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Jul 02, 13 at 2:58pmleochan


If you're particularly troubled by the prospect that all those labels on the keys of your mechanical keyboard may rub off or get discolored as a result of your fingertips, while still needing something compact, Cooler Master just might have you covered with its CM Storm QuickFire Stealth.

Its "Phantom Keys" move all key labels to the front-facing side face of the keys, leaving the very top surfaces that you actually type on blank. The QuickFire Stealth also eschews a number pad to keep a trim figure. Hit our review to see if all this adds up to a mechanical keyboard that is as useful as it its unique design decisions.

CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Sep 15, 13 at 2:58pm
redbaron354


Fair enough lol



Sep 15, 13 at 2:54pm
aaron6581230


While I agree that the missing numpad does have its purpose to keep the dimensions compact, it's important to keep in mind that many gamers do more than just play games on their machines. Otherwise, we'd see many more people purchasing dedicated "gamepad" boards. It's like seeing a performance car without automatic windows or nice seats; it's meant for speed but needs to cover the basics first. The size definitely made carrying around the keyboard much easier though, especially with the detachable cable.

With regards to the repeat rate key settings, I see what you're saying there. It works for certain functions but what happens for RTS games where you use WASD to pan the camera? Otherwise as mentioned, I could barely navigate menus with the function enabled.

With that said, thanks for the feedback. I'll definitely keep it in mind for future reviews.



Sep 15, 13 at 2:20pm
redbaron354


Edit* I made a mistake I meant to say that the keyboard is made for RTS and FPS not MMO because it does not have macro keys.



Sep 15, 13 at 2:14pm
Jonathan Otis


Edit* I forgot to mention that not having the top of the keys labeled is a sought after feature in gaming because it helps you to learn all your keys and combos without looking. This very much helps your overall game speed/actions per minute as you become proficient at never having to glance at your keyboard.



Sep 15, 13 at 2:10pm
Jonathan Otis


I think it should be mentioned that this is 100 percent in every way, a gaming keyboard. It is intended for use in MMO and RTS games. It is a ten keyless keyboard meant for a compact design to allow for less space between your mouse and keyboard hand which in extended use can help with wrist injuries etc. Its not supposed to have a num pad because those are useless for competitive gamers. The repeat rate key settings are in fact incredibly useful for games, especially Starcraft 2, where you often have to build many units at once. Increasing the ramp rate allows you to produce significantly more units in much less time than normal. While I think your review was well written and I appreciate it, I feel you made the mistake a reviewing a product intended for one use completely different than it was ever made for. This would be like reviewing a performance car and complaining that the ride was really rough and bumpy and was to hard to drive smoothly because the throttle was to sensitive and the engine had to much power. And that your Mercedes just seemed more comfortable. I just want to make sure that you take the time to look up the product your reviewing and its features the next time you leave a review that way readers can get a better idea of how good the product actually is in terms of its intended use.



Jul 02, 13 at 2:58pm
leochan


If you're particularly troubled by the prospect that all those labels on the keys of your mechanical keyboard may rub off or get discolored as a result of your fingertips, while still needing something compact, Cooler Master just might have you covered with its CM Storm QuickFire Stealth.

Its "Phantom Keys" move all key labels to the front-facing side face of the keys, leaving the very top surfaces that you actually type on blank. The QuickFire Stealth also eschews a number pad to keep a trim figure. Hit our review to see if all this adds up to a mechanical keyboard that is as useful as it its unique design decisions.





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