Today we’ll be taking a look at another mechanical gaming keyboard and this time it’s from Cooler Master. It’s the CM Storm Quickfire TK. It’s a small-form-factor mechanical gaming keyboard. And available in Cherry MX Blue, Browns, and Reds.
In this case, we have opted for Cherry MX Blue with the blue backlight. This particular model has backlight that corresponds to the type of switch you have. Blue for Blue switches, Red for Red Switches and White for Brown Switches. Which are the only odd one out as it would be ridiculous to have Brown backlight
For they key caps, they went with grip coated ABS key caps which feel sweet. All keys are individually backlit with 5 levels of brightness adjustment and 3 illumination modes (WASD only, full backlight and breathing). They weigh just 544g which are actually quite light and makes them a breeze to carry around. The cable is 1.8m long and removable.
Overall, the keyboard is really friendly for people whom travel a lot or don’t have a lot of desk space. It has a nice borderless design that aids this design feature. The key caps feel awesome and premium as they have a grip-enhancing coating. Unlike most keyboards of this form factor, they did not sacrifice the 2nd windows key. For the lighting controls they have implemented a software-less design. All the 12 function buttons double as the lighting and media control via toggling the function key. The F1 to F4 key controls the LED backlight brightness as well as the modes. The F5 to F11 are dedicated for the media controls. While the F12 key is windows lock key to prevent accidental actuation during games.
The detachable cable here is a godsend. It really makes it easier to travel with. Plus, the cable routes under the keyboard are really useful for routing the cable to the best possible position. I really like the two feets on the bottom for elevation. Unlike some keyboards, they are rubberised. So, it wouldn’t slide around everywhere. Like for example, the Corsair K70 that slide easily. For typing experience, I never get bored of Cherry MX Blues. Plus, unlike flatter keyboards, the Quickfire TK angles to faces the user slightly allowing an easy to achieve, comfortable typing experience without the need of a wrist rest.
The dual purpose number pad can get confusing to use at first as you’ll need to press the NumLock & Del key to switch in between Number Pad, Directional buttons and Page-Controls. After getting used to it, it’s all smooth sailing until you need to access the BIOS. I had many failed attempt and was required to go through a system restart over and over again. Apart from that, the keyboard is great. It provides good typing experience and gaming features. All in a very compact design with good build quality. I wouldn’t see any problem for this keyboard to please a person looking for a compact gaming keyboard with good build quality and user experience.
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