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A high-end gaming keyboard that's not worth the premium

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Hardcore gamers know the hard facts: Picking out a premium piece of kit can cost a pretty penny, and the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 is no exception. Should you be wooed by its hearty metal chassis and whimsical touchscreen, your wallet will be $300 lighter for the infatuation. That's steep -- even for a high-end gaming keyboard -- and it's hard to say whether it's worth the premium. Sure, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 boasts excellent build quality, fancy modular part-switching and membrane keys that are among the best non-mechanical actuators we've touched, but the touchscreen hub isn't worth the $100 premium. Despite a handful of applications, a program launcher and configurable macro settings, the V.E.N.O.M.'s touch-based experience is just a little too awkward. Unless you've got a particular affinity for touchscreen macro toggles, check out the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 instead -- it has all of old number seven's best features, and costs a third less.

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Critic reviews

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    8.4
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    8.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.2
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    8.4
  • Configurability
    9.4
  • Portability
    5.4

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8.0
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  • Ergonomics / comfort
    8.0
  • Tactility / button-feel
    10
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Noise
    8.0
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    10
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    4.0
7.0
Engadget Nov 15, 2012

Unless you've got a particular affinity for touchscreen macro toggles, check out the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 instead -- it has all of old number seven's best features, and costs a third less, to boot.

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7.0
PC Mag Sep 26, 2012

The MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 is an impressive, feature-filled gaming keyboard, but it's extremely expensive and doesn't use mechanical switches (though its membrane switches are very responsive).

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9.0
Benchmark Reviews Sep 28, 2012

Never forget this is one of the only keyboards on the market with a touch screen, delivers a mechanical keyboard experience, and can be reassembled to a different form factor as needed. What's for sure is if gamers can ignore the price on STRIKE 7, everyone should take one home.

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9.0
Gaming Shogun Sep 18, 2012

Overall, the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 gaming keyboard is an absolute monster of gaming power. It has so many cool and useful features in it that you will not regretting spending the dough on it.

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7.0
Gadget Review Oct 1, 2012

There is a lot to salivate over. TS integration is super smart. The programmable software is intuitive. Comfort options come in spades with the modular design. But the main event is the V.E.N.O.M touch screen panel. Hopefully more useful apps will come down the alley for this cat.

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8.0
gaymergeek gaymergeek

if you planning on having a gaming station and you need one of the best long term keyboards from comfort and all around awesome you need this keyboard. its only big downfall is all the cables and adapters you have to keep track of. don't think you will be using this keyboard on the road with a...

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