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Playing with the QuickFire Stealth

The product is recommended for users who know their way around a keyboard without having to follow the labels to look for the keys. A quick peek down might cost a virtual life or a mission objective during a game match. The QuickFire Stealth is best used on FPS games, because they usually do not require a lot of macros or special commands – those can be set on a good gaming-grade mouse.

The detachable cable is a great idea to make this compact keyboard even more portable; however, the niche that houses the mini-USB port is a little hard to reach to plug the cable in. The grooves help managing the cable in a more organized way.

QuickFire StealthFigure 7: Mini-USB port

Without a numeric pad, using the QuickFire Stealth for work (especially with spreadsheets) or even accessing websites that require entering codes and IDs is a little hard. Also, long writing sessions can be a drag if the user does not have a knack for typing. We missed a wrist rest.

As it happened with the QuickFire XT, we noticed the loud sound from the Cherry MX Blue switches. Our teammates, chatting over a teleconference, heard our typing loud and clear being picked up by the headset. The light tactile response made the keyboard very agile and trustworthy during several hours of virtual warfare.

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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.