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