Quick review of Cooler Master Storm QuickFire:
The Cooler Master Storm QuickFire is a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard that comes with a detachable cable. Having a Detachable cable is definitely a good thing as it make transporting the keyboard easier and the cable can be easily replaced if it goes bad unlike keyboard with fixed cable which rarely can be fixed. The model that I have sports Cherry MX Red
switches and a SEXY RED
plate. The top casing has a very smooth rubber coat. I wonder how well the rubber coating will last.
- WASD pad-printed keys
- Alternative "Cooler Master" Win keys
- PS/2 Adapter
More braid comparison to common "gaming" brands
Full size : http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...ality_full.jpg
The QuickFire comes with the highest quality braided-cable that I have ever came across. Any braiding expert here to comment on these?
It's has a well-designed cable guide and very grippy rubber pad which prevents it from moving around while in use.
The QuickFire have height-adjust feet which uses the friction-lock system to hold it place. If it had rubber feet, it's would have been more perfect.
Going deeper, the Cooler Master Storm Quickfire uses Costar-style stabilizer which I personally find the best stabilizer as it does it's job and still maintain the switch natural feel unlike Cherry-style stabilizer. I also noticed that the keycaps have the same marking and labels as seen on Filco keyboards. The only difference is QuickFire uses Lasered lettering instead of pad-printed lettering that Filco uses. Laser lettering will get dirty over time but most users will probably change to fancy keycaps by then.
Testing the NKRO, it has 6KRO over USB and full-NKRO over PS/2. It's KRO performs identically to the Filco Majestouch 2.
From all the evidence found, Cooler Master Storm QuickFire is basically a refined version of the Filco 87 with a detachable cable. The FN and multimedia keys are well thought out and placed without affecting the overall usability. At it's price point, it's a STEAL with it been packed with features and quality compared to other mechanical keyboards in the market. Apart from the over-branding, it's a sure-buy for anyone who wants to get a cheap and high quality mechanical keyboard.
Score : 8.5/10
- High quality
- 6KRO over USB, Full NKRO over PS/2
- Detachable cable
- Well implemented multimedia functions
- Rubber coating might not last
Edited by squarebox - 10/8/11 at 10:47am