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CM Storm QuickFire TK – Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX RED Switches and Fully LED Backlit

CM Storm QuickFire TK - Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX RED Switches and Fully LED Backlit

  • N-Key Roll Over in USB mode enables even the wildest key combos to be registered perfectly
  • Detachable braided USB cable and cable routing groves at the underside of the keyboard
  • Full LED backlight with 3 modes and 5 brightness levels provides optimum visibility even in dark rooms
  • Unique NumPad block design merges both navigation and command keys
  • USB 2.0 interface

N-Key Roll Over in USB mode enables even the wildest key combos to be registered perfectly Detachable braided USB cable and cable routing groves at the underside of the keyboard Full LED backlight with 3 modes and 5 brightness levels provides optimum visibility even in dark rooms Unique NumPad block design merges both navigation and command keys USB 2.0 interface

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  1. 200 of 209 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Two excellent keyboards, two excellent sets of switches, February 3, 2013
    By 
    Will

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    Disclaimer: I bought the brown switch keyboard from newegg; for some reason, Amazon won’t ship it to APO–even though they shipped the blue switch TK here no problem.

    I work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in Afghanistan as chief engineer on a large software project. I don’t game a helluva lot, so I’m looking at these keyboards as a professional typist…you know, of sorts. Between coding and PM documentation stuff, I spend something like 80% of my waking hours with my hands on a keyboard. I’ve been here for a year and a half, but for some reason investing in a keyboard that’s worth a damn never once occurred to me until the last two weeks or so, when my second bog-standard dell chiclet keyboard crapped itself.

    After researching the Cherry keys for a few days, I decided it would have to be between the Cherry Blues or Cherry Browns. I bought one of each, with the intention of buying a matching keyboard to whichever I preferred. It’s been four days now, and I still have no idea which keyset–or even keyboard–I prefer. Let me explain the bit about “which keyboard”: Amazon won’t ship the QuickFire Rapid–my first choice–out here, but they shipped the QuickFire TK no problem. I always prefer ordering from Amazon, so I bought the TK with Cherry Blues first. It got here, and I loved it, but I’m not a huge fan of things lit and there are a few other minor annoyances I have with the board. So after about a week with it, I went ahead and bought the QuickFire Rapid with Cherry Browns from newegg. I’m going to review the keyboards and the switches here.

    To be perfectly honest, these are both very good keyboards and I doubt anyone would be unhappy with either. I almost didn’t bother reviewing them because they’re so damned good and most of the reviews already posted cover everything I might have to say, but I haven’t seen any by people who have used both the Blues and the Browns.

    I’ve had the Blues longest, so I’m going to review the TK first.

    ===============================QuickFire TK===============================
    Pros – I got this keyboard first, so I was astonished at how solid it feels. A few people have said it’s heavy, and I guess if you’ve got spindly little girl arms, it could be considered heavy-ish. It’s about a pound and a half, which is much weightier than any other keyboard I’ve used since the early 90’s. Construction is solid as hell, and there’s only one small CM logo above the numpad. As I mentioned, I’m not a fan of lit keyboards (my officemate says “you listen to techno, but you don’t like lights?” “nope.”), but these are fairly well done. Brightness is adjustable through 6 steps, and there are 3 basic modes-WASD on, all on, and “breathing”. There is also an option to turn them all off. When numlock is off, the arrow keys light up independently, but it’s only noticeable if you don’t have all the keys lit. Honestly, it looks kinda cool. Solid construction means there is no bleedthrough from the lights, but keys on the outer edges (function keys, left CTRL for example) are clearly not independently lit.

    You do have access to the numpad in a compact keyboard, which is especially useful if you were taught to use a calculator one-handed. By turning numlock off, you get access to arrow keys and the normal 9-key keyboard functions.

