Inside the Ozone Strike Pro
As we first start to dissect the Strike Pro, we pulled a few of the key caps to see what is under them. We find Cherry MX red switches and individual LEDs under each cap. We also see external support bars for the larger caps, so be careful when removing not to break the tabs on the sides of the caps that attach to them.
The caps are single shot with a translucent white to allow the LED to pass through. Then each key has the rubberized coating applied leaving the legends to let the LED light through the plastic underneath it. Also be careful with your key puller as it will mar the side of the caps as seen at the bottom.
As we do more disassembly, we now have the PCB and steel plate out of the framing and can see the structural supports added to the bottom; we can also see just how thick the top plate is that surrounds them. This makes the Strike Pro very solid, and it is even hard to torsion flex this board.
While the board is functional and passed the QC standards of the sticker on the outside, internally things are not as clean. While a bit of flux residue is not going to kill anything prematurely, it is a sign that speed rather than cleanliness is top priority in the assembly facility.
The Holtek HT82A525R is the full speed, 16-bit MCU in charge of delivering all of the inputs to the PC as well as controlling the lighting effects and applying changes from the software into the controls that you want to have. This is plenty to power what this keyboard offers.
This Alcor AD6256 chip is in charge of the USB pass-through port and also offers LED channels by what the white papers shows. This may be how they are using white and red LEDs at once where most companies stick with just one color.
Speaking of the LEDs, with the Strike Pro all back together and powered, we can see the illumination of all of the keys as we also activated all of the locks. Normally Caps Lock, Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and the Number Lock keys have the LEDs on, but here they are off unless they are active.
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