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5 out of 5 eggs First Mechanical Keyboard, and It is Excellent! 01/13/2014

This review is from: CM Storm QuickFire TK - Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown Switches and Fully Backlit

Pros:

Mechanical keys! Cherry MX Browns were indeed the switches for me.
Awesome backlight (with different brightness levels and modes), especially compared to the backlights on my MacBook Air and Logitech G110.
N-key rollover.
Ten-key-less form factor, but keeps the number pad by merging it with the navigation keys.
Totally solid construction; no flex, good weight and super sticky rubber grips on the bottom.
Awesome price at <$100.
One feature I immediately fell in love with was the detachable cable; since I use both a desktop and laptop, I don't have to unplug the cable from my desktop to use it with my laptop, I just need a different micro-USB cable.

Cons:

The function key has a lock feature, which lets you use the media keys and stuff without having to hold FN down; when it's locked, you cannot hold FN and use the keys as F1-F12, it has to be unlocked.
N-key rollover is great, but isn't compatible with some systems like Macs; it was unclear how to switch to and from 6-key rollover mode, which makes it compatible with pretty much anything; for N-key mode push FN+ESC+N, and for 6-key mode push FN+ESC+6.
There's some weird backlight stuff with the numpad; turning on NUMLK for the number keys turns off the backlight for the arrow keys, which is also the keys for 2, 0, . and 00; just an aesthetic complaint.

These are all miniscule complaints that do not change how much I love this keyboard.

Other Thoughts:

When looking for a mechanical keyboard I started looking at Logitech, Razer and Corsair. I liked their options, but none were exactly what I wanted. Then I stumbled upon this from Cooler Master and it was pretty much everything I wanted.
This is an excellent mechanical keyboard for anyone who wants a smaller board without sacrificing a number pad. I needed a keyboard that could fit on my desk's keyboard tray with my mouse and this fit the bill.

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  • Caleb T.
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