Mad Catz Keyboard

USB - 104 Keys - Black, Silver - Retail - MPN: PK17U
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Witness the true power of Cyborg and take your gaming to the next level with the Cyborg Keyboard range. When performance is key, customization is vital, and losing is not an option, only Cyborg brings the power you crave.
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Product Title Mad Catz Keyboard
Manufacturer Mad Catz
Lowest Price $75.89 from Mwave.com
Power Score 3.7 | 4 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Best Gaming Keyboard
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Oct 19, 2010

Bestcovery experts have rated the Saitek Cyborg Gaming Keyboard with Tri-Color Backlighting as a best pick for the Best Gaming Keyboard. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Mad Catz / Saitek Cyborg Gaming Keyboard PK17U
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 14 expert reviews for Mad Catz / Saitek Cyborg Gaming Keyboard PK17U and the average expert rating is 74 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Cyborg V.7 Gaming Keyboard
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Dec 28, 2009

The Cyborg V.7 Gaming Keyboard is a top-of-the-line gaming keyboard somewhat similar to the Cyborg V.5 Gaming Keyboard. The V.7 sports some basic features in common with the V.5, such as programmable function keys via bundled ST software and Anti-Ghosting for multiple simultaneous key presses. But otherwise sports features unique to lower-end Cyborg keyboards, namely: multi-colour Tru-Vu backlighting, a touch-sensitive dashboard control panel and pass-through connectors (USB, mic, headphones). The Cyborg V.7s multi-colour backlighting offers shade mixing and custom backlighting profiles for different games while a simpler Cyborg Mode button offers Windows key disabling and illumination of key gaming areas. Its touch-sensitive backlit control panel allows users to adjust backlighting, volume and media with a mere brush of the finger. Meanwhile, the Cyborg V.7s pass-through connectors offer quick access to key gaming ports without needing to dig around the back of your PC. Features Tru-Vu multi-color backlighting illuminations Touch-sensitive, backlit dashboard Control Panel ... PROS: (1) keys are easy to press, easy on your fingers (2) keys are lit up brightly enough to be noticeable even if the room isnt in total darkness (3) can press more than 3 keys at once and all keystrokes will register (4) metal keys are durable and will not break (5) mic/headphone input and USB port is perfect for a headset, very convenient ... CONS: (1) spacebar feels a little flimsy (2) handrest interferes a little with normal typing

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User Reviews
Warning: This keyboard may put you in the "Christmas spirit" all year round!
3 Star Review   By member wyndlpoons - Feb 25, 2009   

Strengths: A LOT of height/angle adjustment options on front and back. The keys have a nice feel to them. Special plating on heavily-used gaming keys is nice. Backlighting options are superb.

Weakness: Spotty software drivers. Can be expensive. Macro keys feel cheap/flimsy. "Knight Rider/KITT" aesthetic does not appeal to everyone.

I really do like this keyboard. The keys feel solid and do not have a "mushy" feel when pressed. For me, this is a big plus. One of the best features of this keyboard is the backlight options available. There are five backlight colors available, green, olive/lime green, light amber, amber/orange, and red. There are two "modes" that this keyboard can be put in, normal and gaming. In normal mode, the backlighting of all keys are one color and brightness of your choice. In gaming mode, you can choose the individual brightness and color of 5 predefined sections: macro keys, WASD keys, arrow keys, num pad, and the rest of the keyboard. This is a very cool feature, but the only problem that I have with it is that the color options available makes the keyboard look like a Christmas tree! Don't be surprised if you start singing "Jingle Bells" while pulling off headshots in your favorite FPS. The other great feature about this keyboard are the chrome plastic-coated keys. They have a distinct feel to them so it's really nice to not worry about whether your fingers are over the WASD keys simply because they do feel different. My eyes can remain on the gaming action. The final gimmick of this keyboard is a touch-sensitive control pad at the top. Volume controls, media center controls(play/pause, skip back/ahead), Gaming mode toggle, and backlighting controls are all contained here. Unfortunately, Saitek's drivers for this keyboard are not the most stable. My biggest problem in using the keyboard is that sometimes the drivers do not load on boot. This happens about 1 out of every 10 times. OSes I've used, and had this problem occur on are: XP, XPx64, and Windows 7 beta. When the drivers do not load, the keyboard is backlit but the color/brightness cannot be changed because those controls are in the touchpad, which needs the driver to work. Rebooting the computer usually corrects this problem. Also, at seemingly random times when I'm not using the keyboard, the drivers just cut out. When this happens, the touchpad does not work and, for some reason, the master volume will mute. You just have to go into the volume controls an unmute it, but this is a really large annoyance. This has happened on all of the OSes listed earlier also. Uninstalling/updating drivers have not had any effect. I've never had these type of driver problems with input devices before. I got this keyboard when it first came out. I am probably one of the few people who really like the original "Knight Rider" look of this keyboard. Despite the driver flaws, I'd still buy this keyboard, but not for more than $75. (I paid a lot more than that.) I would have rated this keyboard at least 4 stars if the drivers were stable.

