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CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

  • CHERRY MX Blue Keyswitches - Light Resistance, "Clicky" Feedback
  • Steel Backplate
  • Minimal bezels, slim profile
  • N-Key Rollover in PS/2 Mode
  • Multimedia Shortcuts
  • Windows Keys can be Disabled
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Cameron C.
  • 5/27/2015 5:04:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHigh quality, no nonsense.

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: Standard 104 key layout, making it easy to find a set of custom keycaps.

Exceptional build quality: solid board with very little flex and no creaking.

Minimalist, rubberized housing that doesn't smudge or get in the way.

Four large, slide-resistant feet on the bottom.

Detachable, fine-braided USB cable with an included PS/2 adapter for n-key rollover.

Included WASD/arrow keys with smooth surface texture: the legends are not remotely 3D.

Cons: The flip-out stands on the bottom of the keyboard have no texture, the board slides around easily with the feet extended.

They keycaps have very noticeable 3D legends, and produce a lackluster "clack" when bottoming out.

The Windows key lock LED on the F9 key is large and somewhat bright.

The caps/num/scroll lock indicator LEDs are very close to the number pad keys, making them impossible to see at lower angles.

The included keycap puller, while functional, is of low quality. Made of hard plastic, it can potentially scratch your keycaps.

Other Thoughts: I didn't knock off an egg because the cons felt subjective and nitpicky.

In the short time I've owned this keyboard, I've fallen head-over-heels for it. Thought it is a full 104 key keyboard, it has a slender profile and fits easily and comfortably in any position on my desk. The Cherry MX Blue switches feel remarkably consistent, and have a satisfying click. The case has no wrist wrest, nor the mounts for one, and all the keys have been fit on it snugly. The board has absolutely no extraneous features that get in the way of your typing or gaming experience.

That being said, the board isn't without its downsides. While it does have very effective slip-resistant feet, its flip-out stands do not. When laid down flat, it just plain will not move unless you pick it up, but it slides easily with the stands extended.

The keycaps are something of a wash: the legends are nicely printed, but they're noticeably 3D and are easily felt when typing. Though they haven't shown any signs of wear yet, I doubt they'll hold up to extensive use. They're also made of ABS, which isn't uncommon for stock keycaps. Their construction causes them to make a very unsatisfying clack when you bottom out during key presses. While they're not shoddy by any means, they leave a bit to be desired. However, the board's standard layout means it won't be difficult to get a set of custom keycaps to replace them.

In conclusion, this is a well constructed, full keyboard that lacks the sensational extra features that would drive up the price. They keycaps, though iffy, can be easily replaced with customs.

As both a gamer and a typist, I would highly recommend this keyboard.

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  • Mathieu R.
  • 4/28/2015 1:06:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective product and still waiting

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: Best keyboard I ever used... for 2 weeks!

Cons: After e or 3 weeks of usage I started to notice strange things happened whenever I used my numpad. Eventually the equipment degraded to the point where hitting numpad6, at any moment, would immediately close my computer. At first I believed the problem originated from the drivers or windows as I had never heard of such a problem. After wasting my time reinstalling windows, cleaning driver installs and checking forums I got to try it on a friend's macbook where I noticed pressing numpad6 would also shut down the macbook! I opened a ticket for a replacement and sent my keyboard for repairs/replacement.

It's been 2 months since I've opened my ticket now and still I don't have my keyboard.

Other Thoughts: Months after purchase all I got to do with my keyboard has been troubleshooting and sending emails to customer support.

My trusty Logitech G510 has been in use since then. It's a shame I was looking forward to owning a superior mechanical keyboard but alas this product isn't what I was hoping it would be. I paid full price and did not get a fullly functioning product. Afterward I did not get good service from CM.

I do not recommend this product nor this company.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

I apologize for the issues that you have experienced with the delays in receiving a replacement. We have been battling a number of issues, including limited stock. Please call us or speak to us directly through Fanzone to see if there is anything else we can do to help make this a better experience. Again, we apologize, but please let us help make this a better experience, if possible.

Respectfully,

Robert N.
CM USA SUPPORT
888.624.5099 ext 2

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  • Mark L.
  • 1/3/2015 10:13:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: This is a high quality, full sized keyboard that I hope will last me for a number of years. I like how a USB to PS2 adapter has been included with this keyboard as I prefer to use PS2 since it is the best connector choice for keyboards.

Cons: Some people might not like the fact that it does not have back-lit keys, but I do not care about that. Some might not be used to how loud the keys are when they are pressed, but I am coming from an old mechanical keyboard that is just as loud and it does not bother me at all.

