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Written by Austin Downing   
Monday, 04 March 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard
Closer Look: Quickfire TK
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Quickfire Rapid TK

Keyboards tend due to their design to have similar designs. Thankfully, companies can still try to differentiate themselves and we still get some great looking products like the Quickfire TK.

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From the top of the Quickfire TK, you can see some of the big features. At the top, you can see the light and media controls which are built into the F1-F12 keys. When combined with the function switch a user can control which lights are on in the system, how bright there are, or if the keyboard is lit up at all. Next to our light controls, we have our media controls that allow a user has to change their volume, pause/play music, and change the track they are on. On the right we have our combined ten key pad and command cluster, which we will look at more closely next.

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The number lock on the ten key allows the user to switch between using it as a number pad and as a command cluster. At first, this caused me many headaches but eventually, I adjusted to the combined pad and have learned to use it effectively. I still find it more cumbersome than having them separate but for users needing a smaller keyboard but still wanting a number pad it works well.

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For users who prefer their keyboards to be raised the rear can be propped up about 1" allowing for a more comfortable typing position. The large rubber pads ensure that the Quickfire TK does not move around as a user types no matter how hard they type providing a stable surface for the user to type on.

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The USB interface that the Quickfire TK uses is able to disconnect for transport and can be easily replaced should the cable ever become damaged, a wonderful feature since the Quickfire TK seems to be built to last a long time.

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This Quickfire TK uses the linear Cherry MX Red switches, which require 45g of force to activate. As the name suggests the Red switches have a linear force profile which many gamers prefer since the force needed to actuate the switch is the same all the way through. This allows for quick reactions and makes it easy for a user to double tap a key as they can keep the key right above the actuation point until the exact moment where the key press is needed. The Cherry MX Red switches may not be the best choice for typist though as they do not give the tactile feedback of a Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Clear.



 

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# RE: CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical KeyboardArgos 2013-04-19 03:14
Tip: Never, ever buy a keyboard that combines the command cluster with the numerical keypad. I had one. For one year I desperately tried to to get used to it and I had to give up. It kept frustrating me. Not only during regular use, like word processing and the use of graphical software, but also during games who very often used command keys and numerical keypad for certain functions.

Having to constantly press a button to switch between command keys and numerical is the most irritating thing I ever experienced with a keyboard.

Never again.
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# RE: RE: CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical KeyboardAlbert 2013-07-23 22:11
Your loss, as I have heard from many other reviews and personal experience, the keys combined are able to be adjusted to rather quickly. I type and write at 120+ wpm and I've never had any issue or hiccup in speed with scrolling using the keys.

Plus, this is a compact keyboard. If you'd prefer one with four direction keys, the Quickfire Rapid has that and the numpad.
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