I usually try to keep my reviews impartial. I try to ignore my own opinion and just give the facts. However I must now apologise to you in advance since this review is going to be quite bias, because I have simply fallen in love with this keyboard.
I have always been a fan of Cooler Master as they have always supported the competitive gaming and eSports scene, and their products have always looked and felt really impressive. But the CM Storm QuickFire TK Stealth takes it to another level.
The first thing I want to mention is the build quality. It is an incredibly solid keyboard. Now when I mean solid, I really do mean solid. This keyboard is currently living at my home sitting in front of my bedroom computer (prime position reserved for my favourite keyboard!), and if someone were to break into my house, I could probably fight the intruder off with the keyboard and do some serious damage to them. It is solid, compact, nice and weighty and just feels right.
Next we have the layout. It is a “TK” which means tenkeyless, but not your typical tenkeyless. Usually, this means the removal of the numpad. However with this keyboard, they have kept the numpad and done away with the arrow keys and function buttons. However, all you need to do is hit the num lock switch, and the numpad lights up the arrow keys and turns the rest into function buttons. It is both incredibly well designed and makes the style even more attractive, which brings us to the next topic.
This is my first “stealth” styled keyboard, and I absolutely love it. The top of the key caps are blank (which promotes touch typing, something everyone should learn) but if you happen to forget where a key is, you don’t have to hit every key randomly until you find it or start searching on Google. The letters and numbers are printed on the front, so although it still has the stealth design, you can still learn your way around the keyboard quite easily if you have not yet mastered touch typing. The updated tenkeyless layout design combined with the stealth style makes this an incredibly beautiful minimalist keyboard.
I purchased the keyboard with MX Browns, but it is also available with MX Red and MX Blue switches, although I feel the browns are perfect for the product. The one word I would use to describe the CM Storm QuickFire TK Stealth to someone is “Solid”, and the browns go perfectly with that description. With more resistance than reds, and less clicky than blues, the browns are very reliable and can be used for any situation. Whether it is gaming or working in the office, the keyboard and switches will do the job perfectly.
However, as much as it pains me to do this, I must point out the one thing people may not like about this keyboard. The keyboard is very “thick” from base to top, more so than any other keyboard I have reviewed. Although this does not bother me, I could understand it may be a nuisance to someone else. Although an easy solution is just to buy yourself a wrist pad!
So there you have it, a review of my favourite keyboard so far. I have honestly tried to be impartial, but I love so much about this keyboard. I understand it may not be to everyone’s tastes, but if you enjoy the TK Stealth style, then I promise you this is a product that you should definitely consider buying.