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Introducing the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 from Mad Catz, the perfect keyboard with which to construct your ideal gaming setup. Whether your game of choice is an RPG, FPS, MMO, RTS, MOBA or any other genre, you can now customize your keyboard's physical layout, backlighting, and programmable keys to meet your needs.
Borrowing modifiable technology from the world's most adjustable mouse — the award-winning R.A.T. — the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 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 E.Y.E. panel. Program advanced macros, adjust backlighting, monitor respawn timers, control your media, and even take in-game control of external functions - balance game and microphone volumes, launch apps and websites - all with a few simple finger taps. Plus, the on-board 3.5mm speaker and microphone ports mean you won't have to dig around behind your PC just to plug in a headset.
When a fraction of a second is all that divides victory from defeat, you must have absolute confidence in your keyboard. The S.T.R.I.K.E. key bed utilizes a specially engineered membrane which provides the tactile feel and responsiveness expected by gamers. The speedy, double-tap friendly keys respond to an optimized 60g of actuation force and reset at the perfect level, all of which helps reduce muscle fatigue during marathon gaming sessions. The unique design gives you the best keyboard performance without sacrificing backlighting, durability, or responsiveness.
Not all backlighting is the same. RBG backlighting with 16 million color variants - both through and around the keys - matches the keyboard to your gaming rig and the keys' laser-etched, lacquered light guides are ideal for gaming in dim environments.
The S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Gaming Keyboard incorporates 21 programmable macro buttons over three modes to create 63 user-definable commands. The keyboard includes nine programmable buttons on the E.Y.E. panel plus four more on the removable Function Strip, three controls on the palm rest, and five extra programmable keys on the NumPad bring the total to 21.
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.
The 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 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, tripling mid-game access to 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.
Pros: Great To customize and offers a sense of personality. Good durability, many macros, ,any light choices. Great buy!
Cons: Heavy, takes some getting used to from a traditional keyboard.
Other Thoughts: I love this Buy! I went from a Razor Black Widow to the mad catz strike 5 and never looked back. I love the lighting feature that allows it to match any build.The macros pair well with my Star trek online and BF3 play thanks to the multiple Profiles. To top it all off it combines my R.A.T 5 mouse into the software so that when I may reach both from a single launch. Overall this is a great keyboard with some draw backs like the weight and the size, but overall i am one satisfied customer! Good Job Mad catz
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Pros: Quick tactile key response with easily configurable wrist support. Backlighting makes keys very visible under all conditions. The main dongle is really easy to setup and gives you faster access to your main programs than even the start menu, and has a whole bunch of other features like a timer, clock, mic and volume control, etc. with a good visual display for whatever you're doing. Macro's are also easy to setup.
Cons: If you feed your mini-plug audio through the keyboard for volume control purposes, some backlighting color combinations cause a really loud buzzing. Totally unacceptable and makes that feature unusable.
Other Thoughts: It is so cool to scroll through icons for MS Office, Starcraft II, EVE Online, etc and start an application directly from the keyboard.
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Typical Mad Catz
Cons: Its a Mad Catz Product... they already KNOW they put out utter garbage made in china.. but this is just 200+ dollar garbage made in china. Dont buy it unless you want busted junk in your mail... then your trash.
Other Thoughts: utter trash.. anyone who knows mad catz should already know better.. thankfully newegg gave me a full refund of this trash after the THIRD STRAIGHT keyboard arrived non-working.
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“Great To customize and offers a sense of personality. Good durability, many macros, ,any light choices. Great buy!”— Marveltp 4/27/2013
“Quick tactile key response with easily configurable wrist support. Backlighting makes keys very visible under all conditions. ...”— Xander 3/2/2013