CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Fresh out of the box, the QuickFire XT is now on full display. There is a 104 key layout of switches and keycaps. Each of the keycaps is laser etched for longevity, but I would swear they are painted over the etching to make the legends as bright as possible.
While there is a claim to this 1.9" height being a slim design, in reality it is the same thickness as my Trigger. The bottom section is thinner, and the top covers more of the sides, but it is the same height still. You can also see the keycaps are textured and concave to give fingertips the best feel of each key.
On the left side of the XT it has the Standard English QWERTY layout. If this looks a bit plain to you for a gaming keyboard, CM Storm adds some keycaps that help break up all the black and also adds some Cooler Master naming to the top of the keyboard.
With use of the Function button on the lower part of the keyboard, you can gain access to the multimedia keys and the F9 Windows lock-out key. This will keep you from dropping out of a game accidentally.
The right side of the keyboard offers a full sized number pad. On the top row of the keypad is where you will find the repeat rate keys to allow you to spam key presses. Above that you will find the three locks for the keyboard with red LEDs to denote when they are active.
With the legs in the back now set out for this image, you can tell this is the way it is meant to be used. The angles of the keycaps are no longer leaning to the back. With the extra half inch added to the back, all of the caps take on a better ergonomic angle of use.
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