|CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 04 March 2013|
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Testing & Results
Testing peripherals like the Quickfire TK are quite simply a matter of using them in the real world for an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the product they are no standardized test that can be done but rather it is a matter of personal opinion from the time spent using the product. In order to analyze the qualities of the Quickfire TK I focused on looking at the many different realms of work and play that the Quickfire TK is expected to be subjected to. This means looking at both its qualities as a gaming keyboard, but more importantly its qualities as a method of input for work and school related projects.
Path of Exile is a free-to-play Action RPG along the lines of the Diablo series. It requires quick reaction, and accurate key presses to outlive the mobs and projectiles that are coming your way. I found that the Cherry MX Reds performed superbly in this environment with the light linear action allowing for quick movements across the multiple actions that were required to save my character from certain death. I found that the Quickfire TK was also extremely comfortable even during long gaming sessions.
Dead Space 3 is an action game that centers around Isaac Clarke and his fight against the "markers" and their creation the Necromorphs. With creatures that can kill you from almost any angle in the diverse environments of Dead Space 3 quick reactions are key to survival and the light actuation needed to activate the QuickFire TK makes it quite easy to respond to the evolving threats provided by the game. Overall, the performance of the Quickfire TK lived up to my expectations.
Doing office work with the Quickfire TK provided some unique challenges especially since I have built up some habits from using a full sized keyboard and the nature of my work. I tend to use my entire keyboard and as such, having the number pad and the command pad combined into one set threw off my ability to use the style of typing I was used to. Thankfully, after some time I adjusted and was back up to speed. I found the Cherry MX Reds where decent to type on although in my opinion not as enjoyable as the Cherry MX Blues and Browns, but infinitely better than a rubber dome keyboard. The light touch of the Cherry MX Red switches allowed for effortless typing that did not leave me feeling fatigued at the end of the day.