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The most interesting at Mad Catz

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Hi GT! There are not many players in the field of quality peripherals. Microsoft makes not bad keyboards, Logitech is famous for its loyal support and years of warranty. Interesting things are produced sometimes by manufacturers of gaming peripherals: Razer (which is berated year after year for declining quality), Steelseries, Roccat and Mad Catz. But here, in addition to the classic mice and keyboards, you can easily find and gamepads, and joysticks, and steering wheels, and whatever else is not invented for the game.
The most interesting at Mad Catz

On our blog we periodically tell you about one or another gadget from one manufacturer or another, but today we will show you not one, not two, but four interesting gadgets from Mad Catz.

Mad Catz

A company with quite a rich, albeit strange, history. The guys from Keddr’a managed to fit it into 100 seconds :
The company now has three main areas: the production of peripherals for PCs, consoles and cell phones. Headsets, mice, keyboards, Fightpads (adapted for fighting games manipulators), musical instruments for RockBand and other joysticks, gamepads and steering wheels are made either in the classic design, or with branded chips on customization of casings and geometry of the device. Almost all branded sub-brands are written with a dot, which causes problems to copywriters and reviewers, but there’s nothing to do, the company’s policy. 🙂

S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboard line

The needs of any player can be described in three words: faster, more accurate, more reliable. The flagship "mechanics" of S.T.R.I.K.E. TE MECHANICAL is almost not customizable, but is built with these three requirements in mind. Kalih Brown is used as a switch: it has the same color coding as the Cherry line.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
These are tactile keys without a separate "clicker", their actuation point is close to the point of "return" to the unpressed state, which allows the keyboard to respond faster to commands, while at the same time remaining quite pleasant tactile. Typing on it is a pleasure.
As far as the microswitch manufacturer is concerned, everything is fine. At Kaihua Electronics. excellent reputation, and their components are very often used in automotive and machine tool applications. Similar switches are used in the rather rare TTesports Poseidon Z and the impressions are very positive. Very clear clicking sensation, quite silent operation and excellent mechanism: you can press the center of the key or its corner – without the slightest feeling of "skewness" or that the click will not be counted. They won’t let you down in the heat of battle.
As for the design, everything is quite simple: the keyboard has a visual separation between the main block and the arrow-digit block, but it is not customizable in any way. The best you can do is to change the support and select one of the three keyboard angles. Many people will like the fact that the text block is not "disfigured" by any unnecessary buttons or rows of macro keys. The multimedia keys are placed on FN + F1-F12, macros or programs can be started with the special mini-buttons on top. There is also a hardwired (!) switch for the Windows button. It would be nice if it had a three-position switch and Alt+Tab could also turn it off.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
A "catch" lurks in the arrow block: it is not separated in any way from the five additional keys. Of course, there are few misses there, but visually and tactilely this location is somewhat unusual. At the same time, for me personally, it remains a mystery why the keys are there. From the "shooter" WASD – far away. In racing, people prefer gamepads and steering wheels. For work? To assign CTRL+X/C/V there? Anyway, I haven’t found any clever way to effectively use these keys. Unless you assign them to CTRL+arrows or SHIFT+CTRL+arrows to move or highlight whole words in a text editor.
Profiles, macros, reassignments of anything and everything have become routine for this kind of device, so there’s not even much to tell.
The keyboard has a little brother : S.T.R.I.K.E. 3. Unfortunately it lacks mechanical switches, instead of them special membrane mechanism P.U.L.S.E. with the closest "actuation" and "return" points supplied with special wiring with protection against key ghosting is used. But the price is completely different.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
Customizable "membranes" are represented by the insanely expensive S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 with a remote LCD display, customizable blocks/surfaces/supports and its simplified version S.T.R.I.K.E. 5.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
The prices of these high-tech toys are outrageous, and in the heat of battle hardly anyone will be distracted by the built-in LCD display or the special keys scattered around it.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
Well, the membrane design though claimed to be "specially designed for gaming" and "withstanding 100500 presses" can never be compared with the accuracy and clarity of operation, alas, with mechanics.
The most interesting at Mad Catz

