CM Storm unveils the QuickFire TK

CM Storm unveils the QuickFire TK

The Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK aims to bridge the gap between the tenkeyless QuickFire Rapid and the full-size QuickFire Pro.

Cooler Master's eSports sub-brand CM Storm has confirmed plans to extend its QuickFire mechanical gaming keyboard family with the QuickFire TK, designed to combine features of the QuickFire Rapid and the QuickFire Pro into a single unit.

Previously, the company's offerings were distinct: the QuickFire Rapid was a compact tenkeyless design, while the QuickFire Pro opted to include the number pad while increasing the size. Seeing a clear gap in its product line-up for something inbetween the two, Cooler Master has designed to QuickFire TK: a compact mechanical which includes the numberpad of the QuickFire Pro but ditches the cursor keys and six-key 'Home' pad to reduce the size.

The result is a device which aims to bridge the gap: more compact than the QuickFire Pro, but with the flexibility of a number pad for those as need it. Its overall size is barely larger than the tenkeyless QuickFire Rapid, as the number pad replaces the Rapid's cursor key and 'Home' pad area.

As usual, the keyboard is based around Cherry MX switches - available in a choice of colours, Cooler Master promises - with adjustable backlighting across all keys using the same glowing keycaps as the QuickFire Pro. For portability, the USB cable can be detached while ridges on the rear of the keyboard provide a small amount of cable management. Final tweaks to the design including colour-coding for the steel plate to match the colour of Cherry switch chosen, a blue backlight for the Cherry MX Blue edition, and claimed N-key rollover over USB.

Sadly, there's a few things Cooler Master isn't sharing about the QuickFire TK. Firstly, it has yet to confirm a launch date beyond promising that the device will appear some time before Christmas. Second, and most importantly, it has not offered pricing details. With the QuickFire Rapid and Pro models available for around £65 from UK retailers, we'd be surprised to see the QuickFire TK costing much more - although there is a worrying trend for peripheral makers to bump up their pricing in newer models, as seen with Logitech's £149.99 G710+ mechanical keyboard.


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Guinevere 18th October 2012, 11:47 Quote
So they give you a choice of switches a number pad, a too small return key and no delete key at all? I really don't get some of the decisions they've made.
GeorgeK 18th October 2012, 12:07 Quote
What's wrong having a choice of switches and a backlight? It's US ANSI layout rather than UK ISO layout (in that picture anyway) - notice the left shift is longer and the return isn't J shaped. The delete / home etc keys are on the numberpad - you use the fn key 3 keys right of the space bar to access those.

I quite like the idea personally - I much prefer the size of TKL keyboards but also miss having a numberpad sometimes...
demonisch 18th October 2012, 13:13 Quote
Absolutely useless for productivity, e.g. writing programming code. A lot of games (and left handed people) use the arrow keys instead of WASD.
Blademrk 18th October 2012, 13:52 Quote
The missing keys can still be used, it's just you'll need to knock numlock off to use them.
Sloth 19th October 2012, 00:25 Quote
Interesting enough idea. Plenty of people use boards like Pokers and such that lack arrow keys and a home cluster (or put them on a Fn level), same idea but with a numpad and F-keys.
SlowMotionSuicide 19th October 2012, 08:50 Quote
****ing brilliant. I'd much rather have numpad than arrow keys on my TKL.

Not giving up my Filco, though.
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