Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E M Wireless Keyboard Is Unusual

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | August 6, 2014 - 08:18 PM |
Tagged: keyboard, travel keyboard, htpc keyboard

So, I am writing about a wireless, non-mechanical keyboard.

Mad Catz has made a weird keyboard layout. Honestly, it looks like something from a 1990's-era sci-fi video game. I could imagine "Lev Arris" pulling it out of his trench coat while discussing space pirates. It also includes mouse and media functionality, even when pairing with Android and iOS devices (it connects with Macs and PCs, too). It's also small.

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As stated earlier, its keys are not mechanical. They are, also, not membrane-dome. The keys are based on scissor-switches, common with laptop keyboards. While I do not know the specifics of this keyboard, I do not know of any scissor-switch keyboard with removable keys. This means that, if something gets stuck under a keycap, you cannot remove it (unless you intend to never put it back on). Again, Mad Catz could have done something special, but it is something to think about -- especially if you intend on using this keyboard in the living room while eating.

The keyboard has an adjustable, white backlight for the "main" keys. It is, also, $100. This is definitely a unique design, tailored for a living room (or hotel room) experience. It is not cheap, but interesting. I could see it being useful, especially if a user could use it for both their living room, and during travel.

Source: Mad Catz
August 7, 2014 | 09:23 AM - Posted by Dusty

The W, A, S, D, and space keys seem to be laid out pretty good for gaming. Reaching them while on the WASD cluster shouldn't be too difficult, especially on a physically smaller keyboard.

Any chance of a review of this? It might make a decent LAN, or living room gaming setup (SteamOS) keyboard.

August 7, 2014 | 04:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Looks like something you strap on your wrist and pull Duel Monsters cards out of! Does it come with upside-down pyramid Bling, no Santos gold please.

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