Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Anyone hip to eSports knows of the Fnatic Gear name, and while newer to the game than many other companies, they were able to impress us with their products so far. Of course, we have only our experiences with the Clutch G1 to base this off of, with what we saw from Fnatic Gear so far, we do know that they have their head in the game, and know what users want from their peripherals. While visually, Fnatic Gear products may seem a bit standard on first glance, but once you spend some time with them, it isn't long before you realize there is something special about these devices.
Since Fnatic Gear has had some time developing mice like the Clutch and the Flick, it only makes sense for them to start their journey into keyboards as well. Not just the ordinary keyboards either, ones that are tuned for the gamer, and while using a widely available mechanical switch, delivers a feel found in no other Cherry MX Red switch keyboard we have ever used. Now, this keyboard is not all decked out with fancy RGB LEDs, nor is the software all that involved. What you are about to find here today is a mechanical gaming keyboard which is tuned to the basic needs of all gamers, as not to be a distraction, but to be used as a tool of war to deliver effortless control while playing any game.
Fnatic Gear has brought forth the Rush Pro, or Rush G1, keyboards, depending on where you look for the name. This mechanical keyboard may have simple styling, but with some of the features not always found on a gaming keyboard, Fnatic Gear can deliver exactly what is needed, without crossing the line into obscure and unneeded add-ons. Since this is the first attempt to please the masses with a single keyboard, we do think we should cut Fnatic Gear some slack, as what we will compare it to, those companies have had years of development to improve on things. However, the reality is, Fnatic Gear hit the nail on the head with the Rush G1 Silent mechanical gaming keyboard, and we are about to show you why.
From what we see on the Fnatic Gear website, this keyboard is identified at the Rush Pro Silent Gaming keyboard. The thing is though, if you look on the packaging, the keyboard is identified as the Rush G1 Silent Gaming keyboard, but no matter how you try to look it up, we always come back to the same product. The chart that Fnatic Gear provides is not very forthcoming with details, but it does offer the basics. We can see that the Rush measures 448mm from the left side to the right side, from the front edge to the back edge is 148mm of a keyboard, and to the top of the last row of keycaps, it stands 33mm tall. All told, not including the cable and add-on parts, the Rush weighs in at 1275 grams. The cable may vary in length between 1.8 meters and 2.0 meters, but as of this moment, no matter the layout options, the Rush keyboards are based on Cherry MX Red switches.
What they do not mention is a list nearly as long. The frame is a two-piece design, where the steel plate is sandwiched between layers of plastic, enveloping the switches, so that they are not exposed. The top surface of the keyboard frame has a rubber coating applied to it, to make moving it around much easier. The Rush is backlit, and while the only color to pick is red, there are four levels of intensity as well as a pulse mode. There are multimedia keys, there are profile keys, a Fnatic mode to lock specific keys, and the keyboard is software supported, allowing users to set up to ten Macros per each of the five profiles.
Since we were already browsing the product page, immediately following the name of the keyboard, Fnatic Gear shows the €89.99 MSRP. For those who are currency conversion challenged, that works out to roughly $103 on our side of this big blue ball. Looking locally for a price, we see that there are two versions of this keyboard. One of them is listed with Brown switches, and the other shows to be fitted with red switches. As for the version we have, the price on Amazon is set at $89.99, while the brown switch version is $10 less. Looking at Newegg for the same keyboard, we find there to be three versions shown there. The brown option is listed at $99.99, the red option is listed the same, and the third, blue switch version, again, is listed at $99.99. Of course, we like the pricing at Amazon better, and also ships free to Prime members. With what you are about to see, we feel that the near $90 price is on point, as we do get the features we need, and a switch feel that we have never experienced on any keyboard utilizing Cherry MX Red switches.
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Last updated: Sep 25, 2019 at 12:22 am CDT
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Fnatic Gear Rush G1 Silent Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Rush G1 Continued]
- Page 5 [Inside the Rush G1]
- Page 6 [Rush Gear Settings Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]