Mad Catz announces the STRIKE 5 keyboard for pro gamers, preorder now for $200

There are keyboards, and then there are Mad Catz keyboards... and now, the company's constructed a new pro peripheral to rest your wrists on -- the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5. Just like the other mission control center we saw a few months ago, it features a modular design allowing various layouts, high-performance keys with customized backlighting, and 21 programmable macro buttons. The main difference here is the touchscreen component of the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 has been substituted for the "E.Y.E. OLED Command Module," which is used for easy access to keyboard functions, quick-launch triggers, and can display respawn timers for coordinating those second-specific attacks. Cash-strapped pros will be pleased to hear the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 is cheaper than its predecessor, and you can head to the source link to sacrifice $200 on a pre-order now. Mad Catz won't tell us what alien race is supplying the keyboards, nor an exact shipping date -- all we know is that they're expected "very soon."

Gallery | 6 Photos

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 gaming keyboard press images

Show full PR text

MAD CATZ® ANNOUNCES S.T.R.I.K.E.™ 5 PROFESSIONAL GAMING KEYBOARD

Modular Design and OLED Command Module Enhance Competitive Gaming

San Diego – October 23, 2012 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE MKT: MCZ) announced today the S.T.R.I.K.E.5 Professional Gaming Keyboard for PC. Now available in limited quantities on the Mad Catz store, the S.T.R.I.K.E.5 has been designed with the competitive gamer in mind, featuring a modular design and OLED Command Module placing gamers at the heart of the experience.

"Our range of S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards has captured the imagination of passionate gamers and we are pleased to expand the range with the newly announced S.T.R.I.K.E.5." said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "The S.T.R.I.K.E.5 is part of our strategy to grow our market share with best in class products for all gamers."

The S.T.R.I.K.E.5 features a modular design allowing gamers to rearrange the configuration of the keyboard modules to better suit their preferred method of play. Alongside dedicated buttons for macro commands and media controls, the unique E.Y.E.™ OLED Command Module functions as the brains of the keyboard, allowing gamers to adjust multiple aspects of their gaming environment including speaker/microphone volume, backlighting brightness, multiple Respawn Timers and a game, website and application launcher.

Additional information and purchase options are available at: www.madcatz.com/strike5