Cooler Master has released a new gaming keyboard, the CM Storm Quickfire TK. Built for gamers needing to take a dependable keyboard with them for tournament play, the Quickfire TK features hard plastic and metal construction and small form factor. To meet this aim and keep it affordable, Cooler Master has made the Quickfire TK a no-frills affair. For example, there is only one red back-light color and it is keyboard controllable via 5 intensity levels and three modes of operation (pulse, steady, and WASD). What the keyboard lacks in “frills”, however, it makes up in dependability. This lack of bells and whistles should not discourage you from checking it out. The CM Storm Quickfire TK is an excellent keyboard that exudes rugged design. Its compact but very hefty and it wont go jumping around your gaming station in the heat of battle. There are no software-based controls for the keyboard, it is all done on the hardware itself by way of a special function key. The numeric keypad shares keys with the extended “home”, “del”, etc keys as well as the arrows. The whole keyboard is

The Cooler Master Storm Quickfire TK keyboard is available in three flavors of Cherry MX switches: Red, Brown, and Blue. Basically, this allows you to get the keyboard that best fits your particular preference. Cherry MX Blue switches tend to be tactile and “clicky”. Red switches are not either but its shorter action makes it a bit more suited to gaming. The Brown switch variant is very tactile, with a noticeable pressing action but is not nearly as noisy as the Blue switches. The choice is yours, however some key types are more readily available in certain markets than others. Shop around until you find a supplier with the one you desire.

I used the CM Storm Quickfire TK in multiple games, from Sword of the Stars to Call of Duty: Black Ops II and even some Company of Heroes. I loved my experience with the keyboard and the only issue I had with it was the occasional pressing of the wrong key due to the small surface area of the keys. While the key bases are a standard size, they taper to a much smaller size on the finger-pressing side. This helps keep the keys from bumping up next to one another. Unfortunately, I am a bit thick-fingers and sometimes am not all that coordinated… ;)

Overall, the Cooler Master Storm Quickfire TK gaming keyboard is a compact, dependable, and rugged keyboard. It accomplishes everything it sets out to do and is available now at Cooler Master’s CM Storm official website. It may not have a 16 million color back-lighting system like some other keyboards out there, but I would like to see someone use those keyboards as a club when the LAN tournament gets heated. I think not. With the Quickfire TK, you can quickly detach the braided cable and start swinging.

Pros

  • Rugged construction
  • Detachable, braided cable
  • Small size but a good weight

Cons

  • Small keys

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Specifications

Model Number SGK-4020-GKCR1(Red switch)
SGK-4020-GKCM1(Brown switch)
SGK-4020-GKCL1(Blue switch)
Key Switch Cherry MX Blue/ Brown/ Red
Keycaps ABS, grip coated, removable
Keycap Puller Yes, ring-puller
Backlight All keys, Red, 5 Levels, 3 Modes
Key Rollover NKRO (windows only)
Polling Rate 1000 Hz /1 ms
Interface USB 2.0 full speed
USB cable 1.8m, braided, gold plated, removable
Dimensions 377.5(L)*138(W)*33(H)mm14.9(L)*5.4(W)*1.3(H)inch
Weight 544 g/1.2 lbs
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