MadCatz been out of the game for a very long time but they recently got back on the game with two of their latest addition to the keyboard world. S.T.R.I.K.E 2 and 4. Today we are going to have a look at the more cheaper version of the two THE S.T.R.I.K.E 2
Design wise THE S.T.R.I.K.E 2 looks the same as the THE S.T.R.I.K.E 4 but the more expensive S.T.R.I.K.E 4 has a few upgrades over the THE S.T.R.I.K.E 2 like mechanical switches and individual RGB lit keys. THE S.T.R.I.K.E 2 uses membrane switches which is acceptable for the price tag of only $49.00. THE S.T.R.I.K.E 2 has RGB presets that you can use to change color of the whole keyboard, unfortunately it doesn’t have the rainbow effect so I kept it on the default preset that it came with and that is the purple & blue and honestly it looks better than the other presets. Also, it’s a full sized qwerty keyboard which means you have the full number pad on the right side of your keyboard which is a plus for a gaming keyboard of this price range.
The keyboard is very well made and sturdy also its on the heavier side. It’s made out of a very thick kind of plastic thus as soon as you pickup the keyboard you will be able to feel the difference between your regular keyboard and this one as it is indeed a very heavy keyboard. The keys aren’t the best quality keys in the market but are certainly better than the keyboard and mouse combo you can buy for the price. The keystroke has some weight to it and the font on the keys are very bold and clear.
The only downside of the keyboard is that it doesn’t come with a wrist rest, so if you want one you would have to buy one separately. Also, I know it’s a gaming keyboard and gaming keyboard tends to be flashy and bold and screams gaming in their designs, but I’ve always preferred more stealthy takes even on the gaming keyboard. THE S.T.R.I.K.E 2 design felt a bit tacky to me, I mean, to be honest it’s a good gaming keyboard or a starter gaming keyboard for a kid because the MadCatz logo and the design at the bottom of the keyboard wasn’t really appealing to me but then again it’s my personal preference, many people might like the bold design.
Check out our video review for a more practical look at the keyboard
For a price tag of $49 you get a well made, sturdy, RGB lit gaming keyboard that's better than almost any keyboard of this price range, if they could just add a writst rest it would have been the perfect keyboard.