When Mad Catz released the S.T.R.I.K.E 2 Membrane RGB Gaming Keyboard we were keen to take a good, hands-on look at their offering.
The first thing you notice from unboxing is that this is a solid keyboard that feels robust enough for gaming. Mad Catz call this being “battle ready” and they have built in some features that mean this keyboard is tough enough for heavy-duty gaming. Double-shot injection moulding fuses the plastic components for durable keycaps and a long-lasting keyboard, which Mad Catz claim will never wear down and always look clean.
The keyboard is plug-and-play, with the programmable settings being managed by the keyboard, rather than additional proprietary software and this is easy to do. The S.T.R.I.K.E 2 gaming keyboard has 12 built-in Windows functions and a Windows lock which allows ease of use with Windows operating systems. I personally don’t rate multi-coloured LEDs on a keyboard but if you like to look flashy you can make plenty of adjustments to speed, brightness, and make use of nine RGB lighting variants that are built in.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 2 Membrane RGB Gaming Keyboard Specs
- 9 built-in RGB LEDs effects
- 4 levels LEDs brightness
- 12 built-in Windows functions
- Windows lock
- 26 keys matrix anti-ghosting
- Embedded foot stand
- 3-way groove structure for USB cable
Mad Catz have created a custom membrane for this keyboard which gives a precise experience but is almost silent in use, unlike mechanical keyboard options. The anti-ghosting makes this a responsive and accurate keyboard for gaming. As well as testing this keyboard in a gaming setting, I’ve enjoyed using it for regular office work as the mechanical feel is superior, but the membrane means I don’t disturb colleagues.
We rate this keyboard for price, functionality, and durability. If you like to use the RGB LED effects then you have a few choices programmed in, but beyond those programmed options you’re out of luck. The typing experience is smooth and almost faultless, and the anti-ghosting matrix is good when furiously button bashing in the heat of a battle. I would like to see more customisable features and programmable buttons.
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