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What do you guys think about the CM Storm quickfire ultimate with mx blues?

Its on sale and I want to try out mx blue. My only concern is propably that the keyboard seems a bit thick / has a higher height than my current Corsair K60 and might be uncomfortable or does it just looks like this?
Otherwise I read only good about it. Would you agree?

thanks in advance
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It's an ok choice, however it's worth noting the board is made by iOne so the build quality isn't likely to be as good as some of Cooler Master's other boards like the XT or Rapid/ Stealth. It's also worth noting it has a "non-standard" bottom row (check the Recommended Keyboard thread in my sig for an explanation), which means getting aftermarket keycaps for it is going to be pretty awkward.

How much were you looking to spend?
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It's an ok choice, however it's worth noting the board is made by iOne so the build quality isn't likely to be as good as some of Cooler Master's other boards like the XT or Rapid/ Stealth. It's also worth noting it has a "non-standard" bottom row (check the Recommended Keyboard thread in my sig for an explanation), which means getting aftermarket keycaps for it is going to be pretty awkward.

How much were you looking to spend?

wow thanks that is already some helpful information. I dont see really any reviews about the "ultimate" version, only the normal version which was always positive.
The non - standard bottom row keys are similar to the pro version then?

Well its not easy to say how much I would like to spend. My country is germany and the CM storm keyboard costs 70 euro as a special offer which is actually pretty good.
Another keyboard I have in mind is the Corsair K70 but the price is holding me back since I own already 2 mechanical keyboards with mx red. The Gigabyte aivia osmium and the corsair K60 but Im not so sure if I want to keep both.
I was able to test a keyboard with mx blue for like 2 days last year and it felt really good. I like the clicky clacky and maybe its the "right" mx type for me.
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The QuickFire Pro and Ultimate are the same in every way other than the fact the Ultimate has full backlighting, the Ultimate is pretty much the refresh of the same concept because the QuickFire Pro was their best selling board IIRC.

The K70 is ok, but has had some problems with boards arriving warped and LED's dying.

You could look at the Ducky Zero Shine, however I'm not sure if you'd be willing to spend that much.

MX Blues are the most popular switch according to data collected from the Mechanical Keyboard Club.
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Hm no, Ducky is no option. I would like to have a keyboard with a german layout. The CM ultimate keyboard is one of the cheapest options here in the moment. Even the K70 is 50 bucks more expensive but Im still a bit unsure about the ultimate if the quality is worse and the layout different. What is with the height?

I thought mx red are the most common switch but blue makes sense aswell.
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Hm no, Ducky is no option. I would like to have a keyboard with a german layout. The CM ultimate keyboard is one of the cheapest options here in the moment. Even the K70 is 50 bucks more expensive but Im still a bit unsure about the ultimate if the quality is worse and the layout different. What is with the height?

I thought mx red are the most common switch but blue makes sense aswell.

The CM boards by iOne are fine. I actually like em. CM on a whole seems to do good customer care as well. For the price, they are great.

If you want, you can also look for Funk. Very nice KB with red switch and a very clean look. And it has some Euro layouts.

As for switch:
Blue is great for typing, good for most games as well, as long as you are not a pro double tapper.
I like red better than black myself, of the "gaming" switches. Black is more mushy feeling, similar to a good rubber. Red has more of the mechanical feel for me. Blue is most popular on OCN, not better.
 
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I will think about the CM keyboard. The price is the biggest plus.Thanks for the thoughts!

The double tap is a valid point. I never really thought about but it shouldnt be that a big problem.
mx red are pretty great but mx blue feel just a little bit better in my opinion. It feels lets say.. satisfying. Mx brown aswell but there is just not enough tactile feeling. And for mx black.. I really dont like them so far. I tested this switch like 5 minutes and it feels so heavy and I assume it wouldnt be nice to write alot with it.
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I'm excited...about to purchase my first mechanical keyboard :D

 

I was going to post in the suggestions thread, but input seems to be more on the terse side there, so, I thought this might be a better place. I'd appreciate some suggestions/input to make sure I'm not missing anything.  This all started when I tried the Coolermaster Quickfire Stealth at Fry's. I LOVED how the keys felt and I also loved the size of the board -- I've never had a smaller board, as I love my numberpad. 

 

My issues with the board are that I prefer backlighting, as I like the extra key visibility when I have the lights dim, and, the position of the lettering on the side of the key would drive me insane, so that's a "no go". So, I started to research, trying to find a board that would replicate the typing experience, but had the features that I wanted.

 

I came up with the following list of features:

 

  • Tenkeyless (I'll supplement with a Filco Numberpad)
  • Cherry MX Brown Switches
  • Costar stabilizers (...I think?)
  • No macro keys
  • Multimedia keys -- I really just need volume/mute control, and it's ok if these are via a Fn modifier, though it's nice if they aren't
  • Blue backlighting -- I *might* be flexible on this

 

Also, I'd like this board to last a really long time, so apparently I want PBT keys? And, double-shot injection moulded caps are the best but almost nobody uses them? Are laser-etched that much worse? Almost all the boards seem to use laser-etched, which seems unfortunately. How much do these things matter?

 

The backlighting seemed to be the most limiting factor, so, I came up with the following list of boards:

 

  • Deck 87-key, Francium -- nice backlighting, but wrong switches and holy crap that font is awful
  • Ducky Shine 3 TKL --seems to be out of stock everywhere, and apparently uses Cherry stabilizers that can feel "squishy", which would be bad
  • Max Blackbird TKL -- seems to fit all my criteria, but OEM is "questionable"?

 

The Max seems to be the ideal board for my criteria, but apparently it is made by an OEM that some people dislike (iOne)? I honestly can't find a bad review for the board (not the OEM) anywhere, so while there's something to be said for brand loyalty, I'm not sure I'm willing to pass.

 

At any rate, once I started to see the pickings were going to be pretty slim, I crossed backlighting off the list (theoretically) to see what other options I had. I was impressed with the following boards:

 

  • Filco Majestouch 2 TKL -- seems to be a fantastic quality board, so I'd consider dropping the backlighting for the quality; unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available for purchase in the US >.<
  • Leopold TKL -- has the cherry stabilizers again
  • WASD TLK -- not sure about stabilizer type, doesn't seem to have accessible volume controls

 

Ok, I guess that's it. Am I missing any boards that could potentially work for what I want? It seems like my best choices are between the Max and the Filco, but I can't find the Filco anywhere, anyway. Possibly the WASD.

 

Budget is under $200. The board will be for a good bit of typing and gaming.

 

Appreciate the input and sorry this post got so long, ick.

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OK. A few more for you to look at:
Keykool. Much like a Duck but a bit cheaper. You can even find them in White! Look on banggood for them, good price and slow shipping.
Funk. Beautiful simple design. Only red switch, but if you want brown, red is close.

iOne has done well by me, they seem to depend on the brand for QQ. So something like the Max, it depends mostly on Max how they turn out. iOne themselves can do great work or cut corners depending on what is ordered. I have never minded Cherry stabilizers myself, but I bang the space with thumb tongue.gif

Get a Ducky 3. You won't be sorry or mind the hunt.
 
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