Strike With Force
Singapore’s uprising gaming peripheral maker, Armaggeddon have yet to set foot in Australian territory. So they’ve sent us a few products to have a look at and share our thoughts on what we think of it. First of all we have the Strike Eagle MKI-3 Mechanical Keyboard. The keyboard sits in a budget range of $89 RRP which is considerably cheap when in comparison to bigger known brand models. Is there a catch to it? We find out.
- Red Mechanical Switches
- Tenkeyless Compact Layout
- Standard Key Profile
- 5 Macro Keys
- 1.8M Braided USB
- $89 AUD RRP
The Strike Eagle is a small and compact mechanical keyboard that takes up less footprint on your desk. The design strikes a blend of black and yellow to create a unique colour layout not seen on any other mechanical keyboards. Smaller yes but the design really packs an aggressive look. Included in the box are a bunch of extra keys as well so if you don’t fancy the bright yellow WASD setup, you can swap it out for black ones.
The model we reviewed comes in Red Mechanical Switches but after a closer look, they are in fact not the signature Cherry branded Red Switches. The ones in this keyboard were another brand (was hard to determine which one) however it does feel almost identical. You probably won’t feel the difference but if you’re picky on the actual Cherry brand switches, you’ll probably need to spend a little more money to get the proper ones.
General usage on the Strike Eagle feels fine but the smaller design means you’ll have to get used to the squashed in setup. Fine for quick & portable use but my hands felt uncomfortable quick during prolonged periods. The key surface on the caps are quite questionable as it slippery than grippy often making the setup a chore to use. Other mechanical keyboards have a more rugged coated cap which easily allows tighter and more precise presses which the Strike Eagle lacks slightly because of it’s design.
I managed to put through this keyboard through it’s paces by chucking a few games like Battlefield 3 to see how well it performs. The results were good but could have been better, the layout does feel awkward so I tried my hardest to get used to it. I eventually did succumb to the compact design but it still felt like it wasn’t naturally fitting for my keyboard. Other than that, the Red Switches did a good job. The force of the switch felt similar to a real Cherry MX Red.
The Strike Eagle is a good keyboard but it does lack some comfort factors that a gamer needs. The design is striking yet feels overall cheap and not sturdy. It’s not the best out there on the market but it’s one of the better priced. If you’re after a cheap entry into the mechanical keyboard world, the Strike Eagle which is priced at $89 could be your best bet.
Most likely the best entry into mechanical keyboards for the price.