CM Storm QuickFire Pro Keyboard Review

Hardware Secrets Bronze Award

Main Characteristics

The QuickFire Pro uses Cherry MX switches. The models can have one of the four types of Cherry MX switches available: Black, Blue, Brown or Red. We got the Cherry MX Brown on the model sent for our review. A sticker on the box indicates which type of switch the keyboard possesses. The different colors indicate the type of feedback (force or linear), the actuation force (from 45g to 60g) and if the keys are silent or make a clicking sound. Force feedback means your finger actually feels a small resistance when pressing the key; a linear feedback offers a smoother typing experience. The Cherry MX Brown has an actuation force of 45g, force feedback and silent clicks (in comparison, since it’s noisier than a membrane keyboard).

QuickFire ProFigure 7: Cherry MX Brown switch with LED

Although it’s a gaming-grade keyboard, the QuickFire Pro has no programmable keys or macro functions. The user can only adjust the USB polling rate (8/4/2/1 ms) and enter rollover mode to enable multiple key presses without ghosting (that is, the keyboard won’t mess up the signals). This would make more sense if the QuickFire Pro allowed macro recording. Those adjustments can be made by combining the Function key with the Insert, Delete, NumLock, /, * and – keys.

The Function key also controls the intensity of the illumination and can set the cluster of keys being lit (F1-F4), enable the multimedia keys (F5-F11) and lock the Windows button (F12). There’s only partial illumination available.

QuickFire ProFigure 8: Minimum number of illuminated keys

QuickFire ProFigure 9: Maximum number of illuminated keys

Author: André Gordirro

A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil's biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.

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