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CM Quickfire Rapid or TK

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Hello there!

I'm torn between the two keyboards mentioned in the topic since both of them offer something that the other one doesn't.
Let me try to share every detail here:

Usage scenario:
I play a Quake based game a lot (a LOT and competitively) and because of the way I have my mousepad on the table I need a shorter keyboard. However I'm also doing a lot of typing and on some occasions I make good use of the numpad. It's not like I do tax reports every day for 8 hours, so most of the time I'm not using the numpad, but sometimes I really do need it.

The options:

Rapid: I like that it has the middle block (arrow keys and above) so while it has less functionality than the TK, it is also less cramped and offers a standard layout (big plus). It also seems to be of better quality than the TK (someone please confirm this if I'm right or wrong). With this keyboard, I would buy a separate cheap numpad section for like 7 euros (mechanical ones are too expensive).

TK: It offers all the functionality I need, but in a Jack of all trades, master of none way. I would have to constantly switch between the functionality of the numpad and middle block (moving in a text and entering numbers sounds bad). Pros: All in one design, so I wouldn't have to deal with a separate numpad (moving it away when I'm gaming and moving it back when I'm typing) and I would only have to use mechanical keys. I don't care about the lighting on the TK, I would switch it off for good. And again, quality is still a question (why is the listed weight so low for the TK?).


I would also mention that the price for the Rapid + a numpad is exactly the same as the price of the TK. (At least where I'm living.)


And one more question about the switches:

Where I live, I can buy the Rapid with reds and blacks while the TK comes with browns and reds.
Right now, I'm using a Logitech K120 keyboard (for reference) and I would prefer lighter and less tactile switches. I was only able to try blues, so I don't know how the linear red would feel, but I like the idea. I haven't tried a linear switch, so I wrote 'less tactile', but it doesn't mean, that I have a preference for tactile feedback. The real question is, how are the brown switches compare to the membrane keyboard.


I think that sums it up, thank you everyone for the replies in advance!
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Any switch you try will be a dramatic difference between your membrane keyboard. Browns are a great switch, I prefer them over linear switches, but if you don't care about the tactile feedback, I'd go with the QFR + numpad. The reds and browns are essentially the same in terms of actuation force (45g) which is the lowest of the MX switches. I think its usually better if you buy stuff separate like that in case you need the number pad for something, while still having a more compact keyboard. I'm not sure about the quality of the TK, but I've owned several rapids and they have absolutely awesome build quality, the most recent one I got actually felt better than my filco (more solid, even the switches felt better to type on even though they're both blues).
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If you are really a typist but want to game i would pick the browns.
However.. for pure gaming.. especially quake with alot of strafes the Reds will be awsome as you basically don't feel pressing keys which allows you to focus on gaming.

The Quickfire Rapid is a great bang for the buck.. you can't really do something wrong getting it for gaming.

Though check out the new Quickfire Rapid Stealth:


Or the XT



To be honest.. i've instantly got used to my new Filco.
I've used a G15 before and it's not like i am using something completely different.
It's more like using keys which go straight down without shaking the switch doesn't give any kind of feedback, so it was more of an overall improvement.

I can't imagine someone would need like 1-2 weeks to get used to it.
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