Fnatic ear may not have been on the scope when it comes to tracking what peripherals you want to buy next, but in what the Rush G1 Silent has given us in our time with it, we strongly suggest you add them to the top of the list. The matte black finish is attractive, the easy to use wrist rest is near genius, and as hard as it is to say as a reviewer, we love the fact that the Rush is not overloaded with things most will never use. Yes, you can find keyboards out there with many more features, more in-depth software, and RGB LED lighting, but most times, none of that is needed when it comes to gaming. This is where Fnatic Gear excels. They deliver everything you need to get by, while enjoying using it, not staring at the lighting or trying to figure out how to program the software. Sometimes simplicity is the key, and the Rush G1 proves that to be true.
Only a couple of minor issues plague this product, and only in specific instances. Initially, we did find that the feet would collapse if we slide the keyboard back, but this is rectified by not using a rubber desk mat as we do, or simply lifting the keyboard and not being lazy. The second thing we ran into was the gear icon in the Macro editor. We assumed it might open more abilities to the Macro programming, or allow us to edit what we had entered, but we never got to see as the software continued to crash trying to use it. That is all we have though. Nothing detrimental, as the Rush G1 is solid, vibration free, and in no time at all, it was like meeting up with an old friend we had not seen in a while. After about five minutes of catching up and assessing the situation, it was life as usual with a keyboard which is great for gaming or typing.
One thing we cannot account for is the feel of the switches in this Rush G1. Side by side with a Corsair keyboard we have yet to test, we can immediately feel a difference between them, and both are based on Cherry MX Red switches. We looked at the stems on the keycaps, thinking they might be larger, offering a tighter fit, to explain the solid and not wobbly feel of each press. That wasn't it. We then thought maybe Cherry screwed up and added stiffer springs to a batch of red switches, so we broke out the nickels. We could stack ten of them on the Corsair switch before it completely collapsed, and the Rush G1 took eleven, which is the difference of five grams. Not enough to account for the difference in feel. At this time, we are still unsure as to why the Rush G1 has such a superior fell to the switches, but in the end, we don't care, as it makes the Fnatic Gear Rush Silent stand out in the crowd.
With everything we have covered, we cannot think of a single reason to shy away from the Rush G1 Silent keyboard. You may be able to find something with more flash and a richer feature set, but is the increase in cost involved to get them worth it? Likely the answer is no. You will get everything you want to get right to gaming comfortably with the Rush, and many may opt never to install the software at all. For those of you who like shortcuts and Macros, you will want to install the software, and also be able to program up to fifty various commands across the five profiles. It comes with a wrist rest which is a big decider for many users, the feel is like no other, and anyway you look at things, for just $90, you will be hard pressed to find another keyboard which has impressed us as much at the Rush G1 Silent Gaming Keyboard has.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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The Bottom Line: The Rush G1 proves you do not have to go overboard to sell a superior product. The feel is fantastic, the price is right, and while it may not have all the bells and whistles, it does not need them to impress the masses. The Rush G1 has it where it counts, and that is all that matters!
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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]