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Witness the true power of Cyborg and take your gaming to the next level with the Cyborg Keyboard range. When performance is key, customization is vital, and losing is not an option, only Cyborg brings the power you crave.
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Product Title Mad Catz Keyboard
Manufacturer Mad Catz
Lowest Price $75.89 from Mwave.com
Power Score 3.7 | 4 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
Best Gaming Keyboard
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Oct 19, 2010

Bestcovery experts have rated the Saitek Cyborg Gaming Keyboard with Tri-Color Backlighting as a best pick for the Best Gaming Keyboard. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Mad Catz / Saitek Cyborg Gaming Keyboard PK17U
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 14 expert reviews for Mad Catz / Saitek Cyborg Gaming Keyboard PK17U and the average expert rating is 74 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Cyborg V.7 Gaming Keyboard
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Dec 28, 2009

The Cyborg V.7 Gaming Keyboard is a top-of-the-line gaming keyboard somewhat similar to the Cyborg V.5 Gaming Keyboard. The V.7 sports some basic features in common with the V.5, such as programmable function keys via bundled ST software and Anti-Ghosting for multiple simultaneous key presses. But otherwise sports features unique to lower-end Cyborg keyboards, namely: multi-colour Tru-Vu backlighting, a touch-sensitive dashboard control panel and pass-through connectors (USB, mic, headphones). The Cyborg V.7s multi-colour backlighting offers shade mixing and custom backlighting profiles for different games while a simpler Cyborg Mode button offers Windows key disabling and illumination of key gaming areas. Its touch-sensitive backlit control panel allows users to adjust backlighting, volume and media with a mere brush of the finger. Meanwhile, the Cyborg V.7s pass-through connectors offer quick access to key gaming ports without needing to dig around the back of your PC. Features Tru-Vu multi-color backlighting illuminations Touch-sensitive, backlit dashboard Control Panel ... PROS: (1) keys are easy to press, easy on your fingers (2) keys are lit up brightly enough to be noticeable even if the room isnt in total darkness (3) can press more than 3 keys at once and all keystrokes will register (4) metal keys are durable and will not break (5) mic/headphone input and USB port is perfect for a headset, very convenient ... CONS: (1) spacebar feels a little flimsy (2) handrest interferes a little with normal typing

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User Reviews
Warning: This keyboard may put you in the "Christmas spirit" all year round!
3 Star Review   By member wyndlpoons - Feb 25, 2009   

Strengths: A LOT of height/angle adjustment options on front and back. The keys have a nice feel to them. Special plating on heavily-used gaming keys is nice. Backlighting options are superb.

Weakness: Spotty software drivers. Can be expensive. Macro keys feel cheap/flimsy. "Knight Rider/KITT" aesthetic does not appeal to everyone.

I really do like this keyboard. The keys feel solid and do not have a "mushy" feel when pressed. For me, this is a big plus. One of the best features of this keyboard is the backlight options available. There are five backlight colors available, green, olive/lime green, light amber, amber/orange, and red. There are two "modes" that this keyboard can be put in, normal and gaming. In normal mode, the backlighting of all keys are one color and brightness of your choice. In gaming mode, you can choose the individual brightness and color of 5 predefined sections: macro keys, WASD keys, arrow keys, num pad, and the rest of the keyboard. This is a very cool feature, but the only problem that I have with it is that the color options available makes the keyboard look like a Christmas tree! Don't be surprised if you start singing "Jingle Bells" while pulling off headshots in your favorite FPS. The other great feature about this keyboard are the chrome plastic-coated keys. They have a distinct feel to them so it's really nice to not worry about whether your fingers are over the WASD keys simply because they do feel different. My eyes can remain on the gaming action. The final gimmick of this keyboard is a touch-sensitive control pad at the top. Volume controls, media center controls(play/pause, skip back/ahead), Gaming mode toggle, and backlighting controls are all contained here. Unfortunately, Saitek's drivers for this keyboard are not the most stable. My biggest problem in using the keyboard is that sometimes the drivers do not load on boot. This happens about 1 out of every 10 times. OSes I've used, and had this problem occur on are: XP, XPx64, and Windows 7 beta. When the drivers do not load, the keyboard is backlit but the color/brightness cannot be changed because those controls are in the touchpad, which needs the driver to work. Rebooting the computer usually corrects this problem. Also, at seemingly random times when I'm not using the keyboard, the drivers just cut out. When this happens, the touchpad does not work and, for some reason, the master volume will mute. You just have to go into the volume controls an unmute it, but this is a really large annoyance. This has happened on all of the OSes listed earlier also. Uninstalling/updating drivers have not had any effect. I've never had these type of driver problems with input devices before. I got this keyboard when it first came out. I am probably one of the few people who really like the original "Knight Rider" look of this keyboard. Despite the driver flaws, I'd still buy this keyboard, but not for more than $75. (I paid a lot more than that.) I would have rated this keyboard at least 4 stars if the drivers were stable.

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