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    Default Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    The Build quality of the CM Storm QuickFire TK is second to none the Cherry MX Blue switches are the best I have ever used, and I love the blue LED lighting and accent off of the sky blue steel plate. The dimming functions and the highlighted gaming keys actually helped to improve my gaming experiences, I am now favoring the Cherry MX Blue for gaming over my Red and the overall gaming performance is one to be reckoned with.

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Good price.

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Awesome review Vinny!!

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    great keyboard

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    BUT...........I really like my CM Storm Trigger...........

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Good review Vinny! did the other samples from CM & Gigabyte arrive yet ?

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Great review thanks for posting

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Very nice review. Cm makes some pretty good KBs. They are definitely thinking of us gamers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Very nice review. Cm makes some pretty good KBs. They are definitely thinking of us gamers.
    never gave much thought to the KB...........till I got the Trigger.....all this time , a keyboard was just that...a keyboard....there's a BIG difference..... control, feel, response.......SOLD

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    a friend of mine bought a Razer Lycosa keyboard and the buttons were too stiff, i think i rather a keyboard with soft buttons

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Adham View Post
    a friend of mine bought a Razer Lycosa keyboard and the buttons were too stiff, i think i rather a keyboard with soft buttons
    They you are looking for something with the Cherry MX Red keys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_death View Post
    good review vinny! Did the other samples from cm & gigabyte arrive yet ?
    yes!! Thanks

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Thanks guys yes its a really nice keyboard at a really great price
    Adham if you game a lot and like a softer touch, the Cherry MX Brown are good
    and the Cherry Red is what I am using and very good as well, but very sensitive to the touch.

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    Default Re: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

    Good review! Thanks for introducing me to that keyboard. I recently bought the limited edition Brown Switch model from the Cooler Master website: white keyboard, black keys, white backlighting.

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    This is a very nice keyboard. A visually striking presentation of White and Black that provides a full array of Cherry MX Brown switches with three (3) modes of White back lighting and five (5) levels of brightness in a more compact size versus a regular keyboard.

    The "Brown" (tactile) keys feel ... different. For Black and Red (linear) switches, you feel nothing until a key is fully depressed - a key "clacks" as it bottoms-out (internal plastic striking internal plastic) and that plastic-against-plastic impact is what you both hear and feel. Such keys slide smoothly down and up.

    For Browns, there is a kind of hesitancy at about the half-way point as a key is depressed, then again as it rises back up. That's the "tactile" aspect of Brown that makes it different from Black/Red. If you have never experienced Browns before, it may initially make you think the keys are sticky or gummed-up inside and need cleaning - but that isn't the case. The hesitancy (slight resistance) in a key stroke and thus the resulting tactile "feel" is intentional; it is the defining aspect of Brown switches. This may be disconcerting if you are not used to this type of key switch. The benefit of tactile feedback (versus smooth sliding) is that you can type faster with confidence - because you know and feel exactly when a key stroke has registered and it occurs with only half as much pressing versus Black/Red switches. If you are a typists, or a gamer who plays with a light touch, Browns can be great. If you are mostly a gamer who mashes keys, bottoming them out with each stroke, then Browns may not suit you. Blues, by the way, feel like Browns but also have a very audible "click" at that half-way point.

    Overall, the construction is visually simple, esthetically pleasing, and of good quality. The braided detachable cable is similarly well done. It is less wide than regular keyboards because the number pad and control keys have been merged together. There is a metal plate within the keyboard which gives it a good hefty weight and keeps it steady on a desktop.

    Keypad number keys are enabled via the NUMLK key, which toggles keypad mod on and off; an LED indicator is lit when NUMLK is on. The control keys are enabled only when NUMLK is off. Be aware that some people may find this arrangement to be irksome when there is a need to frequently switch back-and-forth between keypad number keys and keypad control keys such as the arrow keys for up / down / right / left. There is no such awkwardness if keypad number keys are rarely used – just leave NUMLK disabled.

    Each keyboard key has an interior LED light which illuminates the symbol on the key from below. If a key has two symbols, one at the top and one at the bottom of the key's facing, only the top symbol is brightly lit, since directly underneath it is the LED; the lower symbol is therefore dimmer. Because of this, the number keys of the main keyboard area have a design that differs from unlit keyboards - for example, instead of the “2” key having an @ at the top and the 2 at the bottom, the 2 is now at the top (and thus most brightly lit) with the @ at the bottom and visually dimmer; this intentionally emphasizes the numbers on those keys rather than their shifted symbols. This might lead to a little confusion at first when typing, if it is automatically assumed that one always SHIFT-clicks what is shown on top.

    To invoke a special keyboard function, the FN key can be briefly depressed while striking the appropriate function key. Pressing the FN key down for 3 seconds toggles function mode on or off, and so facilitates easier access to function keys. An example usage for function mode is to make all of the multimedia keys immediately available while playing music or watching videos.

    Other positive aspects:

    o The Windows key can be disabled.

    o The multimedia keys work well.

    o The keypad arrow keys are brightly lit when available (NUMLK disabled) even though they are the bottom symbols of their keys.

    o Plug-and-Play; no drivers to install.

    o All features work flawlessly.


    Other negative aspects:

    o The "2", "0", "00", and "." symbols are not lit when in keypad number mode (NUMLK enabled); this is because their LEDs are at the bottom of each key (instead of at the top like all of the other keys) in order to emphasize their control functions (i.e. the arrow keys) when NUMLK is disabled.

    o The raised nubs on the F and J keys are a bit too low and so not necessarily felt by touch-typists who do not look at their keyboards for hand positioning.

    o The keypad ENTER key is enabled only when NUMLK is on.

    o There is no indicator showing when full N key roller over is enabled versus 6-key rollover, and there is no information that states which mode the keyboard starts in.

    o The User Guide is only available online; no printed copy in the box.

    Overall, this is an extremely nice keyboard. Yes, it has its own special quirks which exist as a result of the features provided, but if you can get along with those quirks you will be very pleased with your purchase.

    Why did I buy it? I wanted a compact mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Black, Red, or Brown switches, and non-Red backlighting. So for me it is an excellent choice. I award 5 Stars since there is no means of specifying 4.5, and it is better than a 4. I am an avid gamer across multiple categories (rpg, fps, tactical turn-based, etc.), and already owned a compact backlit Cherry MX Black mechanical keyboard from a different manufacturer.
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