Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi keyboard review

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Mechanical Cherry Keys

All keys are mechanical, in our case making use of cherry brown MX with RB LED (Red/Blue) backlit switches. The idea behind mechanical switches is that they give a key press a more perceptible feel opposed to keys with a standard rubber membrane used in cheaper dome based keyboards. Gamers seem to prefer mechy's very much over dome based keys, and ever since the past year or three mechanical keyboards have been on the rise bigtime. 

The keyboard registers ALL keys pressed at once, as such this is full key rollover. If we may believe Cherry, these Cherry MX switches can withstand over 50 million key presses. Each key switch is mounted directly onto a top plate that ensures structural rigidity, topped with a translucent ABS laser-etched UV coated keycap to enable back-lighting. 

Back-lighting on a Cherry MX switch is much sharper than that of a membrane keyboard because each key is lit by an individual LED and not in an array. This means that if you  remove the keycap, you can see a LED directly under it that maximizes the lighting effect. Examples you can see on this page.

Our keyboard houses brown Cherry MX switches. You however get to choose from the blue and red model as well. There are actually four types in general with the following specifications:

  • Cherry MX Black - Linear switch with Actuation Force: 60g (40g-80g overall)
  • Cherry MX Brown Switches - Tactile Switch with Actuation Force: 45g (55g Peak Force)
  • Cherry MX Blue Switches - Tactile & Clicky with Actuation Force: 50g (60g Peak Force)
  • Cherry MX Red Switches  - Linear Switch with Actuation Force: 45g

Each color switch feels different and Cooler Master offers this keyboard available in three color switches (for your personal preference). 

The Cherry MX mechanical switches are intended for for fast, efficient gaming.  The keys are curved a little and are fairly slippery which gives them a good positioned feel. 

You can purchase and replace/swap key caps. Albeit I doubt people are actually doing that these days ? 

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