|CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 04 March 2013|
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Cherry MX Red Switches Final Thoughts
The Quickfire TK with its Cherry MX Red switches is quite nice to type on, I found that the light touch needed to actuate the keys makes for a very comfortable experience and means that I can type for a long periods of time without feeling fatigue. The small form factor is also nice especially at work where space is limited, but it has it has its own set of negatives. Personally, I find the combined ten key pad and command cluster gets in the way of my work. I found that I was frequently forgetting to use numlock to switch between functions and end up messing up whatever I am working on. Even though this subsided with time, I still prefer the two clusters of keys to be separated especially when I am doing work related to IT which requires the use of both key sets.
CM Storm Quickfire TK Conclusion
Performance in a keyboard is about being to type quickly and accurately. The Cherry MX Red switches are not in my opinion as effective to type on as the Blue and Brown Cherry MX switches. None-the-less the Quickfire TK with its silky smooth switch actions does feel very nice to type on and when gaming the light touch needed allows for very fast reactions and easy double tapping a requirement for many of the games out on the market right now. I found that when typing though the combined ten key pad and command cluster means I found myself making frequent errors when I went to type or use commands which was quite frustrating.
The Quickfire TK is good-looking keyboard with its black and red color scheme being able to fit into almost any situation. At my work I did not feel like I was bringing in a gamer keyboard that would look out of place or childish and in my home its simple black exterior fit in well with the rest of my equipment making for a very professional looking station. The lack of a piano finish on the Quickfire TK means that unlike the Das Keyboard it is not as prone to fingerprinting, and dust collection, which makes it much easier to take care of over time.
Like all mechanical keyboards, the Quickfire TK is superbly built and with its embedded steel plate, it feels indestructible. I have no question that the Quickfire TK will last a enthusiast many years of use before needing to be replaced and it appears that Cooler Master stands behind their product also, providing a two year warranty on the Quickfire TK.
The Quickfire TK is a very basic keyboard providing very few frills beyond the basics. It provides media controls, and light controls but beyond that, the Quickfire TK is very sparse. Cooler Master did not provide any software to customize the functionality of the Quickfire TK or any of the other extras typically seen "gaming" keyboards.
With a price tag of $89.99 (Amazon/Newegg), the CM Storm Quickfire TK is quite the deal for a mechanical keyboard. Users can even find the Quickfire TK for under $75 if they are willing to wait for it to go on sale. This makes the Quickfire TK one of the best deals in the mechanical keyboard market.
As long as enthusiasts understand the unique challenges presented by the combined ten key and command cluster, then the CM Storm Quickfire TK provides a great value as a smaller mechanical keyboard. As such, the Quickfire TK with Cherry MX Red switches earns the coveted Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
+ Mechanical keys provide much better typing experience than rubber domed keyboards
- Cherry MX Red switches may not be prefered for typists
Final Score: 9.00 out of 10.
COMMENT QUESTION: If purchased, what would the CM Storm Quickfire TK replace?