Fnatic miniSTREAK Review

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Updated December 17, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
95/100

Customer Score (From 1195 Reviews)
4.6/5

Overview

The Fnatic miniSTREAK is a 2018-model mid-range TenKeyLess (TKL) mechanical gaming keyboard marketed to gamers, promising advanced gaming features. Users can get it with a selection of Cherry MX and Kailh switches.

You can find similar keyboards on our list of industry-leading keyboards today. This device has detachable USB cables, and all keys are macro-programmable. Browse to the bottom of this review and see how the Fnatic miniSTREAK compares with the finest gaming keyboards today.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good build quality
  • RGB backlighting with individually lit keys
  • Multi-device connectivity
  • Detachable USB cable
  • All keys are macro-programmable
  • Incline settings
  • Available with a selection of mechanical switches

Reasons to Not

  • Does Not have a wrist rest
  • Not hot-swappable
  • Lacks USB passthrough

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: Featuring RGB backlighting and mechanical switches, the Fnatic STREAK65 is similar to the Fnatic miniSTREAK. However, the STREAK65 is a 65% sized compact keyboard, so it has fewer keys than the TenKeyLess miniSTREAK. Additionally, the STREAK65 is available with Fnatic Low Profile switches, unlike the miniSTREAK, which has normal-sized Cherry MX and Kailh switches.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: While the Razer Huntsman Mini is a 60% sized compact keyboard that lacks function and arrow keys, the Fnatic miniSTREAK is a TenKeyLess device featuring dedicated function keys and arrow keys. The Razer keyboard has a lower 3.5 ms wired latency, which is better for fast-paced games than the 10.3 ms latency of the Fnatic miniSTREAK.

Both the Fnatic miniSTREAK and the Corsair K65 RGB Mini are small mechanical keyboards. However, the Corsair keyboard is a smaller 60% model, featuring fewer keys than the Fnatic miniSTREAK. The Corsair has a dramatically better 0.1 ms wired latency than the Fnatic miniSTREAK, which has a 10.3 wired latency.

Critic Consensus

Critics were astounded by the quality of the Fnatic miniSTREAK and said it’s suitable for gaming, office use, and programming. Experts at PC Gamer loved this device’s build quality and compact TenKeyLess construction. If you prefer a hot-swappable model, consider the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 review.

Testers at TechRadar were happy with its incline adjustment settings, which allow placement at 2° and 8°, but it doesn’t have a wrist rest. It has an aluminum top plate and ABS keycaps. If you prefer PBT keycaps, check out our Drop ENTR review. Testing revealed that it has RGB backlighting with per-key illumination, although the color mixing is poor. This model has a detachable USB cable, and all its keys are macro-programmable.

Tests done on a variant with Cherry MX Silent Red switches revealed a 48 gf operating force and 2.2 mm pre-travel distance. This particular model was quiet during testing but had a so-so 10.3 ms wired latency. See our EVGA Z20 review if you require lower latency.