Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Feb 14, 2013

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

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Mad Catz STRIKE 7

I’m a guy that loves innovation. I like seeing new features added to a product that make it more useful. However, I think Mad Catz missed the mark with the S.T.R.I.K.E 7. Rather than being extremely useful, the V.E.N.O.M. Screen just feels gimmicky. There were no stand-out features that blew me away, and I really think that there could have been. The worst part, however, is that there is no API for users or developers to add additional functions to it. The company has said that they are working on other new features, but we haven’t seen that so far, and it’s been on the market for months.

I do like the overall feel of the membrane keys, as I said earlier. I think that it’s one of the best membrane keyboards that I’ve used. I also think that the idea of being able to customize and rearrange your keyboard based on your needs is interesting, and could be useful. However, the presence of the virtually useless touchscreen and $300 price tag make this a hard sell to anyone. If they removed that, and dropped the price significantly, it could be a decent seller. They did replace the touchscreen with a series of buttons with the S.T.R.I.K.E 5, but I still think that the $200 price tag for that is still too much for a non-mechanical keyboard

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