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CM Storm QuickFire XT - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Red Switches
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Pros: Construction is solid and layout is nice and compact. ANSI layout is a pro for me which is why I chose this over the SteelSeries.

True 6KRO. Testing this keyboard vs the other rubber-dome and laptop keyboards I have laying around, the CM Storm Quickfire is the only one that doesn't have blocking problems and reliably tracks 6 keys with roll-over to the next press. Very nice for gaming.

It also comes with a key-puller which is nice if you don't have one.

Cons: The only thing missing from this keyboard I discovered after owning it for two weeks. In trying to use the keyboard more and rely on the mouse less, I found out about the 'menu' key on my other keyboards. When pressed, this key brings up the 'right-mouse' click context menu in many gui applications. However, this keyboard does not include the menu key which is unfortunate.

Other Thoughts: Two neutral remarks:

1) Yes, the Cherry MX Red switches are low force (45n I believe). It is easy to lean over the keyboard and accidentally actuate a key (often the spacebar). But, the light touch is a dream for typing.

2) I'm not a fan of the lettering of the keys, but that is just personal preference; they are easy enough to read. On the other hand, I do like the solid 'red' color underneath the keys. It creates an interesting appearance when looking straight down on the keyboard that really differentiates it from the black 'void' between most rubber dome keyboards.

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Display Name: Shane P.

Date Joined: 02/24/10

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