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.