Mad Catz announces $299.99 S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 PC keyboard

We have seen a lot of PC keyboards, but it's safe to say that none of them look quite like what Mad Catz announced this week. The company, which previously released the acclaimed R.A.T. series of PC gaming mice, has just announced a companion keyboard, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7.

The Mad Catz website has more information on the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7, which has a number of separate hardware modules that can detach and be reconfigured in a number of different ways. The keyboard also has 24 programmable buttons, which can be configured in three different modes. You can even switch out the keyboard's arrow and WASD keys.

Perhaps the most striking thing (pun intended) about the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 is the V.E.N.O.M. LED touchscreen. The screen will allow users to perform a number of different tasks, based on the apps available. Users can put in media controls, take notes in a journal while playing, use it for Teamspeak-based gaming chat and lots more.

As you might expect, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 will cost just a bit more than the normal PC keyboard. Mad Catz is selling it for a whopping $299.99, which would purchase a decent video card or a few PC gaming mice. Mad Catz is currently shipping the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 in limited quantities.

Source: Mad Catz

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If this was mechanical I would be all over this. This is just like their Cyborg mouse. Great concept, **** sensor letting the whole thing down.

I have the Cyborg RAT7 gaming mouse and it was well worth the premium price. It is a quality product, comfortable, and highly customizable. That said, I have a Microsoft keyboard that was a third the price of my mouse and, like any other keyboard, I can program the keys within a game's settings to be plenty comfortable. I have also found the feel of many gaming keyboards to be awkward or loud when typing. Occasionally I play a game where a few more buttons would be nice, but never enough to justify $300. I'm sure it is cool and all, but nobody needs this.

While that is a touch much for a keyboard I must say I have a lot of Madcatz products and have never had a problem with any of them keyboards flight sticks mice headphones all have been great products.

ahhell said,
Come on...it's from Mad Catz. It'll probably last a week before it craps out.

Got a RAT5 mouse, almost a year with it

Buttus said,

for $300 i want it to type for me!

$300 isn't outrageous for a good quality keyboard. Something well made will last decades. When you consider that the majority of your interaction with a computer depends on a keyboard+mouse you can justify spending more on those devices. For a programmer or writer it just makes good sense to buy something good.

Gaming keyboards selling for $200 isn't unusual (See: logitech G19) and keyboards targeted at enthusiasts can be found for about $450 Happy Hacking 2 Type S).

The website is a bit light on details, but I don't understand what the value proposition for this particular keyboard is. A removable number-pad is nice and all, but at those prices you could buy a good keyboard (KBC poker: $100), a good programmable game pad (Logitec G13: $80) a 21" LCD display to show you "game status and stuff" and still have money left over for beer and pizza.

Maybe I'm just not part of the 'elite gamer' target market. I certainly don't think I'm good enough that a keyboard would let me "destroy the competition".

evn. said,

$300 isn't outrageous for a good quality keyboard. Something well made will last decades. When you consider that the majority of your interaction with a computer depends on a keyboard+mouse you can justify spending more on those devices. For a programmer or writer it just makes good sense to buy something good.

Gaming keyboards selling for $200 isn't unusual (See: logitech G19) and keyboards targeted at enthusiasts can be found for about $450 Happy Hacking 2 Type S).


Except that anything beyond $100 is expected to have an incredibly good build quality and extra features (logitech) and or be mechanical (most other brands)
Knowing Madcatz this is neither. It's a $30 rubberdome keyboard with a tablet and some adjustable pads stuck to it.

$300 and it's not mechanical? Seems like that should be the first feature that you'd list for a $300 gaming keyboard.

trag3dy said,
$300 and it's not mechanical? Seems like that should be the first feature that you'd list for a $300 gaming keyboard.

Indeed. EPIC FAIL! I Love y Mechanical keyboard and that was only $130

trag3dy said,
$300 and it's not mechanical? Seems like that should be the first feature that you'd list for a $300 gaming keyboard.

Pretty much. Insanity. Not to mention Mad Catz stuff isn't regarded for its quality...

trag3dy said,
$300 and it's not mechanical? Seems like that should be the first feature that you'd list for a $300 gaming keyboard.
Not even that, it's freaking Madcatz...I remember I bought their controllers, and they all crapped out on me. Never again will I buy another Madcatz product.

trag3dy said,
$300 and it's not mechanical? Seems like that should be the first feature that you'd list for a $300 gaming keyboard.

Not even USB 3.0 slots either

trag3dy said,
$300 and it's not mechanical? Seems like that should be the first feature that you'd list for a $300 gaming keyboard.

Here's a keyboard that is mechanical, and is well under $300:

Azio Levetron Mech5 (http://www.aziocorp.com/produc...ards/wiredkbmain/kb577u.htm)

Beyond Godlike said,

Not even USB 3.0 slots either

The keyboard above doesn't currently have USB3, but I'd expect it when they refresh the keyboard, or come out with a new model.

trag3dy said,
$300 and it's not mechanical? Seems like that should be the first feature that you'd list for a $300 gaming keyboard.

I'd rather have a nice quiet quality logitech keyboard than the perceived advantage of a clicky mechanical one. but hey if it makes you happy along with a annoyingly wired mouse, go ahead.

I still wouldn't pay anything for anything made by MadCatz though. much less 300

HawkMan said,

I'd rather have a nice quiet quality logitech keyboard than the perceived advantage of a clicky mechanical one. but hey if it makes you happy along with a annoyingly wired mouse, go ahead.

I still wouldn't pay anything for anything made by MadCatz though. much less 300

Yea I don't buy into this current mechanical bs fad.

'Current'? Mechanical keyboards have been out for a very long time, they were around in the 1980s, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were around before that time!

The Laughing Man said,
Yea I don't buy into this current mechanical bs fad.

A fad? Such an ignorant comment. If you're worried about noise, you can get different types of mechanical switches. Blues are the most 'clicky', I believe - I'm currently using Reds, but I wouldn't mind trying Browns some time. I do however miss my old Blues.

Goldfire86 said,

A fad? Such an ignorant comment. If you're worried about noise, you can get different types of mechanical switches. Blues are the most 'clicky', I believe - I'm currently using Reds, but I wouldn't mind trying Browns some time. I do however miss my old Blues.

How is that ignorant, I ask buyers all the time why they purchase them but still cannot ive me any sort of reasonable answer as to why, Even a few friends who have bought them cant give me a straight answer as to why they bought them. Enlighten me.

The Laughing Man said,

How is that ignorant, I ask buyers all the time why they purchase them but still cannot ive me any sort of reasonable answer as to why, Even a few friends who have bought them cant give me a straight answer as to why they bought them. Enlighten me.

Then the people you ask are idiots. Generally speaking it's the push distance of the buttons and unlike rubber done keys mechanical ones always feel the same.

You know how when you buy a new keyboard the buttons feel nice and firm? Mechanical keyboards always feel the same. No wearing down. Try it out yourself... hit a button on your keyboard that you don't use that often and then hit one that you do.

http://www.ergocanada.com/ergo...s_membrane_keyswitches.html

There is a decent comparison. But I like how instead of doing a bit of research that would take less than 3 minutes you go on about them being a fad for no reason what so ever. Mechanical keyboards are not a "fad". Far from it.

trag3dy said,

Then the people you ask are idiots. Generally speaking it's the push distance of the buttons and unlike rubber done keys mechanical ones always feel the same.

You know how when you buy a new keyboard the buttons feel nice and firm? Mechanical keyboards always feel the same. No wearing down. Try it out yourself... hit a button on your keyboard that you don't use that often and then hit one that you do.

http://www.ergocanada.com/ergo...s_membrane_keyswitches.html

There is a decent comparison. But I like how instead of doing a bit of research that would take less than 3 minutes you go on about them being a fad for no reason what so ever. Mechanical keyboards are not a "fad". Far from it.

I have done research, I just cant justify the cost of such an item just for the simple pleasure of how the keys feel, I understand the over time ware on a keyboard that makes sense. I guess i'm just not picky.

The Laughing Man said,
I have done research, I just cant justify the cost of such an item just for the simple pleasure of how the keys feel, I understand the over time WEAR on a keyboard that makes sense. I guess i'm just not picky.

You've done the wrong sort of research then (and your buyers are morons), or you just simply haven't used a mech keyboard yet. The response time for each key is much quicker than a standard rubber dome keyboard, they require much less force to register a keystroke, so you're not wasting time on each key (and suffer little fatigue). You say they're expensive compared to regular dome keyboards - not really, most mech keyboards are around the $150AUD mark on launch, whereas many rubber dome keyboards can be vertical of that price.