Mad Catz V.7 Keyboard for PC
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- Media keys and hard wearing surfaces
- Fully programmable with included SST software
- Tri-Color Backlighting
- Adjustable gaming keyboard
- True-Vue Key Illumination
- Multi-color Backlighting - Tru-Vu illuminations allow you to set the mood and illuminate your world, mixing shades from Red through Amber to Green.
- Touch-sensitive, backlit dashboard Control Panel - Configure your lighting, media and volume controls with the brush of a finger.
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- Brand Name: Mad Catz
- Model Number: MCB43107N0B2/04/1
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Keyboard Description: QWERTY
- Color: Black
The Saitek PK17U standard Mad Catz keyboard inherits the great features of its predecessors while bringing even more incredible features, including ergonomically placed Windows and Internet shortcut keys, height adjustment and a removable wrist rest.
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The keyboard keys themselves are nice, the plating on WASD and the arrow keys are a nice touch, made me feel like they actually wouldn't wear away (as if that would ever be a problem). It's also good height even without using the legs on it, and there are two different leg lengths on the keyboard which is great.
The wrist guard it comes with is really just "okay", a little big but not exactly comfortable but not uncomfortable either. The real problem with it, for me at least, was that it never fully attached to the keyboard. It had the tendency to slide around a little making it annoying.
Now for the juicy reason as to why it's a 2 star review. (Foreword: I'm running Windows 7, have plenty of extra power on PC, and used multiple ports on mobo, case, and various USB hubs while trying to unfuckulate this keyboard.)
The "buttons" on the top ultimately stopped functioning after about 2 weeks. I used the button to turn on the lights about three or four times before those just gave up. I couldn't turn the lights on, couldn't change the color when they were on sometimes, and the same for the brightness. Completely unresponsive to my various tapping pressures. The only way I found to fix it was to unplug it then plug it back in and that seldom worked. And like I said in the foreword, I tried so many different ports to see if it would fix itself. Nope. So that was a bust, I ultimately left the lights on it off since they would turn off by themselves after about 20 minutes of being on anyway.
The programmable keys are okay, kind of a leap to use them in high-octane situations but they're okay. Okay?
The drivers and software for this keyboard feel like it's from the '90s which is not so okay. Very ugly even for MAD CATZ.
And oh sweet Jesus H. Christ the audio issues I had when this monster was plugged in was insane. When I said NONE of the control buttons worked I meant NONE of them. As a matter of fact the mute button was so counterproductive it's the main reason why I dumped this for some Red Dragon keyboard for like $35.
Imagine you're listening to music/middle of a vidya game/watching a video etc. and then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason at all, everything goes mute. You go and try to turn the volume up but guess what? It slides back down to 0 no matter what you do. You've a few options from here. Restart your computer or try and reconnecting your keyboard. Both are extremely annoying and I found that restarting my computer is the only guaranteed way to get audio control back. Not exactly something I liked doing in the middle of talking to friends or what have you.
Any slight nudge, movement, or a beam of moonlight shining off a mirror could trigger the weird auto-mute. It would get more and more constant the longer I had the dumb thing.
The only slightly redeeming audio quality was the headphone USB/jacks on the keyboard itself. It can be useful, but not pretty (if you're ornery about being neat) if you have 7m of bundled up cord near your monitor.
Ultimately I would never ever spend as much money as I did on this again, or any MAD CATZ product (unless it's a RAT 3) seeing as how I got literally no support from them what-so-ever and came looking to these reviews for solutions to our unsolvable problems.
Lesson learned I suppose.
Out of nowhere my volume bar on the screen would pop up raising the volume to 100% and it would not go away, I tried manually toning down the volume by of course dragging down the bar but it was useless because it would just raise again. I uninstalled my sound drivers and reinstalled them, unplugged speakers, disabled anything that would make sure in order to find the solution... Turns out the keyboard was causing it, there is a volume panel on the touch-section of the keyboard and apparently it got stuck or something but I unplugged it and plugged it back, I played with the touch panel for a while (raising and lowering volume, changing keyboard lighting, turning MadCat Mode on/off) and ever since then it has not happened again.
- Also, this keyboard is massive, literally almost has the size of my 27" monitor so its about 24-25" so make sure you got space.
Overall this keyboard is awesome and every time I look at it I'm stunned so +1
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