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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

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.

Test System

  • Motherboard: MSI P67-GD65
  • System Memory: G.Skill Ares 1866MHz 2 x 8GB kit
  • Processor: Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz @ 4.7GHz
  • Audio: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
  • Video: 2 x ASUS GTX 580
  • Disk Drive 1: 240GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos
  • Optical Drive: DVD Drive
  • Enclosure: Silverstone Raven RV02-EW
  • PSU: Cooler Master SilentPro 1000w
  • Monitor: Asus 27.5" 1920 x 1200
  • Operating System: Windows 8 x64 Profesional

Software Tested

  • Path of Exile
  • Dead Space 3
  • Office work

Results

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.



 

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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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