Inside the Rush G1
Removing some of the keycaps, we not only see Cherry MX Red switches, but we can also see that the steel plate matches the theme. This means that the red LEDs on each switch will deliver a deeper red, as they do not have to play with another color to do so. The last thing worth mentioning is that the torsion bars are exposed, so exercise caution when removing the longer keycaps.
The keycaps are typical to what we find on most of the mechanical keyboards out there. The keys are molded with white plastic, and once cooled, are painted with a black coating. The legends are left blank to allow the red LEDs to show through the keycaps.
Removing seven screws and some gentle prying will split the frame into its two components. The lower section has ribs to help support the steel plate and eliminate vibrations, while the top part is a cover, and only has white tubes added to help project the lock LEDs through the frame.
Picking a random location on the PCB, not only does the PCB match all the red accents everywhere else, but we see some of the cleanest workmanship ever with the Rush G1. The solder points are precise, and there is no evidence at all of left over flux or any residue for that matter.
The MCU soldered to the PCB of the Rush G1 is the Freescale/NXP Semiconductors MC9S08JM16. This is an 8-bit, low-cost, high-performance processor, which is more than enough to power the Rush G1 and the features it offers.
For those of you who wondered what is controlling the pair of USB 2.0 ports on the Rush G1, here it is. The controller used is the Genesys Logic GL805G. We have seen this used many times, and experience has proven this to be a solid, issue-free, well-known option to use.
After reassembly, we powered the keyboard by connecting the cable, and what you see here is the brightest of what the Rush G1 is capable of. Under our lights, it appears to be dim but is much brighter with less ambient light. We also see that the number lock, Caps lock, and the Fnatic Gear mode indicator LEDs are also red to go with the theme.
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