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CM Storm QuickFire XTi Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Dec 10, 2015 2:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: CM Storm

Final Thoughts

 

There is a lot to like about this design in the QuickFire XTi. We love the fact that this solution is driver-less, requiring you only to learn to finesse the keyboard to do as you wish rather than clicking away in software. Outside of being a solid keyboard with Cherry MX blue switches in it, which we prefer, but you do have other options, Cooler Master is still able to offer a keyboard worthy of the "gaming" moniker. Sticking with a typical 104-ley layout, using the Function key and a plethora of secondary keys across the top, you can get this keyboard to do anything your heart desires, it just takes a bit of an effort.

 

 

In our testing, we found no dead switches, no sticky keys, just hours of pleasurable typing and gaming sitting behind this QuickFire XTi. The default setup with full NKRO support and anti-ghosting, along with 1ms response time offers you top tier performance all the time from the components inside. Speaking of which, we typically peel our keyboards open, but this design is screw-less and requires some pry tool to open the QuickFire XTi without damaging your fingers or the finish on the keyboard. While this does not make it super easy for the mod community, it does keep amateur hands off of stuff they don't need to be on, and likely will reduce RMA claims for them as well. With everything this keyboard offers, we find ourselves sitting here scratching our heads wondering why so many need huge software suites, and sometimes they offer less functionality at the same time.

 

The lighting we dig as well. Red and blue have to be the top two choices out there for backlit keyboards, and that is included here. Mixing them is also cool, as purple is a bit lighter, and will also draw in the female crowd to their keyboards. As far as the modes go, they too add a lot of style and options. We did find that not all of what we described earlier came ready to go on the QuickFire XTi; we did have to get the latest firmware for the game and the wave where it then drives the lights across the board changing them from blue to purple to red, and repeating this over and over.

 

It always comes down to price though when looking at buying a new mechanical keyboard to use day to day, and Cooler Master is right on the mark with the pricing of the QuickFire XTi. Even at $144, you get a lot of keyboard for the investment. Considering though that this keyboard can be had for $115, this driverless design offers a ton of bang for the buck. No headaches from software, the ability to program and save things on the go, anywhere, multiple LED color choices and lighting effects, the list goes on and on. In the end, Cooler Master and the CM Storm team deliver another high-quality solution to mechanical keyboarding and is well worth your attention when looking to replace your daily driver.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance98%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging96%
Value for Money97%
Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: Cooler Master and their QuickFire XTi reminds us why we gravitate to them. Always on the edge with new offerings, delivering solid and dependable products, and in this instance, can be had for a very reasonable price.

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