Separate Hardware Modules
- Control Module with E.Y.E. OLED Display
Easily navigate the keyboard's many functions with the Control Module's intuitive E.Y.E. panel. Program advanced macros, adjust back-lighting, monitor re-spawn timers, control your media, and even take in-game control of external functions - - balance game and microphone volumes, launch apps and websites - - all with a few simple finger taps.
- Keyboard Optimized for Responsiveness
When a fraction of a second is all that divides victory from defeat, you must have absolute confidence in your keyboard. The S.T.R.I.K.E. key bed utilizes a specially engineered membrane which provides the tactile feel and responsiveness expected by gamers. The speedy, double-tap friendly keys respond to an optimized 60g of actuation force and reset at the perfect level, all of which helps reduce muscle fatigue during marathon gaming sessions. The unique design gives you the best keyboard performance without sacrificing back-lighting, durability or responsiveness.
Not all back-lighting is the same. Full 16 million color RGB back-lighting - - both through and around the keys - - matches the keyboard to your gaming rig and the keys' laser-etched, lacquered light guides are ideal for gaming in dim environments.
- More Programmable Macro Buttons
The S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Gaming Keyboard incorporates 21 programmable macro buttons over three modes to create 63 user-definable commands. The keyboard includes nine programmable buttons on the E.Y.E. panel plus four more on the removable Function Strip, three controls on the palm rest, and five additional programmable keys on the NumPad bring the total to 21.
- Modular NumPad
Just like the Control Module, the NumPad is capable of loose or fix-mounted positioning. The custom connection scheme makes it all possible, and the included set of longer wires bolsters your arrangement options.
- 3-Part Active Palm Rest and Two Wrist Rests
A height-adjustable, active palm-rest houses both a thumb wheel and an action button for even more controls at your fingertips. Both wrist rests utilize a rugged 5-pin connector to attach to the main keyboard module and NumPad, effectively enhancing your comfort during stints of extended gaming.
Uncomplicated Macro Programming
An intuitive graphical interface vastly simplifies the formerly tedious task of macro programming. Assign single or multiple keystrokes, complete with custom timings, to macro keys or interface icons and then easily fine-tune your settings. This ability is essential for fast-paced games which require clear but complex multi-key actions.
Each of the keyboard's three different modes can store your programmed macros; you need only switch to a different mode mid-game to triple your available commands. Once programmed, custom profiles can be published to share with your community and saved for later recall, allowing for a seamless transition to another gaming PC.
STRIKE 5 Specifications
||15.1 x 7.5 x 9.3 inches
- Main Keyboard Module
- Control Module with OLED display plus 3.5mm Headset & Microphone Ports
- Macro Key (Function Strip) Module
- Number Pad Module
- 3 Palm/Wrist Rests
- Adjustment Tool
- 3 Keyboard Link Cables
- 6 Connector Screws
||3.5mm audio & microphone jacks