Maybe you heard, Mad Catz is again from the useless. And to this point it’s been a rousing return! We checked out the return of the famed R.A.T. earlier this 12 months and got here away impressed. Sure, it’s to not everybody’s style, however you received’t discover a mouse that modular wherever else. It’s a singular design, befitting a comeback.

But the S.T.R.I.Okay.E.? I admit, I don’t have the identical nostalgia for Mad Catz’s keyboard efforts. Nevertheless, we went hands-on with the Strike 4 (as a result of there’s no approach in hell I’m typing that as a faux-acronym each time) to see whether or not Mad Catz may turn into a multi-market menace, or whether or not it ought to keep on with mice to keep away from a second chapter.

Note: This assessment is a part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for particulars about competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

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The market might have largely moved on from the “gamer” aesthetic that dominated peripherals for years, however Mad Catz has not. The Strike 4 is model new, however in lots of respects appears like a relic from 2011 or so. The outstanding Mad Catz emblem alongside the underside edge is effective, however the adjoining cyberpunk-looking circuit-board nonsense is totally pointless. The form is edgy and aggressive as effectively, and whereas I’m positive some individuals get pleasure from that type, I, for one, don’t.

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Not usually, anyway. I admit, I really appreciated Mad Catz’s design efforts with the Rat, stating in my assessment, “The Rat goes to such an extreme, I find myself drawn to it. It’s ugly and unrefined, but in a way that feels purposeful and raw and intriguing.”

The Strike 4 “matches” the Rat, however it doesn’t obtain the identical sense of objective, doesn’t ask the consumer to query why a keyboard’s constructed the best way it’s, or whether or not we may maybe create a higher keyboard by divorcing kind and performance. Not within the slightest. It’s only a normal-looking keyboard with some awkward angles.

But you understand what? Mad Catz as soon as put out the Strike 7, a keyboard that appears like Megatron misplaced a combat with a rubbish disposal. So rely your blessings we received the Strike 4, I suppose. It might be worse.

In truth, all issues thought-about, the Strike 4 is a stable effort from Mad Catz. The uneven edge alongside the entrance, these garish strains, and even the squat typeface on the keys—once more, all harkening again to gaming keyboards circa 2011—are, ultimately, aesthetic criticisms, and wholly subjective.

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