    Cons – The ****ing numpad. I’m getting used to it now, but holy crap…when I first got the keyboard, I hated the damn thing. You don’t realize how used you are to finding the home/end/del keys by feel until you can’t feel them anymore. They’re just more keys in a row. When highlighting/deleting chunks of code, I use home/end/del constantly. Having to hunt for them almost every single time annoyed the crap out of me until I started modifying the way I work to get around having to use them at all. This is by far and away my biggest complaint about the keyboard, and it’s not really a problem with the board itself.

    Lights are stupid.

    ===============================QuickFire Rapid===============================
    Pros – I love everything about this keyboard. Seriously. There are no cons. As others have mentioned, the rubberized body of the board is very nice; it’s kind of like hopping out of a lower-end Mercedes Benz and stepping into a BMW 7-series. Soft touch plastics everywhere. The letter etching and painting on the keys is very, very slightly raised, which gives them just a touch of tactile feedback. Some might not like it. I am not one of them. The keys on the TK are a little tactile, too, but something about the way it’s done on that board makes it annoying against my fingertips, especially the “S” key. It feels classy on the Rapid.

    There have been a few complaints about the ridiculous number of CM logos on the board. Mine doesn’t have those. It has exactly one logo, and I had to look for it; it’s on the top (or the front?) of the board, on the other side of…

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  2. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Good feature set, but flawed execution, November 4, 2014
    By 
    SF CA (CA United States) –

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    There’s a lot to like about this mechanical keyboard, but unfortunately a rather severe bug makes it difficult to recommend.

    Pros:
    – Choice of MX Blue or Browns, and the switches themselves feel well done. If you know what Cherry MX switches feel like, you won’t be disappointed. I bought the blues version.
    – Tenkeyless layout, which I prefer for ergo reasons.
    – Backlit! This plus the tenkeyless already makes it a rare beast with not a whole lot of competition. There are a few different backlight modes available, most of which I found silly. The standard backlight on/off with 5 varying levels of brightness suited me just fine.
    – Build quality was pretty good. The casing has a slight rubberized coating to it. Not as ostentatious as some other keyboards with regard to weird looking logos, even compared to other CM Storm keyboards.

    Cons:
    – Right angled USB plug on the cable is stupid. If you’re a right-handed mouse user (as I imagine most people are), the angle of the cable plug means the cable is going to intrude on your mouse area. I don’t know why someone thought this was a good idea. Thankfully the cable is removable and micro USB, so if you get this keyboard buy a cheap straight-plug micro USB cable.
    – Firmware updates are distributed as windows EXEs only. Mac/Linux users will need to find a PC friend to update for them.
    – The key font is not great looking. I know this is marketed as a gaming keyboard, but still. The rest of the keyboard is so reserved, it’s a little odd to see something like the Titanfall font every time I look at it. To be fair, compared to some other gaming keyboards I’d still prefer this font.

    Dealbreaker:
    As it stands today (Nov 2014) this keyboard has what I consider a critical bug that makes it not worth it. In short, often times this keyboard will not work on start or wake from sleep, necessitating an unplug/replug of the USB cable. It’s essentially random so you’ll wake your computer and try to start typing, but nothing will happen and you’ll have to start fiddling with cables. There is a thread on their community support (http://community.coolermaster.com/index.php/topic/11379-cm-storm-rapid-i-doesnt-start-sometimes/) acknowledging the issue but even the latest firmware has not fixed it yet, with currently no ETA of a complete fix.

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    Dec 3, 2014 7:38:49 AM PST

    Hello SF CA “Mr Pink”

    For your cons, a lot of debate was going back and forth concerning the orientation and style of the plug. Complaints were made for the left orientation, right orientation, and even it being a microUSB plug. Each has their own positives and negatives. Having it go to the left, clears up that mouse space which you’ve mentioned. Yet, having it go to the right will go and keep consistent cable management. At this point and time, if you’re not a fan of angled connector, there are third party options to purchase an inexpensive microUSB replacement.

