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Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Stealth

The Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Stealth is the refined version of the Popular QuickFire Rapid keyboards. Usually used by gamers, the stealth version includes etched letters on the side of each keycap to provide visualization without touching wearing out each letter. The Stealth series includes the top of the line Cherry MX switches with a tenkeyless design. There are adjustable repeat rates and switchable keycaps.

Features:

  • Lifespan can survive up to 50 million keystrokes.
  • Tenkeyless design.
  • Rubber coated body (careful not to get any scratch marks!).
  • Letter etched on the side of each keycap.
  • Steel plating inside the design for durability.
  • Fully compatible with PS/2 on older systems.
  • Multimedia Shortcuts.
  • Removable and Replaceable gold plated cables with routing grooves.
  • LEDs directly on keycaps.
  • N-Key Rollover in PS/2 mode, 12-key rollover in USB mode.

The keyboard comes in three of the most common Cherry MX switches, and a green switch with extreme resistance, requiring more strength than black switches.
While it is a choice for gamers of all kinds, I found it as more convenient way for me to type. The tenkeyless designs allows me to carry it to my laptop downstairs, all the way from my desktop in my bedroom, I know for fact that all mechanical keyboards aren’t light, so you can see it as a useless advantage. The fact that I picked up this model for 74.99 USD was a huge plus, I saw some keyboards even go for 129.99 USD, and I definitely wasn’t going that far that just for a numpad. The design is very nice, and I thought it was genius for Cooler Master to etch the letters on the side of each cap, that why I won’t wear off the letters and I would be able to see what letters I am typing on whenever I have to reposition my home row keys at the same time. Without further ado, here’s my review:


I’ve gotten the keyboard not to long ago, pretty sure it was for a couple of weeks. Even today, i’m still trying to get used to the non-curved layout (my old keyboard was one of the microsoft 6000 wireless keyboards). I chose the blue Cherry MX switches, mainly because of typing. So far as my first mechanical keyboard, I can’t say that I know what other switches feel like, so the blue switches seems to be a good choice. I originally was going for a brown switch set, but I found that many reviewers prefer blue switches for typing, so I figured “why not?”. Some reviewed the newly developed green Cherry MX switches saying that it was more suited for typists, It was unavailable at the time I was looking through for replacement keyboards though. On the right, we have the keyboard outside of the box, and the actual box itself.


Inside the box was a bit generous by Cooler Master. They included a USB to PS/2 adaptor (most major brands for mechanical keyboards include this this), two ‘Cooler Master’ logo replacement caps for the bottom keys (like CTRL, ALT, the windows key and FN), red WASD keycaps with arrows etched on the top (defeats the whole purpose of the ‘stealth’ thing, don’t you think?), a key cap remover, a manual, the USB gold plated cable (it is included, but not shown in the picture), and the keyboard itself (once again, not in the picture). I really liked the effort Cooler Master put into the packaging, even the box itself is stylish and sleek! Other than cheap cases and fans, I have to say that this is probably one of their best products.


As said from the features, the entire keyboard base is outfitted with a rubber mesh. Personally, I would’ve liked it without the rubber mesh because within a few days, I wind up cleaning my keyboard a bit (my room gets quite dusty). This is no problem, since we are talking about a keyboard with letters etched onto the side, we probably won’t even care about looking at our keyboard! Personally, I’d at the same time prefer a rubber dome, I feel like it’ durability is much more resilient that way (see what I did there? Because rubber?). Although, it’s tenkeyless design may be a disadvantage from people who use numpads like accountants or number crunching mathematicians, there is no reason you should pay a few extra, like the Das Keyboard.


As we can see, the keyboard includes the same features like any old keyboard does. We have the good ole ctrl key, windows key (although, it looks more like Windows 8, ugh), alt key (with a stylish ‘A’ of course!), shift, caps lock (which includes a nice red LED), and a tab key on our left. On the right side, it includes the same row except for us having a ‘Function’ key between the second windows key, and the ctrl key. If you look closely at the top of the keyboard, the ‘F’ keys include a second set of actions, like ‘1x’, 2’x’, ‘4x’, and ‘8x’ (PS/2 mode only though). This is toggable by holding down the ‘Function’ key and pressing the said key with a totally different set of functions. Near the middle-top of the keyboard (not shown on camera), we have a range of multimedia settings, like a ‘Play’ or ‘Pause’ button on the ‘F5’ key, ‘Stop’ on the ‘F6’ key, ‘Rewind’ on the ‘F7’ key, and ‘Forward’ on the ‘Fast Forward’ key. We also have a neat little feature called a ‘Windows Lock’ switch, which does a very neat little trick. If you happen to be gaming (which is indeed what this keyboard has been designed for), you may find yourself slipping your pinkie towards that sneaky windows button, tabbing you out of the game. What you do is hold down the ‘Function’ key, press ‘F9’ and when the red led appears on that key cap, you can no longer be accidentally tabbed out of game. What this does is essentially disabling the windows start menu, so any full screen games won’t be minimized, or when doing work, you won’t be taken out of focus (mentally and physically on the screen). The rest of the ‘Function’ combo key are sound volume controls and muting. The ‘scroll lock’ key also has a nice red LED on top of its key cap, just like the ‘caps lock’ key and the ‘windows lock’.


Please not that if you are very used to typing on standard rubber dome keyboards, you’ll find that mechanical keyboards tend to have a higher profile than others. This could vary depending on what brand and model of keyboards you’re going to get, but I can say for fact that this one is a little high for me. You may have to buy yourself a keyboard wrist rest for the added comfort if you are used to resting your wrist on top your desk so often (I know I do). I have been getting some mild discomfort with this problem, so hopefully my gel wrist rest will come into the mail very soon.


This is the front of our keyboard with a nice added logo! You can definitely see it’s high profile here, so it’ll get you an idea how tall this thing is (I didn’t have anything to compare with it’s size, I was in quite a rush).


As said from the features, the bottom of the keyboard includes routes for some good ole cable management. The cable can extend out from the left, front and right of the keyboard. I personally have mines of the left because that’s where my desktop is located.


I spent 8.79 buying some O-Rings. Surprisingly, they weren’t bad at all. For 125 of em, you can dampen an entire full length keyboard, but personally I only used a few. O-Rings are used if you want to dampen the sound made on a mechanical keyboard, and possibly reduce travel. I have my O-Rings placed on non-typing keys (like ctrl, alt, ‘F’ function keys, ‘Ins’ and ‘Home’, etc) so that way I only have that ‘clicky’ sound when I’m typing. I’m going to admit, it’s been great typing on this keyboard, aside from the problems I had, I can’t ask for better with 85 bucks (excluding the O-Rings). I hope you guys find this guide useful in some way and thank you for reading up on my review on mechanical keyboards! Check out my other reviews in the category page at the bottom of this page, and remember to have fun typing!

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