Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
It has been a while since we last looked at a Fnatic keyboard, but in that miniStreak, we found a mechanical keyboard that was so well built, so light, and was a TKL solution, that we had to make it our daily driver. When allowed to have a look at the same thing in a full-sized variant, we took the keyboard without question, as we feel if the TKL is excellent, why should adding thirty-some extra keys to the right side of a keyboard change anything? In many of the features and the way it is laid out, we do not see many changes at all, but the one change is a significant difference, and that is the overall size of the keyboard, and the broader positioning of your hands while gaming.
The list of features to draw you into a keyboard such as this is plentiful! RGB LEDs is likely the most prominent point, but things like multiple profiles, on-the-fly adjustments, multimedia keys, volume scroll wheel, software, and all the while being an exposed frame design. The fact that it is lighter than many other mechanical keyboards is also a plus, especially for those who travel with their peripherals. One of the cooler features of this product is found in what is called a signature plate, which for now displays the Fnatic name. However, it is said that Fnatic has a service to offer gamer tags or whatever you would like to have displayed in text applied to a signature plate, making your STREAK a one-off!
With the fact that we already used and love the miniSTREAK, all the STREAK has to do is perform similarly, and we know the road to follow will be easy. Even though the STREAK is a full 104-key layout, plus a few extra keys here and there, we will not hold that against it. For those that felt the miniSTREAK was a solid contender for your money, but use the number pad too much to eliminate it, Fnatic has you covered! While most of this is a refresh for us, in the time between these two reviews we figure many of you may have forgotten about the fantastic products coming from the labs at Fnatic, and for those who prefer a larger mechanical gaming keyboard, you can now enjoy what we have been using for some time now!
Within the chart pulled from the STREAK product page, we see the first thing mentioned is its full size, which is a 104-key layout, plus an additional four buttons. From left to right, the STREAK is 440mm in width, from front to back is 141mm in-depth, and with the feet not extended the STREAK is 36mm tall. Also included in the box is a padded palm rest, which is as wide and tall as the keyboard, but is 51mm from the front to the back, but is adjustable to add more distance from the keyboard. All told, without the cable attached, the STREAK weighs in at just 962 grams!
The chart then moves on to the internal bits, where we see mention of an NXP MCU used along with its 8MB of onboard memory for profile and Macro storage. Each switch and the same goes for the extra four buttons and the signature plate, are backed with an individual RGB LED or a panel in the case of the signature plate, allowing for a choice of 16.8 million colors, as well as patterns. The polling rate for the STREAK is set to 1000HZ, and from what we saw in the OP software, it cannot be changed.
The remains of the chart hit on many areas. It starts with the mention of the 2.2-meter long cable that sports USB 2.0 connectors, one for the keyboard functionality, while the other is for the pass-through port. If one was to have an issue, the STREAK is covered by Fnatic for two-years. There are switch options, and red, silent red, blue, or brown switches can be looked for when it comes time to buy, and ours shipped with Cherry MX Blue switches. The additional features at the bottom of the list include a USB pass-through port, a Function Lock, the RGB LED nameplate (signature plate) and a metal volume wheel.
As we look for listings of the STREAK we see that Amazon is still getting the full MSRP of $129.99. We did find a listing for it at Newegg, but it is a third-party seller, and they want heaps of cash for it! As it stands, at nearly $130, the STREAK has a tough hill to climb. At that cost, you can get a ton of features from many manufacturers. However, there is a lot to be said for fell and comfort, as well as design. If like us, you do not prefer the chunky oversized options, and you want the look of exposed metal top plates, the group of possibilities gets smaller. For now, let's say that we feel it has what it takes to overcome the sticker price, but we need to look over things and test it out to see if the STREAK from Fnatic is the next gaming mechanical keyboard you should be on the hunt for!
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST