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Mad Catz Intros 5-Piece S.T.R.I.K.E.5 Pro Gaming Keyboard

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This keyboard features five components that can be rearranged to fit your PC gaming needs.

On Wednesday Mad Catz Interactive introduced the S.T.R.I.K.E.5 Professional Gaming Keyboard for the PC. As the name implies, the peripheral has been designed with the competitive gamer in mind, providing a five-piece modular layout to seemingly fit every PC gamer's need.

"Our range of S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards has captured the imagination of passionate gamers and we are pleased to expand the range with the newly announced S.T.R.I.K.E.5," said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "The S.T.R.I.K.E.5 is part of our strategy to grow our market share with best in class products for all gamers."

The keyboard's modular design allows the user to arrange the configuration of the 5-part keyboard to better suit their preferred method of play. The numeric pad (1) and the QWERTY section (2) have been separated into two entities, and feature a full 16 million color RGB backlighting both through and around the keys. Double-tap friendly keys respond to an optimized 60g of actuation force, and reset at the perfect level, the company said.

Also included in the S.T.R.I.K.E.5 is the E.Y.E. OLED Command Module (3), which allows users to program advanced macros, adjust backlighting, balance game and microphone volumes, monitor respawn timers, and control media. This module can also launch games, websites and applications.

"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," the keyboard's product page states.

In addition to those three modules, the gaming keyboard also consists of a function strip module (4) with four programmable buttons (nine are also on the E.Y.E., five on the NumPad), and a 3-part active palm rest (which features 3 controls) and two wrist rests (5).

There's definitely a lot going on with this professional gaming keyboard, but there should be enough customization options to fill the needs of almost any PC gamer. GameShark is currently taking pre-orders for the modular keyboard now, costing $199.99 USD. The shipping date is unknown at this point.

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    sephirothmk , October 25, 2012 3:31 PM
    200$ for a non-mechanical keyboard? Lol!
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    sephirothmk , October 25, 2012 3:31 PM
    200$ for a non-mechanical keyboard? Lol!
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    sparkman , October 25, 2012 3:34 PM
    Gimicky, but shoot that looks awesome. Expensive though.
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    Pennanen , October 25, 2012 3:39 PM
    Madcatz is a perfect example what is wrong with branding and marketing. You can take ugliest and shittiest piece of product and sell it if you find proper audience, which in thise case is 13 y /o teens who want to be cool in eyes of other kids.

    Just saying.
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    spookyman , October 25, 2012 3:42 PM
    And in a year of use the lettering on the keys will wear off.

    Now as for my IBM 101 PS/2 keyboard....It can be washed in a Dishwasher to clean it and still keeps ticking.

    Wonder if you can do that with this keyboard.
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    crysex , October 25, 2012 4:06 PM
    The only thing preventing me from buying their keyboard is that the keys are not mechanical.
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    JBB-SaDo , October 25, 2012 4:19 PM
    Maybe I am not "hardcore" enough, but a standard keyboard is been good enough for me never had any issues. don't see the benefit of spending the extra $$$ on a "gamer" keyboard.

    Looks nice though...
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    husker , October 25, 2012 4:31 PM
    sephirothmk200$ for a non-mechanical keyboard? Lol!

    Because all the features described should be free?
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    maximus81 , October 25, 2012 4:32 PM
    I'll stick with my G13 and normal keyboard. Am I the only one who thinks this is uglier than hell?
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    Devoteicon , October 25, 2012 4:59 PM
    Pussy repellent.
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    internetlad , October 25, 2012 5:02 PM
    60g actuation force? Sounds an awful lot like cherry MX blacks. . .

    Is this mech?
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    murzar , October 25, 2012 6:18 PM
    If it was going to cost so much, they should have atleast made it a little better looking!
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    f-14 , October 25, 2012 7:13 PM
    interesting. any usb ports or head set jacks?
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2012 8:25 PM
    i appreciate the modularity but the price is absurd. ill probably end up buying a cooler master mechanical keyboard, for now ill stick with my ratty old ps/2 keyboard with a few broken keys for bios settings and my logitech k-400 as my main keyboard, having a wire is a real drag for me as i typically sit on the couch when using my gaming rig because i still dont have a damn desk chair DX
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    alidan , October 25, 2012 8:47 PM
    huskerBecause all the features described should be free?


    because its plastic, ans membrane, makeing all the parts for the keyboard alone cost at most 20-30$
    the oled thing may be an extra 20$
    call it gamer, where there is how you an put an extra 100$ on something that is crap and sell it for alot.

    please, look into the base cost of manufacturing this kind of crap before you tell us its not seriously overpriced. there is profit margin, and than there is selling it for 4 times manufacturing cost

    internetlad60g actuation force? Sounds an awful lot like cherry MX blacks. . .Is this mech?


    no, it would be a major marketing bullet point if it was, but even if it was mechanical, it would still be overpriced, as you need a to plate mount mechanical keys to make those keyboards last a long time, and most gamer boards (i think steel series is the only exception) pcb mount

    vanwazltoffi appreciate the modularity but the price is absurd. ill probably end up buying a cooler master mechanical keyboard, for now ill stick with my ratty old ps/2 keyboard with a few broken keys for bios settings and my logitech k-400 as my main keyboard, having a wire is a real drag for me as i typically sit on the couch when using my gaming rig because i still dont have a damn desk chair DX


    look into a das keyboard professional, as i can not recommend any "gameing" mech keyboards besides steel series.
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    fb39ca4 , October 25, 2012 9:02 PM
    Lol another flashy overpriced keyboard.
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2012 1:47 AM
    alidanlook into a das keyboard professional, as i can not recommend any "gameing" mech keyboards besides steel series.

    das keybaords are way more than i want to spend on keyboard, the CM quick fires are also stretching it. ideally i want to get something that is comfortable above all else. not sure which cherry mx switches i would like the most, but i prefer a reasonable quiet keyboard with not a lot of resistance. i have had 4 chiclet keyboards and thats what i got used to, so preferably i would like something similar to that or between that and a standard keyboard. i am trying to go as wireless as possible, i have a desk but im on the couch most of the time, so cords get in the way and are an overall inconvenience plus family member tend to trip over cords, my rat 5 can attest to that as its been thrown across the room by idiots tripping over it about a 100 times
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    alidan , October 26, 2012 2:00 AM
    vanwazltoffdas keybaords are way more than i want to spend on keyboard, the CM quick fires are also stretching it. ideally i want to get something that is comfortable above all else. not sure which cherry mx switches i would like the most, but i prefer a reasonable quiet keyboard with not a lot of resistance. i have had 4 chiclet keyboards and thats what i got used to, so preferably i would like something similar to that or between that and a standard keyboard. i am trying to go as wireless as possible, i have a desk but im on the couch most of the time, so cords get in the way and are an overall inconvenience plus family member tend to trip over cords, my rat 5 can attest to that as its been thrown across the room by idiots tripping over it about a 100 times


    cherry mx blue is the one with tactical feel and sound
    cherry mx brown is tactical feel
    cherry mx black is silent with 60 gram force
    cherry mx red is silent with 40 gram force

    bare minimum you are looking at with a mechanical keyboard is 60$, as thats the base cost of the switches.
    i recommend the das keyboard because i know those have plates, and can be found for 110$ some places online.

    if you want any other kind of switch beside the cherry, you are looking at spending more money than what the das keyboards cost, because they are rarer or out of production.

    if you are just concerned about cable length, than i can recommend a usb cable extension, it may not be pretty but it offers you FAR more options than just wireless keyboards.

    i did a quick search in case wireless was non negotiable, i didnt see a way to make a wired keyboard wirless with a bridge but i did find this out

    http://www.amazon.com/XArmor-U9W-wireless-mechanical-keyboard/dp/B004S862FW
    and Filco use to make Bluetooth keyboards, both are kind of expensive though, i would recommend the filco as they use a mounting plate i believe.

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    ojas , October 26, 2012 12:17 PM
    sephirothmk200$ for a non-mechanical keyboard? Lol!

    $120 for type/touch cover? LOL!
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    w0_od , October 27, 2012 6:58 AM
    it is not bad looking, gamer geek tech etc but i really like my mechanical keyboard.