Fnatic hit us right in the feels with this one. It was almost as if we had called up Fnatic and was like, hey guys, I want the coolest TKL mechanical keyboard you all can come up with. Make it light, easily portable, compact, stylish; oh, and don't forget the RGB LEDs. Considering what we saw initially from Fnatic, this is a complete departure, taking Fnatic keyboards to an entirely new level of awesomeness. Painting the aluminum top plat blue is sleek looking, without being boring.
The keys with dual functionality are user-friendly, and additional buttons like the Function lock and the Competitive Mode button make it so that when gaming, accidents cannot happen, and you find yourself out of the game and dead by the time you return. As light and compact as this keyboard is, do not let it sway you into thinking it is of low-quality. The reality is quite the opposite, and in all aspects of the build, components used, and in the finished product. It will only take but a few minutes of use to know you have a top-tier product under your fingers.
Additionally, Fnatic added that leather wrist rest, and on its own is something many users like to have to help raise the wrists into better alignment with the taller keycaps. Fnatic does not stop there though. This rest has the ability that the leather pad is removable from the lower metal frame. Doing so allows the rest to ride on one of three ridges in the metal frame, to deliver optional positioning for the individual user.
Being one of the first to offer a detachable cable with a USB Type-C connection may seem like not such a big deal, but for those who have had to play the flip the cable game to connect them to conventional keyboard will know how nice it is just to make an attempt once and be done with it. The wire management trail removes stress for the connectivity point, and we do not miss the braided cloth covering many other keyboards come with. On top of all of this, we still need to mention the Fnatic OP software. While not the perfect answer to everyone's desires, it hits on all of the major points of control and customization, which is something that many gamers love about mechanical gaming keyboards.
While we did see hints of a spectacular price point at Amazon, where the miniSTREAK was shown to cost just $69.99, without current stock, we cannot count it as fact. The link to BestBuy is legit, and saving ten dollars off the MSRP is saving money, and that money could go towards something else. For the vast majority of customers, you will be looking at listing much closer to the MSRP of $99.99, and even so, we do not see how anyone will feel they have gotten a raw deal once they get a chance to unbox and use the miniSTREAK mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Fnatic. Whether using it as the daily driver for work or using it for hours of gaming, we can find no reason, other than a desperate need for a number pad, to consider buying anything else.
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The Bottom Line: Being lightweight, compact, full of features, completely portable, affordable, and being one of the best TKL keyboards we have ever used, are all great reasons why you too should own the miniSTREAK from Fnatic!
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