The Strike keyboard looks very similar to the Steelseries 7G which I’m of course a big fan of. It has the standard black layout, with white, laser etched keys and some red styling in the top right hand corner. Edges are all nicely rounded and the keys are slightly sloped backwards; though the font choice is an interesting one. Not sure what it is, but it’s not the typical one we’ve seen on other keyboards we’ve reviewed.
Next to the Strike logo in the top right there’s the three LED indicators for the usual “lock” options.
The first few F keys, F1-3 and F5-8 have media secondary functions, including mute, volume up/down, play/pause, stop, skip back and skip forward. All of these are activated via the converted windows key in the bottom left. This acts like a function key on a laptop. This also makes it impossible to accidentally minimuse your game, something most gamers will be pleased with.
One weird thing I did notice – and it’s very minor – you can see the metal hooks for the space bar and insert keys from your usual seated position. This seems weird.
The cable for the Strike is nicely braided, but due to its additions (USB Hub and headset cables) it’s very thick, maybe two inches in circumferance. This is much better than lots of different cables, but it’s still a bit of a beast.
USB connectors are USB 2.0, but that’s fine as they’re more designed for powering headsets than they are for data transfer. The headphone and mic ports are a nice addition, but most serious gamers are going to be rocking a 5.1 headset which makes this a bit redundant.
The underside of the Strike has four rubber pads that help keep it in place during operation. Necessary for the heavier handed.
There’s also a pair of feet in the corners which gives you two different angle/height options for the keyboard.
The USB and headphone connectors are all gold plated to improve durability. However, the PS/2 connector is only nickel plated. You only need one USB plugged in if you’re just gaming, but this is quite a lot of cables to get in the way. Give me a single PS/2 connector any day.