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I had to increase my budget and ordered this keyboard. Will I regret it? And is it actual today for it's price range?

Also, is it possible via hard mod to change the switch types?

P.S the kb has red switches.
Edited by farmdve - 11/18/13 at 8:52am
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I love my reds.
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I got my QF XT a week ago and love it. I took the plunge and went from MX Blues to Greens and I'm really enjoying the XT. I've had a QFR at work for the better part of the year and I was really missing the number pad.

I'd been debating getting a Filco for a while. When I saw that the XT was finally out the question became which switch instead of which keyboard with the nod going to the XT. the QFR is a rock solid board and I'm expecting that this is going to be it's big brother.

I'm not sure what you mean by changing switches via hard mode. As far as I know that you'd have to unsolder the switches to change them to a different type. I don't think you can swap stems and springs without removing them first....I could be wrong.

In short I don't think you'll regret getting the XT.


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I got my QF XT a week ago and love it. I took the plunge and went from MX Blues to Greens and I'm really enjoying the XT. I've had a QFR at work for the better part of the year and I was really missing the number pad.

I'd been debating getting a Filco for a while. When I saw that the XT was finally out the question became which switch instead of which keyboard with the nod going to the XT. the QFR is a rock solid board and I'm expecting that this is going to be it's big brother.

I'm not sure what you mean by changing switches via hard mode. As far as I know that you'd have to unsolder the switches to change them to a different type. I don't think you can swap stems and springs without removing them first....I could be wrong.

In short I don't think you'll regret getting the XT.


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It is a TK not an XT.
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It is a TK not an XT.

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I own the TK, and I don't regret it.

HOWEVER, there may be thing that YOU may regret, or annoy you. These are:

  1. The TK uses a strange bottom row sizing for keycaps. It's hard to find keycaps for the bottom row at 1.25x AND 2.x etc. Meaning you might have a hard time finding whole sets of keycaps for it. Only keycap SET that fits the bill as of now is the MaxKeyboard Transluscent set. (Razer BlackWidow and many Corsair keyboards also suffer from this.) Also the spacebar is of 6.5x length.
  2. The Win Lock (via Fn + F12) causes the F12 key to light up, which is no problem. BUT this particular key along with the FN key, when lit up, are not adjustable in brightness even if you had the LED on all the other keys. Meaning, these two stand out when they are lit up unless you set all other keys to max brightness.
  3. Yes, having a num pad in a TKL size is a good thing. But it's also the achilles heel of the TK even though it is its selling point. Gets less annoying once you're used to it, but not "perfect" solution nonetheless.


Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the keyboard. I love it. Just thought I'd point them out. Mine is with white backplate and brown switches in UK layout.
My TK, with the aforementioned MaxKeyboard keycap set w/ front print. (Click to show)

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I received the keyboard, this being my first mechanical keyboard ever, my current opinion is that the force needed for actuation is too low. As in the keys barely need pushing to work, and this causes me problems in typing. Like sometimes I want to rest my fingers on the keys, or touch the keys and swipe across to get to where I want, but this causes the keys to be pushed. I thought the size of the enter key will be sufficient(I have the model with the small enter key; SGK-4020-GKCR1), but I do occasionally push "\" the key above it.

It will also take time to get used to the spacing of the keys, as I do miss often, but it does feel as if I am typing faster than before.


Also, this is probably unrelated, but as soon as I tried out the keyboard, I lost all grip strength in my right arm. Why? I don't know, but I hope it isn't carpal tunnel syndrome. I used my mouse for a whole week to type using the onscreen keyboard, this means A LOT of mouse usage and compression of the wrist.
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It will take some getting used to. My wife went with MX reds coming from the MS Ergo keyboard and said it took some getting used to. Blues have stiffer springs and I had similar issue when I made the jump as well. I think that's part and parcel for transition from membrane to mechanical.
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I went with the Quickfire TK with MX Blue switches. I love mine and I feel that the actuation point is just right for me. If you feel that those are too light, you can go with brown, blue, or black switches. (Blues have a tactile feedback and an audible click) You shouldn't have any issues once you fully get used to the keyboard. The only issue I had was getting used to the positioning of the bottom row keys. The space bar is larger than others I have had so the CTRL+Windows+Alt keys on the left side are all in different positions from what I'm used to. Not by much mind you, but enough to cause me to have to relearn my quick hitting in games.
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I received the keyboard, this being my first mechanical keyboard ever, my current opinion is that the force needed for actuation is too low. As in the keys barely need pushing to work, and this causes me problems in typing. Like sometimes I want to rest my fingers on the keys, or touch the keys and swipe across to get to where I want, but this causes the keys to be pushed. I thought the size of the enter key will be sufficient(I have the model with the small enter key; SGK-4020-GKCR1), but I do occasionally push "\" the key above it.

It will also take time to get used to the spacing of the keys, as I do miss often, but it does feel as if I am typing faster than before.


Also, this is probably unrelated, but as soon as I tried out the keyboard, I lost all grip strength in my right arm. Why? I don't know, but I hope it isn't carpal tunnel syndrome. I used my mouse for a whole week to type using the onscreen keyboard, this means A LOT of mouse usage and compression of the wrist.

It's likely just a strained hand muscle. I had that issue when I worked for a market cutting meat. I had to grip a knife slicing through dense meat for 8 hours and then I would have no grip the next day. Granted, the situations are different but the symptoms are the same.
Edited by Terrere - 11/19/13 at 7:05am
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