CM Storm Quickfire TK Keyboard Review
Published: 15th November 2012 | Source: CM Storm | Price: |
Lately we've been seeing more and more keyboards that have a separate cable, and the TK is no exception. The cable is of the highest quality, with very soft braiding and the ubiquitous gold plating.
The size, or rather lack of, is the most striking element. Thanks to some very careful key arrangement you have everything you could wish, just in a more compact size.
Underneath is the cable connector which can be then routed straight out the back or either side depending where your tower is situated. The feet are higher than many we've seen in recent times and allow for a very comfortable typing angle.
If you've ever wondered how you could tell these are Cherry Red switches, the answer is rather obviously in the colour. It's not some nebulous marketing identifier. The red switches are red, the blues blue, etc etc. One of the little things that CM Storm have added which helps both in terms of solidity and attention to detail is the steel plate which is colour-coded to match the switch type.
Often compact keyboards achieve their small stature by dispensing with the numpad, so we're pleased to see that CM Storm have kept the numpad but relocated the cursor cluster to the numblock. The keys already duplicate the majority of the insert/home suite, so only the print screen and pause/break keys are added.
With a combination of the function key and the F1-F4 keys the keyboard springs to life with an extremely bright (but thankfully variable) red glow. In keeping with the trend of gaming keyboards you can also set it to only illuminate the WASD keys.
One very cool little feature is when you hit the numlock the cursors match the numlock status, allowing for an 'at a glance' idea of which mode you're in.