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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard
Manufacturer: Mad Catz Interactive
Product Name: S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard
UPC: 728658031060 EAN: 0728658031060
Price As Tested: $299.99 (Amazon / Newegg)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.
Mad Catz has always taken wild swings at design and innovation. Their latest introduction, the Mad Catz STRIKE 7 gaming keyboard, is among the most luxurious and expensive keyboards on the market. With 7 detachable and modular pieces, 1 TFT-LCD touch screen, 12 programmable macro keys, 12 touch screen macros, and 3 instant toggle profiles, the raw capability of this keyboard can put any keyboard to shame. Benchmark Reviews will take apart the STRIKE 7 and see if it really is the king of the crop.
Aside from its futuristic look and eye popping touch screen, the first thing you'll probably notice is the $299.99 price tag. That's a steep premium to pay as some of the best mechanical keyboards are only around $150. The Razer DeathStalker, a comparable keyboard with a touchscreen that runs apps, costs $250. We will discuss the comparisons in more detail in later sections.
The STRIKE 7 is not a mechanical keyboard, one of the most popular demands today from gamers. However Mad Catz has developed a membrane that mimics the feeling of a mechanical keyboard without the excessive noise. The feel most closely resembles cherry brown switches for its light tactile feel when the key press is activated. It is comfortable for typing as well as gaming. The main excitement for this keyboard is the modular touchscreen that features 12 out of box apps, which alone comprises about 50% of this keyboard's cost. Benchmark Reviews is eager to try out this piece of hardware.
STRIKE 7 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. 7 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 V.E.N.O.M. TFT-LCD touch screen
Easily navigate the keyboard's many functions with the Control Module's intuitive V.E.N.O.M. touch screen. Program advanced macros, adjust backlighting, and take in-game control of external functions - - balance game and chat volumes, launch apps and websites, even initiate and control TeamSpeak - - all with a few simple finger taps.
- Main Keyboard
Thanks to a much smaller footprint than run-of-the-mill keyboards, the main keyboard gives your mouse plenty of extra space for large, sweeping movements. Replacement, interchangeable WASD and cursor keys adapt to your gaming style by giving you the choice of standard, contoured or rubber-edged versions. Full RGB backlighting - - with 16 million color variants - - matches the keyboard to your gaming rig and the keys' laser-etched, lacquered light guides are ideal for gaming in dim environments.
- Function Strip
Adding four programmable macro buttons to the mix, the removable Function Strip brings the total to 24. Including the V.E.N.O.M. touch screen, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard incorporates 24 programmable macro buttons over three modes to create 72 user-definable commands.
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.
Integrated TeamSpeak Functionality with Visual Identifier
The team at Mad Catz collaborated with TeamSpeak's development team to integrate their state-of-the-art chat technology into the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard. Once you have the TeamSpeak application running on the keyboard's V.E.N.O.M. touch screen, select specific game rooms to check who is online and who is actively talking. You can even control the chat volume from within the game you are playing, removing the need to pause and switch programs.
STRIKE 7 Specifications
- Main Keyboard Module
- Control Module TFT-LCD with 2 High-Speed USB Ports
- Macro Key (Function Strip) Module
- Number Pad Module
- 3 Palm/Wrist Rests
- Additional Key Caps with Removal Tool
- Adjustment Tool
- 3 Keyboard Link Cables
- AC Adapter
- 6 Connector Screws
- Internet Connection Required for Driver Download
||2x USB 2.0 ports