|Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 OLED Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Wednesday, 14 November 2012|
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Gaming Keyboard Final Thoughts
After the introduction of the STRIKE 5, the US market now has three keyboards with a display (STRIKE 7 and Razer DeathStalker). Below is a list of the Razer Deathstalker touchscreen features:
The Razer's keyboard doesn't even attempt to mimic a mechanical keyboard, so while its got style, it lacks actual gaming capabilities. However the touchscreen is definitely ahead than what Mad Catz has introduced so far. The STRIKE 5 sells for $199, the DeathStalker is at $250, and the STRIKE 7 is $299. Essentially the entire price range is covered.
Between the STRIKE 7 and the STRIKE 5, the $100 difference makes it really hard to justify the STRIKE 7 purchase. The VENOM touchscreen is a great feature but for what it accomplishes, the EYE OLED Panel accomplishes most of it, some maybe less elegantly, at a $100 discount. What I'm expecting now is the introduction of STRIKE 3 (potentially) in a month of two that comes with just the keyboard and small media/macro unit without a fancy display. Hopefully that will come at $150 or less. This would give folks who mainly care about the modularity and design of the keyboard to buy it at a reasonable price without the fancy screens. This would put Mad Catz in a good position to capture all of the high end market with the STRIKE series.