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Summary Beware, even the box says windows 8 not supported (or something similar). Will run out of the box on windows 8 as a basic keyboard but the customizing software won't load so you can't adjust much of the features. There are lots of forum threads and you can spend hours on trying to get the software to install (I tried for 6 hours) and some people are successful, but in the end I gave up and decided to pass on this and brought it back.
Shameful that a company who builds futuristic products can't update their software to run on windows 8.
Cons Bulky Requires external power for LCD display operation
Summary Amazing keyboard for those who love all the gadgets and you can transform it into different configurations. Allows you to boot programs straight from LCD touchscreen display and has native settings for TeamSpeak.
Pros Modular, Can setup in different configurations depending how you want to use it. Well Made sturdy plastic and thick Aluminum Bottom and aluminum legs. LCD is bright and colourful. Keys are not mechanical but feel good. Has extra keys that you can change on board. Great hand and wrist supports.
Cons Had a hard time loading drivers. High Price
Summary Purchased on sale for a good price. Really like the keyboard and lcd has bling factor. Drivers are buggy and had a hard time loading but works great once installed. This modular keyboard can be configured nicely to your needs and you can use it as a gamepad. I have the razer Orbweaver and would not have bought it if I had known this keyboard sets up as a gaming pad so nicely. Very well made and will last a long time. Thick aluminum bottom with aluminum legs. Nice adjustable hand and wrist supports. Lots of programmable keys. This is an awesome do it all gaming keyboard. The Venom screen has several menus and is colorful and works well. Overall this is a great keyboard and I would purchase again.
This review was modfied by poster @ 10-27-14 11:51 PM
When a fraction of a second is all that divides victory from defeat, you must be in absolute harmony with your gaming setup. Every command and key location must be committed to muscle memory as there's no time to look away from the screen. Enter the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 from Mad Catz, the perfect keyboard with which to construct your ideal gaming environment. Whether your game of choice is an RPG, FPS, MMO, RTS, MOBA or any other genre, you can now customize your keyboard's physical arrangement to meet your needs.
Boasting a robust, full metal chassis which is much stronger than most gaming keyboards, the modular design gives you the freedom to interlock only the components which matter most to you and your gaming style. Replete with a specially engineered membrane which mimics the tactile feel generated by the mechanical keys often preferred by gamers - - without the resultant excessive noise - - the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard provides a distinct competitive edge.
Fully Modular for Unparalleled Customization Borrowing modifiable technology from the world's most adjustable mouse - - the award-winning R.A.T. - - the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard's unique design provides unprecedented customization options to enhance overall comfort. Armed with total control of your keyboard's fit, size, color, sound, and programming, you can finally play your favorite games exactly as intended: How you like to play them!
5 Separate Hardware Modules
1. Control Module with V.E.N.O.M. TFT-LCD Touchscreen
Easily navigate the keyboard's many functions with the Control Module's intuitive V.E.N.O.M. touchscreen. Program advanced macros, adjust backlighting, and take in-game control of external functions - - balance game and chat volumes, launch apps and websites, even initiate and control TeamSpeak - - all with a few simple finger taps.
2. Main Keyboard Thanks to a much smaller footprint than run-of-the-mill keyboards, the main keyboard gives your mouse plenty of extra space for large, sweeping movements. Replacement, interchangeable WASD and cursor keys adapt to your gaming style by giving you the choice of standard, contoured or rubber-edged versions. Full RGB backlighting - - with 16 million color variants - - matches the keyboard to your gaming rig and the keys' laser-etched, lacquered light guides are ideal for gaming in dim environments.
3. Function Strip Adding four programmable macro buttons to the mix, the removable Function Strip brings the total to 24. Including the V.E.N.O.M. touchscreen, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard incorporates 24 programmable macro buttons over three modes to create 72 user-definable commands.
4. NumPad Just like the Control Module, the NumPad is capable of loose or fix-mounted positioning. The custom connection scheme makes it all possible, and the included set of longer wires bolsters your arrangement options.
5. 3-Part Active Palm Rest and Two Wrist Rests A height-adjustable, active palm-rest houses both a thumb wheel and an action button for even more controls at your fingertips. Both wrist rests utilize a rugged 5-pin connector to attach to the main keyboard module and NumPad, effectively enhancing your comfort during stints of extended gaming.
Uncomplicated Macro Programming
An intuitive graphical interface vastly simplifies the formerly tedious task of macro programming. Assign single or multiple keystrokes, complete with custom timings, to macro keys or interface icons and then easily fine-tune your settings. This ability is essential for fast-paced games which require clear but complex multi-key actions.
Each of the keyboard's three different modes can store your programmed macros; you need only switch to a different mode mid-game to triple your available commands. Once programmed, custom profiles can be published to share with your community and saved for later recall, allowing for a seamless transition to another gaming PC.
Integrated TeamSpeak Functionality with Visual Identifier The team at Mad Catz collaborated with TeamSpeak's development team to integrate their state-of-the-art chat technology into the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard. Once you have the TeamSpeak application running on the keyboard's V.E.N.O.M. touchscreen, select specific game rooms to check who is online and who is actively talking. You can even control the chat volume from within the game you are playing, removing the need to pause and switch programs.
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