One of the most unique keyboards on the planet is now available for pre-order. It's the 'S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Professional Gaming Keyboard' (Strike 5, from here on out) from Mad Catz, and this thing puts the mod in modularity. Now available in "limited quantities," the Strike 5 consists of five separate hardware modules that you can attach, detach, and rearrange to suit your gaming style.
I actually had the chance to play with one of these a few weeks ago and it's every bit as funky as it looks. It's also extremely large with all the pieces attached, no matter how you arrange them.
"The Strike 5 features a modular design allowing gamers to rearrange the configuration of the keyboard modules to better suit their preferred method of play," Mad Catz explains. "Alongside dedicated buttons for macro commands and media controls, the unique E.Y.E. OLED Command Module functions as the brains of the keyboard, allowing gamers to adjust multiple aspects of their gaming environment including speaker/microphone volume, backlighting brightness, multiple Respawn Timers and a game, website and application launcher."
There are a total of 21 programmable macro keys to play with, providing up to 63 user-definable commands via three separate modes. The Strike 5 also boasts 16 million color RGB backlighting, detachable numpad, 3.5mm headset port, and a microphone port.