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CoolerMaster introduces cunningly compact Quick Fire TK Stealth keyboard

CoolerMaster introduces cunningly compact Quick Fire TK Stealth keyboard

CoolerMaster Quick Fire TK Stealth keyboard

CoolerMaster has unveiled an intriguing new addition to its mechanical-switch gaming keyboard range in the form of the CoolerMaster Quick Fire TK Stealth keyboard.

The keyboard's most obvious features are its side-printed keys, which leave the tops of the keys completely black. CoolerMaster points out this has more than just aesthetic benefits as it also means the labels aren't worn away by your fingers.

Next up is something we've not yet tried before, which is CoolerMaster's TK key layout. At first it looks like a standard tenkeyless design but in actual fact instead of dropping the numkey section, the cursor keys and Insert/Delete/Home/etc keys have been chopped out and incorporated into the numkey section. The result is a compact keyboard but without any loss of functionality. At least in theory; what it's like to use is something we can't yet comment on.

The rest of the keyboard's features are more familiar, with the keys using a choice of Cherry MX switches (red, brown and blue) and allowing for complete N-key rollover. The Windows key can also be disabled and the USB cable can be detached/replaced. One obvious missing feature, however, is backlighting, with only the cursor keys and certain function keys incorporating LEDs.

The CoolerMaster Quick Fire TK Stealth will be available in the UK in mid December for £84.99, with the initial batch all using Brown switches, while those willing to get a US version can pick them up via the EU website, for $94.95 euros.

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GrahamC 20th November 2013, 09:21 Quote
This will tank.
Nexxo 20th November 2013, 10:04 Quote
Don't think so. There's a whole geek market for compact mechanical keyboards, and this makes for a very accessible purchase.
Spreadie 20th November 2013, 10:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by GrahamC
This will tank.
Got anything to back that up?

It would be far from ideal as a replacement office board however I almost never use my cursor keys etc at home, but I do use the keypad, so this would be a viable option if I was tight for space on my desk.
Gareth Halfacree 20th November 2013, 10:18 Quote
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The idea of keeping the number pad but losing the cursor keys and six key home pad? Exactly what IBM did for my Model F mechanical keyboard, over thirty years ago. No, really.

http://ubuntuone.com/7ga8TnhZ6yQmwJDl829f38
Spreadie 20th November 2013, 10:19 Quote
I think you need some more flash storage, Gareth.
Gareth Halfacree 20th November 2013, 10:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spreadie
I think you need some more flash storage, Gareth.
Those extend right the way across the lip of the keyboard. Mostly SD cards, ranging from 64MB to 4GB, with a couple of card readers, two wireless dongles, and a bunch of USB flash drives - again, the biggest being 4GB. They breed, I tells ya.
Shirty 20th November 2013, 17:03 Quote
I assume that the legal wrangle between CM and Filco about side printed keys in the EU has been sorted now then? Because the Stealth line has only been available outside the EU up to now due to Filco owning the patent for side printed keys here.

Also, unrelated but the standard TK has been available for some time now, this is just the ninja version.
GeorgeStorm 20th November 2013, 17:11 Quote
I saw a video about this board with greens earlier (well, I saw the title, didn't watch the video)

Maybe greens will finally come to the EU?
Lance 20th November 2013, 17:29 Quote
I was looking at the US version of the stealth because I really liked it, but I have a real issue wit the top right corner of this board.

I was thinking browns for my first mech board. Also key kids, how would a US layout version go in terms of getting key sets?
GeorgeStorm 20th November 2013, 17:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lance
I was looking at the US version of the stealth because I really liked it, but I have a real issue wit the top right corner of this board.

I was thinking browns for my first mech board. Also key kids, how would a US layout version go in terms of getting key sets?

US layout is easier to get key caps for (although ISO is catching up, ANSI is still the default most places)
Shirty 20th November 2013, 17:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lance
I have a real issue wit the top right corner of this board.

Just mod it. For example:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-W7cpaqFk0L4/UIcSSIlVlfI/AAAAAAAACJo/nodxWDuRkv4/s1000/119.png

becomes

http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n482/shirty101/IMAG0053.jpg

with a bit of elbow grease.
Lance 20th November 2013, 17:38 Quote
How would I get that down without damaging the acrylic?
Shirty 20th November 2013, 17:49 Quote
You could fill and paint with vinyl dye, or remove the acrylic LED windows, or if you're really adventurous redesign the LED positions.

Note that the latter option is way beyond me, since I suspect they are surface mounted LEDs. But it'd be fun trying.
Parge 20th November 2013, 18:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GrahamC
This will tank.

Like your comment just did?
Steelez 21st November 2013, 13:10 Quote
I've been using the normal one with brown switches for 9 months now and I have found the layout very easy to use and the build quality feels very solid.
blackerthanblack 21st November 2013, 18:48 Quote
So how much is $94.95 euros?

Does that mean it's the same in Dollars as it is in Euros?
Shirty 21st November 2013, 19:45 Quote
It's $125 give or take, but I expect it'll be cheaper than that in the States.
GeorgeK 21st November 2013, 20:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lance
I was looking at the US version of the stealth because I really liked it, but I have a real issue wit the top right corner of this board.

I was thinking browns for my first mech board. Also key kids, how would a US layout version go in terms of getting key sets?

US layout is easier that UK layout for sure but that board has non-standard modifiers (ctrl, alt, win etc) which would be a pain to sort keycaps for (well more of a pain that a more standard board anyway)
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