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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Kerley - 30th January 2013
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Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Gaming Keyboard Review

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 - A closer look


Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard full viewMad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard rear view

The S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard is a modular system that can be put together in number of different ways. The main part of the system is the standard QWERTY keyboard. The S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 is a membrane keyboard, specifically manufactured to feel more like a mechanical board than the traditional devices we are used to. The keyboard also features a full metal chassis, which gives the component a great feel of weight and stability. Turning the keyboard over we can see the metal base, as well as the legs that can be extended to alter the typing position.

Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard keypad Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard key pad base

The number pad component of the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 also features the same metal chassis that the main QWERTY component has. The number pad can be connected to the right hand side of the main keyboard which is the standard layout in most keyboards, or it can be kept separate and used as a standalone module.

Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard ports Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard wrist rest

The modules link to each other using micro USB sockets. To support the various layouts Mad Catz has helpfully labelled the various connections A, B or C.

Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard screen Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard rear of screen

One of the key modules provided with the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 is the control module which features a V.E.N.O.M. TFT-LCD touch screen display. This module can be attached at the top of the QWERTY keyboard, or the number pad module. To connect this module to the QWERY keyboard or the number pad Mad Catz have provided a number of small screws as part of the package. The control module also features two USB 2.0 ports.

Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard modules Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard modular connector

The final components of the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard include a function strip, which adds four programmable macro buttons to the system (In total the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 provides us with a total of 24 programmable buttons, which can all be configured using the SMART profile editor software available directly from Mad Catz). There is also a three part active palm rest which has a thumb wheel and action button. Then there are also two wrist rests provided, one for the main keyboard and one for the number pad. Both the active palm rest and the wrist rests can be extended to suit our own personal comfort setting.
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