Leading with the high-end gaming “crack”, Mad Catz launched their ultimate input weapon, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 modular keyboard with companion V.E.N.O.M. touch screen. We reviewed the $300 gigantor and found it to be mostly quite pleasing, despite its vertigo-inducing price tag.
Mad Catz is back with a lower-end more consumer friendly version in the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 modular gaming keyboard. It dumps the feature-rich V.E.N.O.M. touch screen. But just because the mad cats like their acronyms, this one comes with the E.Y.E. OLED. The S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 retains the same customization options that the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 enjoys. You can move the Numpad to the left or right side of the keyboard proper or simply remove it altogether for a more concise footprint or comfortable on-lap use. You can also remove the E.Y.E. OLED and the included 4-button macro module.
The S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 stands tall. Sure it has fewer features and is less fondle-friendly without that touch screen. But performance and comfort have not been compromised. One of my favorite features from S.T.R.I.K.E. 7. is the adjustbale writ rest and it’s included programmable button and scroll wheel/rudder. It opens the gate to a number new ways to game and makes a welcomed encore on the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5.
Here’s what Mad Catz has to say,
The S.T.R.I.K.E.5 features a modular design allowing gamers to rearrange the configuration of the keyboard modules to better suit their preferred method of play. Alongside dedicated buttons for macro commands and media controls, the unique E.Y.E.™ OLED Command Module functions as the brains of the keyboard, allowing gamers to adjust multiple aspects of their gaming environment including speaker/microphone volume, backlighting brightness, multiple Respawn Timers and a game, website and application launcher.
Additional information and purchase options are available at: www.madcatz.com/strike5
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.