If you are an enthusiastic gamer, and especially if you frequently play DOTA 2, Counter-Strike, League of Legends or Call of Duty, then it is highly likely that you have already heard of Fnatic, the European professional gaming team. Fnatic is currently one of the world's largest e-sports teams, with many professional gamers in their ranks and an academy supporting new players that want to turn professional in the future.

Introduction

Last year Fnatic decided to turn to entrepreneurialism, establishing Fnatic Gear, their own brand name for advanced gaming peripherals and apparel. They promote their products via their own online shop, with warehouses in the EU and the US, with Global shipping available. The newly founded company currently offers only a few peripherals at this time, namely two mice, one headset and one mechanical keyboard.

In this review we are having a look at their mechanical keyboard, the Rush G1 (or Rush Pro). Fnatic claims that the keyboard is specifically designed with eSports in mind, combining reliability, comfort and control into a product with a reasonable price tag.

Packaging and bundle

Fnatic Gear supplies the Rush mechanical keyboard in a relatively large cardboard box. The artwork on the box is minimal, focused on a picture of the keyboard itself. While the artwork is not very sophisticated, the box provides ample protection during shipping. Inside the box we only found the keyboard, its palm rest and a very small quick start guide. There is nothing noteworthy bundled alongside with the keyboard - not even a keycaps puller.

The Fnatic Gear Rush G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Friday, December 02, 2016 - link

    Looks interesting enough as an authentic CherryMX mechanical keyboard. Reply
  • Allan_Hundeboll - Friday, December 02, 2016 - link

    Another keyboard review.... Boring Reply
  • ClutchCargo - Friday, December 02, 2016 - link

    This looks exactly like the Rosewill keyboard I've been using for the past few years. It's been great, I'd never go back. Reply
  • owcraftsman - Friday, December 02, 2016 - link

    Bring Back The MS-3 @FNATIC Reply
  • Leonick - Saturday, December 03, 2016 - link

    "Fnatic claims that the keyboard is specifically designed with eSports in mind"

    Oh, really? If that was the case you'd think Func would have said the same about their KB-460. They called it a gaming keyboard but no mention about esports anywhere on their product page.

    Fnatic bought Func and rebranded their mice and keyboard while sadly discontinuing an excellent headset. Not sure if the Fnatic headset is just another rebrand or something they actually designed.
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  • user2 - Sunday, December 04, 2016 - link

    i use the func ms-3 mouse. the mouse wheel broke after 2 days. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Monday, December 05, 2016 - link

    Why does it matter whether the company says a product is designed for "eSports" or "gaming" at all? That's just sales-speak and doesn't have an impact on the actual feature set and it certainly won't make the switches under the keys somehow better to slap one label or another on the package. CherryMX switches with x color will work the exact same way regardless. Reply
  • buxe2quec - Monday, December 05, 2016 - link

    Anandtech, we have an issue about UI... The 5 LOWEST readings are pale red, and then the bright red are the ones over 10% HIGHER than the expected value? Also, why is green something that deviates more than 10% from the specs?
    The colours should be bright blue, blue, pale red, bright red ranging from <90% specs to >110% specs. Or anything else that is coherent with the message they convey.
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  • buxe2quec - Monday, December 05, 2016 - link

    Nice review in general, I only wish there were more 60% (tenkeyless without home/end/page up down) mechanical keyboards on the market :(
    A full keyboard forces my (mouse) arm too far from the body or forces me to have the keyboard on my left side when typing.
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  • Ranger1065 - Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - link

    Nice review, if not the most interesting subject material, but that seems to be typical of Anandtech. We should be grateful they are reviewing anything at all these days. The tweets are very active though, yippee! Back to sleep now Anandtech :) Reply

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