When a fraction of a second is all that divides victory from defeat, you must be in absolute harmony with your gaming setup. Every command and key location must be committed to muscle memory as there's no time to look away from the screen. Enter the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 from Mad Catz, the perfect keyboard with which to construct your ideal gaming environment. Whether your game of choice is an R.P.G., F.P.S., M.M.O., R.T.S., M.O.B.A. or any other genre, you can now customize your keyboard's physical arrangement to meet your needs.
Boasting a robust, full metal chassis which is much stronger than most gaming keyboards, the modular design gives you the freedom to interlock only the components which matter most to you and your gaming style. Replete with a specially engineered membrane which mimics the tactile feel generated by the mechanical keys often preferred by gamers--without the resultant excessive noise--the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard provides a distinct competitive edge.
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!
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!
Easily navigate the keyboard's many functions with the Control Module's intuitive V.E.N.O.M. touchscreen. 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.
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.
Adding four programmable macro buttons to the mix, the removable Function Strip brings the total to 24. Including the V.E.N.O.M. touchscreen, 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.
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.
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.
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. touchscreen, 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.
Pros: Easy-ish setup, sweet v.e.n.o.m. touchscreen, great lighting, best adjustable wrist wrests ever in all of history, cool replaceable keys which are easy to switch in and out.
Cons: Wish it had mechanical keys. If you have the money for this, then save some money and buy the Razer Deathstalker.
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Good Keyboard Bad Software
Pros: Great Key pressure
Cons: Horrific Customer Service
Other Thoughts: If this was a normal keyboard then I would have given it 5 stars. But it is a keyboard that thrives on Software. Macro Programming, Software for the onboard Display, regular driver update for new operating systems.
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Haft baked keyboard too fast to market.
Pros: I got one of these for Christmas. They thing felt awesome good solid heavy construction all metal base and good solid lock in multi-place parts. Astatically pleasing looks like a 3 bills keyboard and that is where the pros for me end.
Cons: On the ascetics the display is very cheap with low fresh. On functionality my computer would not even boot up with it plugged in. It would throw a hex PoST code 50 which is bad USB device. I opened a ticket with tech support. Still no reply… Open a ticket on the 25th but still nobody has even commented anything I can see and it has been six business days. I tried it on anther computer same response tried it on a 3rd and 4th computer and it worked. Fond the common issue is an x58 chipset. Did some googling and fond it was an also an issue with a tech reviewer from King5 news in Seattle. The Mad Catz tech support told him to unplug the power and plug it back in after the computer booted up. This is from King5 news and I quote "Eventually, working with Mad Catz's customer service, we figured out it was the separate power that plugged into the keyboard. If I unplugged that before turning on my computer then it would fully boot. Of course, I would then have to plug the keyboard back in to use it. It's annoying, but currently unavoidable for me." So I rigged up a USB manual physical switch and I got it to work with two settings “boot” and “run” brings me back to the days of a wonderful DEC Alpha UNIX minicomputer. Also the keyboard has no host system CPU, Memory, or GPU monitor (note: my 2005 G15 Logitech has that.) This is 2013 it is so irritating I cannot stand it Newegg awesome and they returned the keyboard.
Other Thoughts: Also this keyboard uses a full blown Linux OS but there is no place to download source this is in legal violation of the GNU GPL.
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Pros: Honestly any pro I can think off becomes a con.
Cons: Made of cheap plastic, feels cheap and looks cheap for a $300 keyboard. The screen is is useless, and you have to press it hard to register presses. TO change things around you have to use screws, becomes a pain and defeats the purpose of being a keyboard with mu configuration. Writs pads snap in a way that you know will break within a few months.
Other Thoughts: Cyborg went wrong in every possible way here, whoever approved the final design, should be fired, this $300 keyboard isn't worth $50. If you still lay out the bucks, you have been warned.
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Overkill or Overpriced?
Pros: Modular, obviously.
Cons: Heavy, obviously.
Other Thoughts: Ultimately, considering the anti-uniform shape and construction, as well as the amount of tech inside and the perceptive quality of the materials used; I don't think it's overpriced personally. DEFINITELY overkill though. It's closest competitor, the Logitech G19, is about the same in terms of function, but completely lacks the modular form. Both have rubber-dome switches, which is a negligible factor for gaming, and both have a lot of macro keys and modes. This has some conveniently placed 'special' keys and is essentially a laundry list of everything nearly every other gaming and modular keyboard can do within a standard form-factor. For what you get, the price is right. For what you're going to do with it, make sure it's the only thing that can do everything you want compared to everything else. I doubt any one person could use every feature of this keyboard effectively, and anyone who intends to is forcing it just to prove it can be done.
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emence potential, no follow through.
Pros: its completly customizable, it's extremley high quality for a keyboard. lots of metal, love the flip down feet made of full metal completly wraped in rubber provide a completly slip free interface.
Cons: the keys are rubber dome mechanical imitation style keys. the space bar is prone to squeeks. the could be more cord options. its over priced and under supported by both cyborg and madcatz. currently you can't even get ahold of cyborg or madcats for tech support their system has said it was down for maitnence for 3 weeks. they failed to recontact me by email, i have emailed them every 4 days since i received the product, a fair wait for any tech support. the number pad (for me) was a DOA. i never was able to resolve this. mine was not purchaed through newegg and ive never had a problem with newegg as a company or shipper. this review is purley a bag on madcatz\cyborg.
Other Thoughts: I made an unboxing and moderatley in-depth review of the product, and although i was inititioly satisfied i will be returning this product. i purchased mine direct from madcatz. it has only recently been made avilable to other outlets.
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Madkatz cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E 7 keyboard
Pros: Complete Modular Design allowing for complete and utter control over every aspect of your keyboard layout. Full control over macros easy to use enterface.
Cons: complete modular system
Other Thoughts: the layout is hard at first to get used to, there are tierd raised keys so some people that want a even flow wont get that.
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“Horrific Customer Service— JamesX 3/6/2013
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“Easy-ish setup, sweet v.e.n.o.m. touchscreen, great lighting, best adjustable wrist wrests ever in all of history, cool replaceable ...”— Bone 3/27/2013