    For the firmware updates, all of our keyboards and mice are designed primarily for Windows based computer systems. Linux users will need to use alternative methods such as Wine, but that is no guarantee. Mac users will need to run BootCamp or Parrallels to boot up a legit copy of windows on their machine, if not using another computer.

    As far as for the delay/”sleep” problems, if you are experiencing this issue, we implore and greatly appreciate if you can comment on that active thread with your detailed specs on your system(s). The more information we can garner from users the closer we can get to resolving this issue.
    http://community.coolermaster.com/index.php/topic/11379-cm-storm-rapid-i-doesnt-start-sometimes/

    If you have any other additional questions, concerns, or comments, please let us know by calling us at 888.624.5099 or visit our Fanzone for Livechat/Ticket options.

    Robert N.
    CM USA SUPPORT
    Phone: 888.624.5099
    Fanzone: http://account.coolermaster.com/

     
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  5. 30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The keyboard I’ve been looking for, February 7, 2014
    By 
    Dennis

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    This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire TK – Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX RED Switches and Fully LED Backlit (Personal Computers)
    I haven’t used a mechanical keyboard since the early/mid-ish 90’s as a child. I’m glad I went back to it. First off, I consider myself a moderate gamer. Playing games with a wireless keyboard like I had been doing for years just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. A friend loaned me his Razer keyboard and I instantly refound my love for mechanical gaming keyboards, but I hated the bulky size of the Razer.

    And those my search began. I spent about 2 or 3 months searching and reading reviews for dozens of different mechanical boards, looked at all the different switches offered and finally came down to this one by Cooler Master. One thing I wanted was a keypad and illumination, but not at a full-size keyboard, I never use the arrow keys no more nor do I use my page up/down buttons etc. I use my num pad often.

    When I found this board on Amazon, I instantly saved it to a wish list and started looking up reviews on here and else where on the web. Read nothing but stellar things. I loved the size I saw in the pictures and the sound the red switches made in videos. It was a perfect pitch for me. The illumination looked nice, at times tacky on videos, but I assumed that was rendering quality more than anything.

    I received this today to my surprise at 0630! It was a nice surprise door bell ring at that time of morning. I instantly pulled it out of the box and hooked it up. I was a little worried my Linux system wouldn’t recognize it or some of the features. However, everything worked! The keys texture felt great. Has a nice little grip to them and the etching of the letters is sharp and striking. The bounce back felt perfect for me and sound was awesome. The length and width are perfect for my desk and are exactly what I was looking for.

    The channeled usb routes are nice, I am a little concerned about the connection of this and how good it will be with repeated unplugs and plug ins, I do take my system to LAN parties, but the braided cable felt great and when it was plugged into the keyboard felt very snug, just concerned on how long that snugness will last over time. The channel are awesome and a nice little feature that I wish was used on all wired keyboards.

    The rubber feet are thick, grippy, and for the most part, perfect. I say for the most part, cause for me, I noticed that that keyboard on the bottom left corner doesn’t make contact to the desk. This could be my actual desk(it is old and wood may have warped), just something to keep in mind. It hasn’t bothered me in the little time I used it this morning.

    The illumination is freaking outstanding! I love the the modes it has, the levels of brightness, and the feature to pulsate. Looking forward to late night gaming in the dark. Function lock, Super key lock light up bright when activated. The media keys work like a charm. the weight was surprisingly light.

    I’m overall more than happy with my purchase. Cooler Master definitely has a awesome product here and I will be looking back to them in the future for future builds or replacements. I should also mention before I forget, this has a manufacturer 2 year warranty, which is great!

    I look at my friends now with some of their keyboards who spent $100, $200, or $250 for theirs and have all the same features as me, maybe a few more(that they don’t use) and laugh. Cause I spent less money and got a better product I believe. Everyone should be looking at this keyboard as a serious contender, but if you’re looking at this then you should just like the buy button, you won’t be upset about it whatsoever.

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