Mad Catz unveils $300 modular S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 gaming keyboard

By on August 15, 2012, 8:30 AM

Complementing its customizable Cyborg R.A.T. mouse series, Mad Catz has announced a new gaming keyboard with more gimmicks than Billy Mays. The S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 touts a full metal chassis with five interlocking hardware modules -- the main keyboard, a palm rest, a numpad, a "function strip" and a "V.E.N.O.M." touchscreen -- that can be assembled in various configurations (see the video below).

The main keyboard module is said to be more compact than most offerings (as you'd expect without a number pad), but this surely isn't the case with all the separate components attached. Although it uses a membrane design, Mad Catz says it engineered the device to mimic the feel of a mechanical keyboard. It also offers interchangeable rubber-edged WASD and arrow keys as well as full RBG backlighting.

 

The three-piece height-adjustable palm rest is designed to maximize comfort, but it also has a scroll wheel and an action button to keep your thumb busy. In addition to the obvious, the numpad module contains arrow keys and everything that's typically above them as well as five macro buttons around the up arrow. Meanwhile, the opposite side of the board has a function strip with four more macro buttons.

When you factor in the touchscreen, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 has 24 programmable keys (72 if you make use of separate modes). The touchscreen is used for customizations like tweaking the backlighting and  configuring macros, but Mad Catz has worked with TeamSpeak to integrated their chat application. It also serves as an app launcher (side note: the Half-Life 3 logo appears at 25 seconds into the above clip).

We're probably missing some features, such as the USB ports on the back of the touchscreen, so check out the product page for more details. If the R.A.T. series is any indication, you'll either love or hate the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7's aesthetics, but there's no denying it's unique. Regardless of how you feel, we imagine it won't be easy to justify the device's $300 asking price. Units are shipping now in the US and abroad.




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Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

As bad as the Company is to deal with, the Steel Series Merch Stealth for ~ $55 is still the best FPS/MMO keyboard I've found.

Guest said:

oooohhhh... aaaaaahhhh... (drooling fascinated)

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

$300 for a membrane keyboard? Surely they could have used mechanical keys for that price.

Guest said:

This reminds me of the Logitech G19 keyboard that a buddy purchased about a year ago for over $175. Let's just say that in a room with a bunch of low-key mechanical keyboards he looks ridiculous. He also hates it for the price and the membrane keys and I don't blame him, no one can type on the thing. I don't understand this particular keyboard segment...

Renrew Renrew said:

@ Ranger1st

"As bad as the Company is to deal with, the Steel Series Merch Stealth for ~ $55 is still the best FPS/MMO keyboard I've found"

The least expensive model runs $89.99 on Amazon, u must have gotten an exceptional deal.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

I love my black window ultimate. I've tried a bunch of keyboards but non have surpassed this thing.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

I love my black window ultimate. I've tried a bunch of keyboards but non have surpassed this thing.

You mean the Razer BlackWidow? Yea, it rules, 'cause I own it too! All hail Cult Razer!

1 person liked this | LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

You mean the Razer BlackWidow? Yea, it rules, 'cause I own it too! All hail Cult Razer!

Yeah I've even spilled a whole glass of coke on it and it still works like new. I had to take it apart of course but I thought for sure it would short out.

GeforcerFX GeforcerFX said:

I still love my cyborg v7 keyboard, has the lights and style I love and has great durability, best $100 I have spent outside of the PC case. my g510 though on the other hand, not so much...

Guest said:

Have the g19 its ok just ordered the strike and I cant wait who cared it has a oled screen haha like my vita that never use meh its just money oh and I had the razor blackwidow ultimate ..WTF is up with the clicking drove me nuts too it back after 2 days

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