While I never got to try out the original keyboard to sport the Strike naming, The Strike Pro is a really good product. It is structurally sound; it is a mechanical switch based keyboard and offers a lot of years of use to come. Its sleek look, with just the use of a rubberized coating, some strategic naming, and a dual LED backlit theme, is what makes this keyboard stand out against many others already on the market. That is just the basics as well, because once you add in the software into the mix, you could get lost for days trying to find more things to program to this keyboard. Along with the onboard memory to store all of those settings, being able to change the response rate of the keys as well as polling rate on-the-fly is something any gamer can truly appreciate, because you die when you pause to go to the software.
Technically, while not the cleanest PCB or the thickest steel plate on the market, there is no harmonic ripple running through the keyboard that some keyboard have, and the lack of flux removal just means to me the speed is a priority when assembling these, or they never think people will need to look that close, but spill a beverage in a keyboard once and see how long it takes to get to that point of the tear down. On the flip side of that coin, once the Strike Pro is connected and the software is in, not only do Macros come into play, and thirty of them at that, but the software also allows users to repurpose the main number and letter keys to be bound to other keys.
So while games all like to try and contort your left hand across the keyboard, rather than changing the game settings, you can adjust the keys on the keyboard to be closer to the left hand and much easier to use. Then with multimedia keys and the red and white LED lighting options across the keys, it does take the Ozone Strike Pro to the top of the masses of keyboards out there.
While we did not spend as much time with this product as we do with some others, even with the fact that Cherry MX reds and I do not get along due to my sausage-like fingers always hitting multiple keys at once, we still had a blast gaming and typing with this keyboard. Ozone may not have been on our radar before, but if they keep releasing products like the Neon we looked at a bit ago and this Strike Pro we saw today, they are going to start taking more and more market share and become a serious contender to the likes of Corsair, CoolerMaster, and many of the other companies spreading into the mechanical keyboard game over the last few years.
In the end, we really liked the Strike Pro; we just wish we had gotten something with a bit more resistance and spring pressure, but for the gamers out there, most don't want the clickity-clack of other switches. Rather, they prefer the near silence of Cherry MX reds, and we can see why Ozone went this route for the review sample. Also with the average pricing that it takes to make the Strike Pro your own, it is just another tick in the plus column as to why you should get your hands-on your very own Strike Pro backlit mechanical gaming keyboard.
PRICING: You can find the Ozone Strike Pro for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Ozone Strike Pro retails for $153.93 at Amazon.
Canada: The Ozone Strike Pro retails for CDN$169.52 at Amazon Canada.