Using the QuickFire Pro mechanical gaming keyboard for a couple of weeks and writing a few reviews with it, I do find myself not hitting multiple keys as much on the CM Storm as I did then, but that also may be attributed to a month or so of me getting used to mechanical keyboards in general. I found the Cherry MX Brown switches do have a better "feel" to them than the red's I started using in my reviews. There is a feel-able "bump" in the key travel midway down. This I think has some bearing on the fact that I am not hitting multiple keys at once. As it takes a bit more force to activate the browns than the reds took and that bump is almost a safety net of sorts, as it takes just a bit more pressure to get the key through the "bump" in its travel to activation.
As far as the rest of the features go, they are cool to have, but some I just don't see the difference unless specifically testing them to see the speed or see how many keys sow up in notepad when I mashed the keys. Having an adjustable polling rate may give you an advantage if you are very fast on the keys. In my experience running through the setting none of them hindered my experience in what I play. The optional roll over is nice, but again I don't try to get more than one, two, or three keys going at once and Control-Alt.-Delete works on any keyboard. This isn't to say there aren't users experiencing issues with these exact features on lesser boards, it's just that this keyboard showed no issues with the low end settings, there isn't really the need to set everything to its highest levels unless you are experiencing specific issues with your usage or gaming on the QuickFire Pro.
The multimedia keys work with most programs by default although you either need to keep the FN lock on all the time or remember to hit it before you try to use them. This brings me to the lighting. I like the simple eight key lighting and I like the advanced lighting of 26 keys. If you are a visual typist, having half of the keys lit in a darkened room almost erases the letters on the other keys as you use it, the contrast is just that bright when the LEDs are at full strength.
As for the aspect of specifically gaming on this keyboard and maybe a little bit of chatting and replies on Facebook, this is a really great option for the $110 average price. In the end I am left wanting a little more though, as I do wish this keyboard had a fully illuminated option.
Considering that every key on the QuickFire Pro is a Cherry MX Brown switch and this is where others saved money for the high-end aluminum top, if lighting isn't a must, you are getting a bit more bang for the buck with the CM Storm QuickFire Pro, as it is a truly mechanical gaming keyboard that has a few extra options in lighting and control without all the mess of adding a driver suite.
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- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [CM Storm QuickFire Pro]
- Page 5 [CM Storm QuickFire Pro Continued]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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