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CM Storm Quick Fire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

CM Storm Quick Fire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review
Today we get an up-close look at CM Storm's Quick Fire Stealth mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX blue switches.
By: | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 5:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: CMSTORM

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




I want to start with what we see in the chart above before I get too far ahead of myself with the features. The Quick Fire Stealth is also known by the SGK-4000-GK, and when ordering you need to pay close attention to the last three characters of that name. If you want Cherry MX red switches, you need the CR2 model, for browns the CM2 model, for greens (hardest to locate) the CG2 model, and for the blue switch model we were sent, you need to look for the CL2 model of this keyboard. The Stealth offers 12 key roll over in USB mode, but if you need full no key roll over, install the PS/2 adapter they send for that capability. There is also something called repeat rate that I will cover very soon that is also only active in PS/2 mode. They also include things like red WASD keys with arrows on them along with a pair of Cooler Master logo caps for the pair of Windows buttons by the spacebar, and the Stealth has a detachable USB cable like the rest of the series has.


The first and most visual feature is that the letters and such have been removed from the top of the plastic key caps. They are now much smaller and on the front side of all of the keys. This does a few things. One it will really impress your friends when they see there is nothing on top of your keys. It also makes it so you will never wear them off. Lastly since this keyboard is designed to give the faster typists a board to take on anything you can do, you are already a touch typist, and since there are still raised bumps on the home keys, it is just as easy to find your starting point, as it is on any other keyboard. Then you have things like the four speed of repeat rate to bind keys in game and make them spam commands faster with the use of the function key and the F1 through F4 buttons. There are also seven multi-media keys tied into the F-keys that allow you to control any media player with them. You have the Windows lock out keys so that you don't accidentally end up on the desktop, and the board offers a Windows keys on both sides of the space bar.


One of the more important facts about the Stealth is that this is a Tenkeyless design, so you don't have the typical number pad. As for lighting, the Stealth is not back lit, but the three red LED lock lights do add just enough light to be cool without being obnoxiously bright. Remember this is for touch typists, so key backlighting isn't needed.


As I look around, I am glad to see that with a smaller mechanical keyboard, you also are going to pay a much smaller price than the typical average of around $120 that many mechanical keyboards. As I look around, I am finding that the best place to buy one currently is direct from Cooler Master. At the CM Store, you will find the offerings listed at $94.99 before shipping is included, and the best I found online was at just more than $86 before shipping was included. I also noticed that most e-tailers are only offering the blue switch version, where as the CM Store has all but the red at the same price.


While the keyboard in design and function may have been designed for the purists and the elite, at least it doesn't come with an astronomical price that is usually present with such words in most products like this.

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