Last week we told you about the new S.T.R.I.K.E.7 professional gaming keyboard from Mad Katz. We got some hands-on time with it at a recent event at Gamescom.
The S.T.R.I.K.E.7 has been designed to offer gamers unprecedented control over their gaming environment. through the detachable modular design, unique V.E.N.O.M. touch sensitive colour LCD touchscreen and host of programmable features.
The fully modular design allows gamers to detach sections of the S.T.R.I.K.E.7 keyboard and arrange as they see fit, even allowing the gamer to only use the sections of the keyboard vital to their game of choice.
Designed for the professional or competitive gamer, the S.T.R.I.K.E.7 is ideal for LAN tournaments, allowing gamers to only transport the sections of the keyboard they require. Should the gamer only wish to take the main keyboard section, then they will still have access to the all important ‘cursor key functionality’, thanks to the Fn key, which when held, allows the ‘WASD’ keys (The keys most natural to hand to the majority of gamers) to function as the cursor keys.
The unique V.E.N.O.M. touch screen interface enables the gamer to take control of their gaming environment, launch games or applications at the swipe of a finger, deploy custom macro commands, program chat, game, media settings and more.
Examples of such features includes:
- Program-specific volume control
- Custom macro button layout
- Quicklaunch of programs/games/apps
- Journal for making game specific notes
- Backlighting Adjustment
- Clock / Timer
- Window Key Locking
- Media Controls
At £249.99, the S.T.R.I.K.E.7 isn’t cheap, although I believe a lot of hard-core gamers will be very interested in the various features it has to offer.
Having used it to play a few games it certainly adds to the entertainment. The keyboard felt quite natural to use and the ability to remove items from the keyboard, and even to relocate them to a different position is great.
And there are so many things you could do with the V.E.N.O.M. touch screen, the possibilities are endless.
I look forward to testing this out for a much longer period.
Additional information and purchase options are available at: www.madcatz.com/strike7
The S.T.R.I.K.E.7 is shipping now.
And here is a short video of the S.T.R.I.K.E.7 in action:
What do you think of it it? Are you going to get one? Let us know by leaving a comment below.