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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.M GameSmart Mobile Keyboard Review

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   Smartphones and Tablets are part of our everyday lives and that's not something to go unnoticed by all the manufacturers out there so as expected really the mobile accessories market has grown exponentially over the last 5 years. Right now there's pretty much everything people may need to "enrich" their mobile experience including cases, screen protectors, chargers, stylus pens, charging cables, stands, Bluetooth HandsFree, speakers and car kits, car and bike holders, one touch buttons, selfie sticks and even wireless keyboards. Personally I’m not much into mobile accessories since my job has me spend most of my time in a lab but from time to time i do use one of the two tablets we have here (usually to post on Instagram) and i have to admit that a small Bluetooth keyboard would come in handy. Mad Catz released one such keyboard a few months back called the S.T.R.I.K.E.M and today we're taking a closer look at it.


   Established by passionate gamers in 1989, Mad Catz is a multi-category market leader capable of supporting consumers worldwide. Mad Catz products cater to users of in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows PC and Mac computers, smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices. At Mad Catz, it’s all about the game.


   Unlike regular sized keyboards or even tenkeyless ones the size difference between them and a wireless keyboard used for mobile devices is massive. Still although the S.T.R.I.K.E.M mobile keyboard may be rather small it's actually larger than most similar models in the market currently and if that wasn't enough to win it some points Mad Catz has also equipped it with P.U.L.S.E membrane switches (2mm travel distance with 60g of actuation force), optical finger navigation touch sensor with two buttons that can act as a mouse, dedicated media buttons, quick-switch between 4 paired devices, fully adjustable backlighting for the keys and a rechargeable battery that can power it for up to 18 hours (45 without backlighting). Sure it's not about to compete with its larger brothers the S.T.R.I.K.E.5 and S.T.R.I.K.E.7 (besides it wasn't designed with the same target audience in mind) but it sounds quite interesting so let's get close and personal with it.