Mad Catz STRIKE 3 keyboard: SA pricing, availability revealed

Lighter on features than its larger siblings, but significantly better priced.

July 3, 2013
Saitek STRIKE 3 header

Mad Catz has had some success with the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 and 7, two keyboards popular with gamers who didn’t see anything attractive about other keyboards on the market and wanted something visually striking to look at. The S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 is the latest addition to the family and once again looks completely different.

The S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 is certainly not cheap, coming in at a RRP of R1,499. Local distributor Comet Computing says that while the S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 will be available just after Gamescom in Europe (August), orders can be put in at the end of September and the S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 will be generally available locally in October.

Mad Catz says their target market is FPS players between the ages of 18 and 24 with limited disposable income. Mad Catz said that they wanted to keep the same feel of the S.T.R.I.K.E. family and decided to not adopt a mechanical switch design. Instead they created a membrane that is said to have the same feedback as a Cherry MX Black switch, but doesn’t cost as much.

It fits in between the Cyborg V7 and the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 and features a removable palm rest with two non-sweat rubber pads, fully customisable backlighting with a choice of 16 million colours and intensity levels. Despite its position as a premium membrane keyboard, its largest competitors will invariably be mechanical keyboards that are likewise catered to FPS players, such as the Gigabyte Avivia Osmium and Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate.

The S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 also can customise the backlighting according to the operating mode. With 12 macro keys and three operating modes, that totals 36 programmable commands that you can alter and record on the fly. The Windows key can be disabled and there’s anti-ghosting for up to seven keys. Mad Catz doesn’t specify how many key presses will be registered at a time, although most membranous keyboards can do up to five at a time.

With a price of R1,499 and a product launch set for Gamescon 2013, which takes place from 21-28 August 2013, fans of the Saitek brand will have to wait a little longer for the S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 to be available for purchase. If you get the white one, pray that you get red claws on the palm rest and put the backlighting to purple, because that would be sweet.

More Hardware news:

4 miniature PCs that drastically change your desktop

Overclockers set astounding world record with Nvidia GTX780

Nvidia GTX760 SA price roundup

Tags: Comet Computing, customisable backlighting, FPS, gaming keyboard, headline, Mad Catz, membrane keyboard, S.T.R.I.K.E. 3, Saitek

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyGaming – technology images can be found here


Is it acceptable for AAA games to be buggy at launch?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Latest News

X Rocker gaming chairs now in SA

X Rocker Header

Are you tired of sitting on a crusty old stool while playing GTA 5? X Rocker has the solution

Worst console slogans

Sega Header

In an effort to sell their consoles, companies sometimes rely on advertising agencies that are full of complete nitwits – these are the results

How many hours does it take to become a pro gamer?


With the recent conclusion of 2014′s Dota 2 The International, we take a look at how many hours you have to put in to become a pro gamer, plus, what else you could have accomplished in that time

Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed


Two games we’re feverishly looking forward to have been knocked back on the release schedule *sad face*


Newsletter Subscription

Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image

Free MyGaming Newsletter: