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.

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For the $300 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.

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The centerpiece 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"

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I'm fairly certain that keyboard is using cheap membrane and not mechanical switches at that cost which is unacceptable. I believe I read their page about it that says it uses a membrane that "replicates mechanical switches" which just SCREAMS marketing scam since there is no way, from an engineering standpoint, that could be even remotely close to being true. Not to mention there is a very little chance the actual keyboard would last more than the 5 mill keystrokes you get out of membranes which is nowhere near the 50 mill from cherry mx switches. There is a reason why mechanicals cost as much as they do...smooth typing/playing experience and you'll never have to buy a keyboard again. Also you can easily buy replacement key caps for any cherry mx switch.