CM Storm QuickFire TK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
|CM Storm QuickFire TK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Features and Specifications|
|Installation and Testing|
Have we got a treat for you! Today we are bringing you the QuickFire TK mechanical keyboard by CM Storm - a division of Cooler Master. This company is well-known for products such as cases, mice, keyboards, pads and more - all of which you will find on their website.
We've reviewed another CMStorm keyboard named the QuickFire Pro. The QuickFireTK is similar to the one we reviewed previously, the TK is simply slightly smaller.
This bad boy looks like it was built for rough and tumble use. It is quite chunky; as are other mechanical keyboards but still looks like a pretty piece of hardware.
The first thing you notice when you take the QuickFireTK out of the box is how heavy it is. This sucker weighs in at 544g/1.2lbs. It also boasts a nylon sheathed cord that can be removed for easy transport. It can be routed through the back of the keyboard or either of the sides to help keep cable clutter to a minimum on your desk. Located on the bottom of this beast are four anti-slip pads and if you are using the legs they also have rubber feet attached so there won’t be so much slipping around.
On that note, we might as well mention that this keyboard is shorter than the QuickFire Pro, and they accomplished this by combining the arrow keys with the number pad. All you have to do to change between them is simply press the numlock key.
The keys that are on the product are mostly the same as any generic keyboard - except for the fact that there is a red background behind them and secondary functions for all the f-keys as well as the escape key. These can be activated by pressing and holding the FN-lock key. Doing so allows you access to seven multimedia buttons that control your sound and can pause, play, stop, or choose next and previous.
When the FN-lock is active, the escape key can be used to turn on N-key rollover or 6KRO. This means that you should be able to press six buttons at once and all of them will register. The full NKRO lets you happily press all the keys you want and they all will register. Beware, NKRO is not used by Macs and stops some PCs from starting up. It also includes a Windows lock button, meaning you can lock the start menu so if you press it during a game you won’t get kicked to your desktop.
The last four functions have to do with backlighting. There is one button to turn the backlight on and off, one to brighten it and one to dim it and finally, one to change the lighting mode. There are lighting modes to choose from. These range from being fully lit, to slowly pulsating and lastly to just showing the WASD and arrow keys. There are five brightness levels as well making it nice for in the day when you want it bright, or in the night so you can see better what you are typing. This comes in handy when gaming in the dark and trying to type a message in an efficient time frame.
On the next page we'll cover the features and specifications before we jump into installation and testing.