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Fnatic miniSTREAK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review (Page 4)

By Chad Sebring from Aug 14, 2018 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Fnatic

Inside the miniSTREAK

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The keycaps are standard issue. They are molded with white plastic on the `inside, and each of them is painted black, leaving the legends clear for the backlit feature to work.

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Under the caps, we see that the keyboard is filled with Cherry MX Blue switches. There are tactile with a click heard from each press. We can also see that the torsion bars are built-in, and use dummy switches to support the larger keycaps.

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Opening the keyboard requires you to remove a dozen or so screws from the top plate, and then the keyboard can be split apart. We had to be careful due to the ribbon cables and the USB jumper cable. What we can see is many supports in the lower half of the frame, which supports the PCB, and removes all forms of vibration as well.

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Moving in closer to the PCB, we find that the cleaning process after doing a superb job on the soldering is done very well. There are no signs of flux left on the PCB, which alludes to the high quality of Fnatic keyboards, inside and out.

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Fnatic opts to use an MCU made by NXP, as was stated in the specifications. From what we can make out of the model number, this is the LPC11U37F/50. This is part of the 50MHz, 32-bit, ARM Cortex M0 family, and has all the grunt needed to store the profile data, take care of the communication to the PC, and deliver the rest of the features Fnatic built into this keyboard.

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There are many lighting modes to pick through, but we are showing the miniSTREAK rainbow mode that it is set to display out of the box. The colors are bright and do flood the steel plate a bit, especially when the ambient room lighting is low. While the lock LEDs stay white, all of the extra small buttons at the top are illuminated the same color as the keys next to them.

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One more feature of the miniSTREAK is this Fnatic nameplate. It is magnetically attached to the keyboard, and soon, Fnatic plans to offer optional plates with other names and words, even potentially gamer tags. Of course, with a 3D printer, some stencils, magnets, and a can of black paint, it can be done at home too.

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