Gamepads and controllers

There’s lots and lots of stuff here: from mobile-optimized gamepads to virtual guitars. The most interesting things are the new L.Y.N.Xseries mobile controllers and the F.L.Y series "airplane" joysticks.
L.Y.N.X series is different in features and materials, but their basic functions are compactness, Bluetooth connection to Android and PC lightness and versatility. It is also possible to buy a module with a keyboard for chatting with opponents to put foul language without changing position.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
These gamepads are not officially available in Russia yet, but as soon as they are, we will make a detailed review of the whole line.
Virtual pilots may also like the "middle" in the line of Mad Catz F.L.Y. airplane joysticks. 5. The model is clearly designed for the opportunity to take your favorite iron with you to some event: handle can be detached from its base, and the base itself is easily folded into a compact and easy to carry "pancake".
The most interesting at Mad Catz
There are two RUDS with the possibility of combining them into one common unit to simplify the control of multiple engines. There are four function keys next to them. The joystick itself is decorated with a whole bunch of keys. The joystick has an amazingly precise stroke and a juicy click, four additional "weaponized" keys around the D-Pad, and a mini wheel under it. In addition to all this splendor the grip is adjustable by height and angle of the "head" part. Comfortable for players with any palm size and finger length: everything is adjustable in a wide enough range.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
I had the opportunity to compare the F.L.Y. 5 with one of the most popular joysticks in runet: the Cobra M5. Naturally, the tests were conducted in WarThunder. The only thing in which Mad Catz’s joystick is really inferior to the "legendary" Cobra – its double stick, however, more convenient than the "single" in F.L.Y. 5 (note: it’s already boring to put dots, but what can you do, such a job…). But the abundance of additional Controls on the joystick itself allowed to use the keyboard less often and to use the "cheater" technique with a reduced prop pitch and over-enriched mixture in "realistic" battles.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
With the Cobra M5, I had to get into the settings twice and switch the control to "simulation", adjust the engine mode, and switch back to "simplified" control.

New mice

If you were at IGROMIR, you might have noticed at the Mad Catz booth not only a mountain of gamepads and mice, but also the new flagship R.A.T. PRO X The viewers saw it completely disassembled, and it was quite difficult to understand its real possibilities of customization.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
We will definitely make a full review and analysis of this mega-mouse, but for now you can tell this. Absolutely everything is adjustable. From the behavior of the wheel (it uses an optical encoder): friction, inertia, "clicks" and speed of operation to the force on the mouse keys. You want a hard, springy click, you’re welcome. Soft and responsive to minimal force, that’s easy.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
The mouse sensor itself is also being replaced by a whole module: the Philips Twin-eye laser, ADNS-9800 and the PNW3310 optical are available to choose from. Now nobody will get offended, and fans of optical mice will not complain that nobody makes top solutions with classic sensors.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
The most interesting at Mad Catz
This also includes the choice of "feet" for your mouse. If you like Teflon glides, get Teflon glides. If you like new-fangled ceramic ones, you’ll get ceramic ones.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
The geometry of the mouse can be changed in quite a wide range, interchangeable pads of different sizes, materials and shapes allow you to adjust the device exactly to your own needs.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
The most interesting at Mad Catz
And most importantly : Mad Catz did not forget to release a simplified and lightweight in every sense "tournament" analog. Do you like weightless mice with a "classical" optical sensor and a minimum of bells and whistles – R.A.T. PRO S You’re sure to love it. 77 grams, quality materials, adjustable length and tilt of the "back", customizable DPI on the fly and built-in memory for storing settings, profiles and macros regardless of the software on your computer. All in all, a classic suite of gaming technology.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
That’s all for now. As soon as the new gadgets come into our possession – we will please with a detailed analysis and detailed review.
The most interesting at Mad Catz
The most interesting at Mad Catz

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