Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Compact Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Closer look

We have taken a look at much of the CM Storm keyboards like the Trigger, QuickFire Pro, and the QuickFire Rapid. The TK has the looks and feel of the latter two keyboards named. This is definitely a good thing as it is very solid and sturdy. It should have no problems of the daily abuse a keyboard would take when tossing it around due to bad results in your favorite FPS or packing it away to get ready for the next LAN party.

The TK's outer shell is made of very durable plastic and as of right now only comes in black. But the consumer does have his or her choice of mechanical Cherry switches which would include Red, brown and blue. We will be taking a look at the blue here today. Each of the red and blue switches comes with matching LED backlighting while the brown comes with white LEDs.

Being is the US market we get a keyboard that has the standard WASD setup. That means that all the lettering and punctuation keys are where you would want them to be. There are two Windows keys on the lower left and right that can be disabled when in battle with the aid of the F12 key.

The FN lock button in the lower right of the letter pad is used in conjunction with the FN1-FN12 keys to control the keyboard's lighting (FN1-FN4) and the media keys (FN5-FN11). Remember from up above the FN12 is for locking of the Windows key.

Off to the far right you get to keep your number pad for all that data input you will need to perform. There are two modes to these keys. The first would be when the NUMLK is activated they become simply number keys, when the NUMLK is deactivated they become directional keys. To determine which mode you are in is indicated by the LED backlighting. If the whole number pad is lit then you are in directional mode, if only the numbers are lit….well you get it.

The upper right corner consists of the indicators for Number Lock, Caps Lock and SCR Lock. CM kept the branding to a minimum with only the CM Storm logo present.

On the reverse side of the TK, we see that CM kept use of the cable management ditch. The ditch runs from the far right to the left with a small section right in the middle. This allows for easier routing to the PC from the desktop.

There are four rubber cushions for the keyboard to sit on. But if you prefer to adjust the height of your keyboard you can do it here via two lever feet that fold out.

With this unit being a Cherry MX blue unit, you will get the clicky clicky noise each and every time you press a key.

Lastly, we have the extra sturdy and thick USB cable that is detachable from the keyboard. It is good to know that the cable can be replaced if damaged. But you have to remember to not use just any cable because this has to carry power for the back lighting.