Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Keyboard Review

High quality keyboards have become a major focus from computer accessory manufacturers over the last few years as serious gamers and typists are putting more and more pressure on companies to provide them with a product to fill that ever elusive ‘sweet spot’ of keying. Cooler Master’s sub-brand CM Storm stepped up to the plate and offered the Quick Fire XTi keyboard to face the community. Let’s see how they did in the eyes of our Munky, Jeremy.

The Quick Fire XTI Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is billed as a ‘sleek mechanical gaming keyboard with multi-color backlighting’, striking all of the big buzz words right from the beginning. The company website news announcement takes a good deal of time to highlight the design minimalism and clean look with the ability to choose multiple ways to run the cable to minimize clutter, the minimalist lines of the keyboard itself and it’s solidity, which includes an anti UV coating to help the keys last against fading from direct sunlight. Like any good gamer would ever allow THAT to happen.

At the time of the writing of this review, the cost of this keyboard at Amazon.com is $138.99 US.

First, let’s get a look at the specifications found at the Cooler Master website:
Specifications

Model Number SGK-4060-KKCL1 (Blue switch)
SGK-4060-KKCM1 (Brown switch)
SGK-4060-KKCR1 (Red switch)
Key Switch Type CHERRY MX Blue/ Brown/ Red
Availability may vary by region
Key Rollover NKRO (Windows only)
Keycaps ABS, grip coated, removable
Polling Rate 1000 Hz/1ms
Backlight Full backlit, 35 colors, 5 settings
Windows Key Lock Yes
Media Keys Yes (via F keys)
Interface Micro USB 2.0, full speed
USB cable 1.5m braided, gold plated and removable
Dimensions 43.9(L) *13(W) *4.1(H) cm
17.28(L) *5.12(W) *1.61(H) inch
Weight 1114 g / 2.46 lbs

Let’s get a look at what this keyboard looks like.

Coming up next ….. Page 2: Layout.

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