For us, Fnatic has once again done what it has in the past, impress!
From the high-end packaging to the first look of the blue top plate with all of the black keys, popping against the yellow internal packaging, it is all done to impress. Out of the box, it is no less impressive. A lightweight, full-sized keyboard, with a minimalist appeal and all the RGB, LED goodness you can handle! Even though, when it came to building the STREAK, we find a bit of torsional flex at end to end of the keyboard, once set on a desk or in your lap, the keyboard shows no signs of vibrations, and with the palm rest, which is adjustable by the way, it make use time with the STREAK more enjoyable, less stressful, and allowing you to spend more time in-game or typing a thesis, the STREAK can handle both! We also loved the on-the-fly Macro system, ability to swap profiles, change the lighting, and enable competition mode, all without the need for software.
To obtain full control of all of the bells and whistles, it is advised you grab the Fnatic OP software. Not only are various lighting modes available which cannot be obtained with the keyboard alone, but you can also customize the lighting to whatever color you choose. The software allows you to program all of the profiles fully, you can remap the keyboard with a dual-layer, you can access the six F-keys for whatever you use most, and while the Macro editor is not the best in the game, it is plenty to get most users by. Windows Locks are all the rage, and while some allow for specific keys to be eliminated from use, not many will allow the user to pick and choose what to be active and not.
With the competition mode option, you can adjust it to a game, use of a spreadsheet, or disable everything and use it as an added layer of protection from someone typing away at your PC. The software combined with switches everyone will recognize, and a processor cable of powering more than what the STREAK can demand, in all aspects, it seems the STREAK is everything we liked about its little brother, the miniSTREAK.
There are many mechanical keyboards with RGB LEDs in this price range. Most of them have a similar feature set, so we can take that bit out of the equation. With the STREAK it is more about presentation and slick looks once past the fact that they made a reliable well-functioning device on the basic level first. The blue anodized aluminum is something we do not see every day, the signature plate options are cool for those who are into personalizing their gear, and where many leave rough edges on their exposed plate designs, this Streak Keyboard is more elegant and curvy. With each of those, the options in the market dwindle, and for us, it all comes together to make one of the lighter and cleaner looks at what a gaming mechanical keyboard should be.
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
The Bottom Line
The STREAK is an attractive and sleek mechanical keyboard with just enough features to get you through the day! Carrying all of the things we loved about the miniSTREAK, it is only natural that we would love the STREAK just as much.