We must say that the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 does comes with its own unique design. It strays away from the traditional format with a completely modular design like no other. The color, design, fit and feel of the keyboard can’t be matched. We enjoyed every bit of the aesthetics it offers. The only nit pick we had is that we felt the active palm rest was a bit bulky and out of place. It would have been nice to see a standard optional palm rest included if you didn’t find a need for the active palm rest. While this isn’t a negative, we thought it was worth mentioning.
The modular system does give the user the freedom to customize the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 to fit each individual’s needs and by doing so it makes this keyboard much more desirable. If you are the on the go type person that doesn’t need the fancy bells and whistles, you can break it down and travel light with only the parts you need, this is a much appreciated and surprising option.
Performance wise, this was one of the best keyboards we had ever worked with. Of course this can be completely subjective, it was obvious to is that the fit and feel of the keyboard, along with its included software package gives it the extra edge as a complete gaming and multitasking combination experience.
On a side note, while the keyboard does come with a great deal of flash and bling, we did have some miner gripes about it. Due to its modular design, it did add on quite a bit of weight when fully assembled. While most users won’t be carrying this around much, if you are going from one LAN party to another it could be quite a hassle. This is also compounded because if you want to take advantage of all its features, you will need the AC Adapter. However, like we mentioned, if you don’t need all of the fancy bells and whistles for LAN parties, it does allow you to break down to just the parts you need.
During the time of this review, we found the price tag of the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 at $289.99 on newegg.com. We think this price is a bit steep for a keyboard, even one as feature rich as this. However, if you factor in the quality of the fit and feel and the amazing customizable options it really isn’t that bad. The attention to detail that Mad Catz has given the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 really shines. Even at the price of $289.99 we still find it to be worth it. In this case, we believe this qualifies the adage “you get what you pay for.”
Today we would like to honor the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 with our PureOverclock’s Editors Choice Award. It is an awesome creation!