We tested the Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 mouse before, a mouse that can be customised heavily in order to fit your hand with lots of accessories and movable parts. In the middle of last year they launched the S.t.r.i.k.e. 7 gaming keyboard, which also has lots of customising options. Hardware.Info tested this modular keyboard to find out what it has to offer that other gaming keyboards don't.
There are a total of seven components that can be attached to the keyboard. It has a touch screen control panel, four large macro buttons, a height-adjustable wrist support with scroll wheel and extra button, two separate wrist supports and a lose numpad that also has the arrow keys. This makes many combinations possible. You can for example choose to leave off the numpad, if you never tend to use that part of the keyboard. The display with the extra macro keys can be attached to both parts. The wrist rests are extendable.
The keys themselves employ dome switches, and are not mechanical keys that you might expect on a dedicated gaming keyboard. The manufacturer claims this was preferable not in order to keep the cost down, but because it allows for a much more attractive backlighting that's simply not possible with Cherry MX switches. Mechanical keys only allow for the printed part to be illuminated, and a mechanical keyboard isn't automatically superior by default to one with dome switches. The S.t.r.i.k.e. 7 keyboard has an excellent stroke and the hardware offers lots of extra features. The arrow and WASD keys are interchangeable with heavier keys that have a somewhat heavier touch, which can be useful during gaming.