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CM Storm QuickFire TK - Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown Switches and Fully Backlit
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: After a month of use, I’ve come to really like this keyboard. After using the Leopold, the keys didn’t feel as nice, maybe a bit cheaper? Truth is, the Leopold wasn’t backlit, and I understand they keys have to be a different material in order for it to be backlit. With that said, after a bit, I think the CM’s keys feel pretty luxurious with a hint of soft touch, especially for a backlit keyboard. My old Eclipse and X4’s keys didn’t feel as nice, and also the surfaces would slowly scratch away from normal usage, causing light to show through. The CM’s keys stay in good condition. I also really like the font, it looks very modern and cool. It’s very similar to the font that the Titanfall logo uses.

Cons: The backlight can be slightly overpowering, especially in the dark, even at the lowest setting. Being white, you get the full spectrum of visible light. I can’t speak for the red and the blue backlit version, but I suspect they are not as glaring. I’ve gotten used to it, but beware when you try to pull off a key with the backlight on. It’s bright enough to daze your eyes! The build quality is great, it only bends very slightly, and the plastic can flex just a little bit with enough pressure. That’s a bit more than the Leopold, but much, much less than my Eclipse and X4, but, very permissible, considering the price and specs. The feature combining the numpad and arrow keys is okay. I really wanted a compact keyboard, so there were few choices in the matter. Switching between the 2 functions is a decent compromise at best. Sometimes is a chore, but I think it’s better than not having that function at all.

Other Thoughts: I put a lot of research into purchasing a new keyboard that I’d use for gaming. This one mostly fit the bill. My past keyboards were a regular membrane keyboard, Saitek Eclipse, Microsoft Sidewinder X4, and a Leopold Tenkeyless /w blue Cherry MX Blue switches. My requirements for a new keyboard were:

1. Compactness – Because I game, my mouse hand tends to bump into the left side of my other full-sized keyboard and I run out of space. Annoying in fps’s when I’m tracking a person and then WALL.
2. Volume control – I don’t have a dial for my speakers, and I hate having to hunt for the volume control in the lower panel to adjust. Now, this is not so important, as I’ve found a program that toggles your mouse wheel into volume control with the win key. (3rvx)
3. Backlit – I consume media and game in the dark if I can. Sometimes I’ll chat in between and it can be hard to get to home row in the dark.
4. Mechanical Switches – Although I bought this for gaming, I kept typing in mind when I scouted this model. I don’t really believe different switches will make you a better player, so this was solely based on typing. I’ve tried blue switches, they were a dream to type on, but I don’t live alone and the blue’s can get pretty clacky in the middle of the night. I went with the brown’s, they had the same tactile bump as the blue’s, just without the clack. Although, I liked the sound of the blue’s, I’ve come to grow on the brown’s.
5. Numpad – when I punch in numbers into a field, there’s no beating a numpad. I won’t force myself to hunt and peck from home row either. This was a middle of the road option, while keeping it compact as well.

That’s it, pretty simple, huh?

I didn’t really have a use for other functions that other gaming keyboards might have, like extra keys and programmable macros. The games I play don’t really warrant a need for them. If you’re into mmo’s, then maybe you might want to look elsewhere. For just about everything else, this might be the one for you.

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CM Storm Xornet - 2000 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good tracking, great claw grip ergonomics. High quality Omron switches and Avago sensor.

Cons: Default firmware presents a ~5mm lift off distance. Annoying when you run out of mouse pad and try to recenter.

Other Thoughts: For this mouse to excel, you need to go to their website and download the latest firmware, which is v75. I ordered mine in November 2013, it came with v70.

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CM Storm Xornet - 2000 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's very responsive, and kinda ergonomic. The ring finger divot is a great idea, but I tend to rotate my hand clockwise and add some pressure on the picky side. Otherwise, good build quality and very slick on the right mouse pad.

Cons: The wheel could have used more work. It's OK at best, I'm just spoiled by Logitech's mouse wheels, no one makes a better one. Also, the pick up distance is way too high, it's about a centimeter, so if you run out of mouse pad and need to pick up to recenter yourself, you'll need to lift it much higher than expected.

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David N.'s Profile

Display Name: David N.

Date Joined: 08/20/06

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 02/03/07
  • Last Review: 03/26/14
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