may not be the best known name in the electronics accessory business, but odds are that you may have used one of their products before. They manufacture everything from fully licensed controllers for your Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, to Rock Band and Guitar Hero branded instruments. They are also the folks behind the very popular Street Fighter Arcade Fight sticks.
For this review, Geeks.com
has sent over one of Mad Catz marquee products, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Elite USB gaming keyboard. The Call of Duty branded keyboard is essentially the same product as their Cyborg V.7 Keyboard
, but with a few minor enhancements which we'll get to shortly.
Readers at Bigbruin.com should be very familiar with Geeks.com, as we have covered a wide array of products from their inventory over the years. They carry all sorts of computer components, and have a section dedicated to cheap gaming keyboards
, where the Mad Catz unit can be found when in stock. For those that are not familiar with Mad Catz, let's take a look at a blurb on them taken from the About Us
page on their website...
"Mad Catz is a leading global provider of innovative products for the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz develops and markets accessories for videogame systems and PCs under its Mad Catz (casual gaming), Saitek (simulation), Cyborg (pro gaming), Eclipse (home and office) and TRITTON (gaming audio) brands. Mad Catz also operates e-commerce and content websites for videogame and PC products under its GameShark brand, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary earphones under its AirDrives brand and publishes and distributes video/PC games. Mad Catz distributes its products through most of the leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia."
With that out of the way, let's take a look at the details of our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 branded keyboard:
» Officially licensed CoD: Modern Warfare 2 artwork
» Enhanced 104-key QWERTY layout
» USB interface w/USB & 3.5 mm audio pass-throughs
» Tri Vu independent backlighting (Red, Amber, Green colors)
» Independent lighting of WASD, arrow, Cyborg, & Num Pad
» Cyborg Mode disables Windows keys and adjusts brightness & color of gaming keys
» Key illumination settings are preserved after system reboot
» Twelve (12) programmable Cyborg keys
» Touch-sensitive backlit dashboard panel
» Multimedia controls (Next, Back, Play/Pause, Mute, Volume)
» Keyboard/Cyborg mode & Windows key lock indicators
» Pass-through function provides USB port, audio out and microphone jacks
» Gold-plated connectors
» Adjustable wrist rest
» 62-inch/1.5 meter (approximate) cable length
» Supports Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and 7
» Lead-free components (RoHS compliant)
» Powerful ST Programming Software - Create profiles for each game that you play in order to save different button configurations.
» Input: DC 5V
» Consumption: 500 mA (max.)
» Unit Dimensions: 1.75 x 21.25 x 10-inches (H x W x D, approximate w/wrist rest attached)