Assembling The Most Insane Gaming Keyboard I've Ever Typed On

I've gone through dozens of gaming keyboards during my decades of PC gaming, from generic off-white Wal-Mart specials to elaborate, fully-programmable, back-lit monstrosities. The Cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 from Mad Catz is the first gaming keyboard I've had to screw together before using.

For the $US300 asking price, one would think things like using a tiny screwdriver to connect all the bits together would have been handled by the manufacturer, but the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 is a special sort of keyboard. Completely modular, its various sections are held together by screws and pieces of wire.

The centrepiece of this beast is the V.E.N.O.M. touch screen interface, which gives users easy access to various tools — timers, clocks, volume controls and macro keys in addition to those situated on the keyboard proper. I've seen other keyboards employ a similar sort of screen as a readout, but nothing quite this elaborate.

So there it is, sitting on my desk, waiting to be poked at, so poke at it I shall. I'll let you all know how that goes.

Music: Trash80 — "Icarus"


    Looks like it weighs about 40 kilos!


    Hmm I actually kind of like it. Not for that price of course but still.

    Seems a bit impractical. Think I'll stick with my G19. At least some (not many) games support the screen.

    That 'blank' wrist rest at 2m01s is the right wrist rest isn't it, not the left? Unless you can put the number keypad on the left?

    Noscript totally has a cow when i try to click that video link..

    I'm still rocking a IBM Model M

    Pointless. For a majority of people, the layout would be exactly the same as a regular keyboard.

    wrong nothing like regular keyboard you can assemble just num pad replace centre set with wasd attach extra macro set to it and the ui display unit have your mouse in right hand and put the rest with normal letter keys on your lap to quickly type text messages if you have to

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