The only aspect of this keyboard that I do not like is the lack of a "Power" LED like my old keyboard has. This proved to be useful in certain situations for me over the years to know my system has power when I had trouble booting it up a couple of times, so I was able to sort out the issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2014 6:21:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscherry mx blue for $50 = BUY

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: $50 after a $30 mail in rebate = great value for a cherry mx blue keyboard to use at work.

Keycap puller is handy.

Cons: Keys seem stiffer than the RK-9200BU which also uses a cherry mx blue switch.

No backlit LED's, but for $50 I can not complain.

Other Thoughts: I could not justify spending $45+ more on MX Brown just to be quieter at work.

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  • WAYNE D.
  • 12/15/2014 11:25:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsClick clickity click click click

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: Solid construction, looks nice, great packaging and extra buttons. I like that there was a tool to remove keys that came in the box with the optional extra keys.

Cons: I didn't realize that MX switches turn your computer into a freaking typewriter. Lesson learned: next time go play with one of these at a local store before buying it. I can't do any "silent gaming" anymore with my headset - now I have to close the door to my office.

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  • Ken M.
  • 12/7/2014 1:17:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: Liked the feel of it.
USB and PS/2 connection
Good Price, Got it on Black Friday with Rebate

Cons: Keyboard has a small foot print - may not be a con for some

Other Thoughts: PS/2 mode allows for use with KVM.

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  • Don R.
  • 11/29/2014 9:51:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid budget mechanical

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: Heavy, solid, Cherry MX switches, compact, excellent price

Cons: No backlight, no wrist rest, multimedia keys awkward, red LEDs distracting especially the Windows lockout.

Other Thoughts: If you want a well built mechanical keyboard for $50, this is pretty much it. No frills but built like a tank. Could use some o rings to stop the keys from bottoming out.

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  • Evan B.
  • 11/29/2014 1:53:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy First Mechanical Keyboard

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: 1. Attractive price
2. No LED backlight
3. Braided USB cable
3. Minimalistic (no extra programmable keys)

Cons: 1. The backspace key feels a little more difficult to press -- I am hoping it will break in with the rest of the keyboard
2. The keys are painted

Other Thoughts: Although I am a gamer, I purchased this keyboard primarily for typing (which is one reason why I did not want LEDs or extra keys). I spend a lot of time in front of the computer typing and heard that mechanical keyboards, esp the MX Blues, were better for serious typing.

The keyboard feels very nice. I like the tactile feedback that I get and I do not find the click to be nearly as obnoxious as I was expecting. Although, my girlfriend hasn't heard me using it yet and she may find it bothersome...

I did a ton of research before I bought this. Ultimately, I just could not justify spending over $120 for a keyboard which is where WASD and DAS keyboard pricing starts. I figured if the keyboards use the same switches why not get a slightly cheaper keyboard to start out with.

A few people have mentioned that they do not care for the font on the keyboard. I am not sure what about it bothers them; in fact, I kind of like it. Furthermore, I never look down at the letters anyway.

At least one person mentioned that they found the ridges on F and J to be too raised. The raise does not bother me and they are actually fairly narrow. This give me just enough to keep my place with out distracting me.

The only real gripe I have about this keyboard is that the keys are painted rather than laser etched. I don't really care if the paint wears off so long as the keyboard still works. What really bothers me is that you can actually feel the paint beneath your fingers as you type. I am sure that I will get used to this over time and it is not enough of an issue to cause me to dock an egg.

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  • David R.
  • 11/18/2014 2:31:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTHIS is the keyboard for me

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: Sleek design
Number pad
Simple and effective
Not as loud as some make out to be

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: Cherry MX blues are definitely the keyboard for me. I tried out reds but they caused so many typos because they were so sensitive. I was told Reds would be the best for gaming, but when I was playing I would often jump out of nowhere just because my hand rested on the space bar! Over time I had to get used to it, but it just didn't feel right. I enjoy bottoming out the keys, and it felt uncomfortable to do so on the Reds. Blues however fit me completely. They work terrifically for both typing and gaming.
I thought the noise would be deafening but when I have the door closed, people in the next room can't heard/barely hear it. If you are worried about the noise, there is also O-ring sound dampeners for your keys that you can buy, and this keyboard even comes with a key removal tool!

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  • Robert K.
  • 11/18/2014 10:25:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Keyboard

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches

Pros: -Excellent to type on
-No setup in win8, it just works
-very sturdy

Cons: -the only con so far is that the key extractor supplied wasn't all that good at removing the windows keys. Worked fine for the others.

Other Thoughts: I was sick of replacing my keyboards every 2 years or so. This keyboard looks as though it will last much much longer (I really hope it does)

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