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CM Storm Quick Fire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 5:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: CMSTORM

Final Thoughts


This is my first test with a Tenkeyless keyboard, and I have to say that the Quick Fire Stealth has really sold me on the setup. I rarely, if ever, use the number pad anyway, so not having that extra three inches or so of keyboard is very nice for me. I tend to type on my lap, and I am always running the right edge of my trigger into my desk, with the much shorter width of the Stealth, it just fits so much nicer and leaves room to do other things around it. For those using this on a desk, think about when you are gaming, you can now have more room to mouse on the side of the keyboard as well as saving desk space. While the blue Cherry MX switches aren't my personal choice, they aren't that far from the greens and I still got the tactile feel and satisfying click, it just takes less pressure to use the blues.


With facts like the numbers and letters moved to the front of the key caps, the fact that they send along a PS/2 adapter, and that you need that adapter for full NKRO support, you can tell this keyboard is designed for those who can really put the words out when typing with a fair amount of speed. If you have issues with surpassing the abilities of 12 KRO support, you are just a blur of finger while typing. This leads me to believe that unless you are buying this keyboard just because it is strange and will make your friends do a double take, and that is okay too, this keyboard is truly made for those purists out there who aren't going to be spending much time looking at the keyboard, except just to gauge where it is on the desk before you have at it. I for one am a bit of both. While I can go pretty good without looking at the keyboard, I am one who appreciated the tiny symbols on the keys I don't use as often to make sure I wasn't searching completely blind.


No matter how you see the Quick Fire Stealth, it is going to be a huge hit. Think about it like this. You have all of the basics needed, mechanical keys, key cap legends that won't wear off, at least on the stock key caps, it is Tenkeyless and saves room, and you have to admit it, the keyboard does look badass. Now add in the fact that there isn't any software to get in the way, no additional gamer keys, no profiles, just the purist form of typing bliss.


Considering then that the price of the Quick Fire Stealth is only $84.99 currently at the time of writing, and offers quite a bit for the money, you would be almost silly to pass this up if you are in the market for an affordable mechanical keyboard that gets the job done simply and with style.



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