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CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard

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Posted August 9, 2013 by Jake in Peripherals

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Price at time of Review: $85
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Minimalist design; Stealthy styling; Compact size; Great build quality; Good price
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

No numpad; No wrist rest; Lack of advanced features such as profiles
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you want a keyboard with few frills, a minimalist design, and stealthy styling without costing a fortune, then this one is a great option.
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Summary

Typically we see stealthy-styled keyboards in the realm of the specialized and dedicated enthusiasts. They are rather unique in design, and often cost quite a bit. The Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth, however, appears to be an attempt to capture the intent of that stealthy approach while keeping the costs down, by literally reducing the size of the board by removing the numpad entirely. If you don’t need a numpad, then you may have a favourite new peripheral here with the QuickFire Stealth.

There’s nothing extraneous on this board for the most part, though there are integrated media keys, which is a smart approach to keep the layout more compact in size as well. It’s built like a tank, though it does feel a bit plasticky in its construction, and it’s also a bit bulky in the wrist area, more noticeable without the inclusion of a proper wrist rest. So you may find the QuickFire Stealth a bit uncomfortable if you have small hands.

There are just a few downsides though. The Stealth is a vanilla board; you don’t get any fancy software or lighting effects, and you can’t set any profiles here. Also, if you’re obviously accustomed to a numpad then you’ll be searching for phantom numbers on this board as well. Lastly, there are no media ports here, no backlit keys, and no wrist rest to speak of either. While the QuickFire is undoubtedly solid and compact, you do get a barebones keyboard without any sort of sexy features.

Retailing for about $85, the QuickFire Stealth Blue isn’t terribly cheap, but it’s very well priced for what you get. If you’re looking for unique keyboard that will certainly strike up some conversation amongst friends or at a LAN party, then the empty keycap tops will do just the trick. Presumably you can look down upon the typing noobs who need to look at the keys other than W, A, S , and D for their gaming fix.

The Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth doesn’t come with any frills whatsoever, but if you want a keyboard that has a minimalist design with stealthy styling and doesn’t cost a fortune, then this one is a great option.

Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth

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