Ozone Strike Pro Spectra Review

Towards the expensive end of the keyboard spectrum, one expects a solid build, great functionality, RGB lighting and a tool perfect to virtually reap the souls of enemies. Costing approximately €150, what does the Ozone Strike Pro Spectra pack that deserves the emptying of wallets? Let’s find out.

After opening the packaging and analysing the manual, extra rubber feet, CD driver and the sticker, picking up the keyboard is all that’s left to do. At 1.3 kg, the Strike Pro Spectra is a sturdy keyboard with an expected thickness that rewards the owner a flex less experience. Placing it down onto a desk, an experienced gamer will be pleasantly surprised with a subtle look. No ‘gamer’ colours which resemble a child’s imagination, but a matte black finish punctuated with a unique font mixed with capitalised and non-capitalised letters. This keyboard is definitely usable in a serious environment such as work, as the font does not wish to eat you alive, which is already a unique quality for such a product. The soft touch feel on the surface is created by a soft layer of rubber and feels lush. On the underside of the keyboard lie 4 frontal rubber feet, all replaceable and a couple of retractable ones at the head to possibly add some angle. Between the retractable legs are three channels for the wire to pass through to facilitate wire management. Speaking about the wire, it’s a lovely thick and braided cable with 4 ends, a couple USB 2.0s with a microphone and headphone input to allow use of I/O at the top-right of the keyboard. All connections are gold-plated to ensure the fastest transactions of information. Without connecting anything, a positive impression can easily be induced from a sleek and minimalistic look. Yet, looks may be deceiving. What is it like to use the Strike Pro Spectra?

Pretty great for the most part is a concise answer. On this keyboard, there is the choice of purchasing MX Cherry Red, Blue, Brown or Black switches. An element of choice is always pleasant to see. Paired with whatever switch you choose is the narrow wrist rest. Unlike other high-end keyboards with cushions is the rubbery plastic. Of course, the rest does offer support and a surface to rest palms, yet there are a few negatives. First of all, such a material does tend to make hands sweat easily and the finish attracts dust and oils. It’s comfortable, but not for extra-long gaming sessions, when things may start to get messy. Also, it’s much advised to not raise keyboard using the stands as the mentioned thickness will result in wrist aches. Always use flat unless one has a wrist cushion to raise hands. Apart from the rest, the typing experience is affected by other details. Anti-ghosting of 104 keys is a welcome addition which helps deliver each press and the surface of the keys is a standard plastic concave dome which gets the job done. At first, the top row of keys may seem confusing; with macros and RGB effects married to the function keys. After a while, it’s easily understood. Both shifts are present and the right Windows key is replaced by an Ozone button, whose function will be described later on. User experience is mainly positive with only minor drawbacks ruining the perfection. Yet, there are so many features to mention which definitely make these little flaws take a backseat.

These features are what differentiate this keyboard from the original Strike Pro, bringing the whole spectrum of colours, hence the word ‘Spectra.’ Before using the full RGB 16.8 million colours, the driver must first be installed either using the internet or the given disk. The setup process is seamless and over quickly, with a required restart before the fun may begin. Lighting effects consist of ripple, static, breathe, wave, ripple, reactive and custom modes at three levels of brightness. The software is extremely user-friendly and I find it to be in direct competition with Razer and Corsair in this dimension. Colours are rich, saturated and bright. An Ozone button may be used to change these effects on the go, using the understandable symbols below the function keys. It should be mentioned that using lock keys, will prevent them from RGB colours due to a white backlight. Also, activating ‘game mode’ using this button will reduce response time and increase polling rate to ensure the fastest feedback when it’s most important. Keyboard layout may also be customised in the software. However, creating Macros will need a quick drive over a learning curve and there doesn’t seem to be a way to link to other Ozone peripherals. When mastering macro creation is complete, they may be saved onto the onboard memory so that they’re always there. With traditional and unique lighting effects, Ozone has created a keyboard bursting with effects. After a while, the novelty of the colours will wear off, but the quick ‘game mode’ switching will always excite gamers.

It’s safe to say, that not many people talk about this keyboard, with popular brands such as Razer and Corsair blocking out the light. Yet, with a torch, one could discover such a treasure. At its price, bang in the middle between 100 and 200 euros, it’s perfect for those who want to purchase a fancy keyboard with effects but wouldn’t mind saving a bit of cash. The Ozone Strike Pro Spectra is definitely a piece of hardware to look out for, and if one could grab a cushion rest, this is possibly the best keyboard available for the price.

Who it’s for:

  • Gamers looking for high-end performance at lower price
  • RGB enthusiasts
  • Those looking for a mechanical solution for work and play
  • Gamers who want accessible usb with mic, headphones ports
  • Those looking for a slim and minimalistic look without sacrificing spacing
  • Persons who need a sturdy build quality to last

Who it’s not for:

  • Gamers without a budget looking for the most popular brands
  • Gamers with a tight budget
  • Easily confused persons
  • Those looking for a metal build
  • Those who want to connect all peripherals with the same software

Get yours now from The Gamers Lounge : http://shop.gamers.com.mt/product/365/ozone-strike-spectra-mechanical- keyboard

 

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