Inside the STREAK
The keycaps are standard fare across most of the industry. White plastic is used to mold the keycaps, and paint is then applied, leaving the legends exposed for light to pass through. Under the caps we see standard cherry stems used, and in the larger ones, we see supporting stems rather than torsion bar clips.
All of the keys except the four additional small buttons are backed with clear-bodied, blue-stem, Cherry MX switches with a tactile bump for actuation. The RGB LEDs are installed under the PCB, and in doing so makes the entire body glow, so that more than just the legends show illumination.
After removing seventeen screws, we were able to open the STREAK for a look inside. The lower plate opts for many small tabs to help reduce weight, but they still offer the rigidity of raised sections across the entire width we see in others. There is a small ribbon cable to worry about which powers the signature plate lighting, and we have also removed the USB cable to get it out of the way.
Choosing a random spot on the keyboard to look more closely at, we appreciate the level of detail and quality control taken here. Solder points are clean and precise. The PCB is clean of dust and any visible remains of flux residue. We have not a single thing to complain about internally!
At the helm of all control and communication, as well as the onboard storage, we have this MCU from NXP. All we can tell is that it is an LPC1100 model, which are ARM Cortex-M0 models and are 32-bit. With the feature set and software options available, we feel this is plenty of processor to handle the tasks at hand.
Once we have the STREAK back in one piece, we connected it to see what happens then. In doing so, we are shown a rainbow of colors, moving from the back row of keys forward. Illumination can be changed in various ways, but we would also like to mention that we have the palm rest extended as far forward as it can be placed, which allows those with longer hands a better chance at comfortable usage!