Setup & Usage
The first thing you are going to want to do is charge up the S.T.R.I.K.E. M. It uses USB to charge so you can charge it with a USB wall charger, a computer or even a mobile charger. A red light will come on to let you know the keyboard is charged. A full charge should take around 4 hours and will give you around 30 hours of battery life.
Once you have the keyboard charged up turn it on and you are ready to pair your device. When you first turn the keyboard on it will be in pairing mode. From here you should see it listed in Bluetooth devices on the device you want to pair it with. Select it on your device, wait a few seconds and it will be paired. I had no problem pairing the device with my tablet, laptop, and Steam Machine. Remember you can pair with more than one device and easily cycle through them.
When you have the keyboard on the battery level meter will be illuminated as well as the device number on the far left of the keyboard. You can turn the backlighting on and off easily by pressing the brightness button. There are four different levels of brightness, and the illumination will turn off during operation if you are not using the keyboard, this will save your battery.
The illumination is actually quite bright, here is it compared to the illumination on our Lenovo Y500’s keyboard.
Using the keyboard takes a little bit to get used to as it is smaller than most keyboards. Once you get used to it, it is actually a very pleasant experience. While the keys are not mechanical they have a nice tactile feedback to them. This makes typing and gaming very responsive. I actually wrote a good part of this review using the keyboard! When it comes to gaming I have to say the keyboard is probably the best mobile keyboard I’ve used where I could actually play games proficiently. The oversized spacebar really helps out with that.
The media buttons are definitely a plus and the volume slider makes it easy to adjust your volume without having to physically press your tablet or leave your application / game to do it. The OFN sensor (trackpad) is great as it basically gives you a mouse in addition to a keyboard. This is great for tablets and makes navigating menus really easy.