Accessory makers have gone to great lengths to make tablet keyboards that turn the iPad into a productivity workhorse, but the gaming industry is lagging when it comes to dedicated devices that help make video game play more convenient. Mad Catz is doing something about that. Not only is the company’s iPad friendly MFi controller nearly ready for release, but now Mad Catz’s S.T.R.I.K.EM, which features some dedicated gaming options, is now available for sale.
The S.T.R.I.K.EM is a lightweight Bluetooth keyboard that can be used with a variety of operating systems, including iOS, Android, and Windows. It features an Optical Finger Navigation sensor with dedicated mouse buttons. That means, without needing a separate device, you can navigate the screen for Internet browsing or playing touch-based games. Use the built-in trackpad to move your cursor around on the screen.
The keys use Mad Catz custom Micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor technology, which responds to 60g of actuation force. Any gamer will tell you that responsive keys are the most important aspect of a keyboard.
Shortcut keys include Back, Home, and Recent apps, which make it easier for you to get in and out of your game without effort. Plus, since the shortcut keys are accessed with the function button, you won’t accidentally leave a game while in the middle of a firefight.
Thanks to the keyboard’s Bluetooth Classic connection, you can pair up to four devices, including different operating systems. A dedicated device button lets you cycle through your iPad, iPhone, PC, and more.
Of course, the S.T.R.I.K.EM features a backlit keyboard so you can play games late at night, in the dark. The slim fit makes the keyboard perfect for taking with your anywhere you go. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 45 hours.
The S.T.R.I.K.EM is available in gloss black, gloss white, and gloss red for $99.99. Order yours from the company’s website today and you’ll be playing mobile games on your iPad like a boss.