Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Our only foray into Fnatic keyboards up until today has been with the RUSH G1 Silent keyboard. In that designs, we saw a typical keyboard design with sharp corners, a two-piece plastic frame, and while there were some standalone features other keyboards may not offer when compared against the masses of other options, it is hard to separate the RUSH from all of the others. The reason we bring all of this up is that with the newest keyboard to hit the desk for testing, that oversized chunkiness has been tossed out the door in favor of a sleeker, lighter, and more portable solution.
Opting this time for exposed switches and an exposed steel plate has allowed Fnatic to make one of the thinnest mechanical keyboards we have ever held in our hands. Not only that, but rather than square corners, all aspects of the frame have been rounded, bolstering looks, but also done for comfort. Fnatic has also included a three position wrist rest with a metal lower section, and a leather pad on to, again to add as much comfort as possible. Fnatic knows that not everyone games from their home PC and this keyboard is designed to be lightweight for ease of travel, and also comes with a detachable cable, which sports a USB Type-C connection.
While many of the keyboards we regularly see as quite similar in design, what you are about to see in the miniSTREAK from Fnatic breaks all of the rules. It encompassed all of the things we addressed above, but on top of that, we also can customize the keyboard with the Fnatic OP software, and one thing left out of the name of this product is the inclusion of RGB LED backlighting. For those tired of the massive, oversized, and clunky keyboard designs, Fnatic is offering a TKL keyboard perfect for those on the go, and even more perfect for those that are looking for comfort, even if you never travel once with the miniSTREAK RGB TKL mechanical gaming keyboard.
In the chart found on the Fnatic product site, we do see that the STREAK and the miniSTREAK share a specifications chart. For now, we will look to the right side of the chart, as that is what pertains to what we have. As mentioned, this is a Ten-Keyless keyboard, which means the number pad has been removed. The keyboard is 360mm wide, it is 142mm deep, and it is 36mm thick. The included wrist rest is 360mm wide, it is 52.5mm deep, and it is 19mm thick. All told the keyboard is very light, weighing in at just 704 grams, without the cable included.
Fnatic uses an NXP processor with 8MB of onboard memory, and this is also used to control the 16.8 million colors of RGB backlighting. The polling rate is set to a default of 1000Hz, the rubberized cable is 2.2 meters in length, and the miniSTREAK is backed with a two-year warranty. As far as switches are concerned, all options are Cherry MX. You have the choice of reds, browns, silent reds, and the blues that we have in ours. The last bits we see on the chart are mentions of the detachable cable, that there is a Function lock, and touches on the LED nameplate, but more on that later.
When looking to buy the miniSTREAK, not many hits show up on Google. We found that the keyboard can be purchased at Fnatic Shop with a price set at $99.99. We also saw a listing at BestBuy where the price has dropped $10, bringing it to a total of $89.99 (not including shipping). One other hint at the keyboard was found on Amazon, but we can only see the review page, as when we click the product link, we get an error. However, we were able to see the price with the reviews, and if they are in stock at Amazon, the cost there is only $69.99. With what is provided in the miniSTREAK from Fnatic, we feel that $99.99 is not out of the realm of reality. However, it does appear that if you are willing to do some legwork and wait it out, much better deals can be had too.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
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