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Cooler Master QuickFire XTi Mechanical Keyboard Review

By Olin Coles

Manufacturer: Cooler Master Corporation
Product Name: Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Model Number: SGK-4060-KKCL1 (Blue), SGK-4060-KKCM1 (Brown), SGK-4060-KKCR1 (Red)
UPC: 884102027079 EAN: 4719512048115
Price As Tested: $145 (Amazon NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.

Without question, keyboard and mouse peripherals have become natural extensions of the body for the eSports gamer. Of the two, keyboards are used for both everyday workload as well as entertainment. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which features genuine Cherry MX Blue clicky switches, customizable multi-color LED backlighting, and programmable macro capability.

Cherry MX-series switches have become all the rage for PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts. Most mechanical keyboard varieties utilize either Red, Brown, or Blue switches, each designed with its own unique feature set. Cherry Red switches use a linear design that foregoes tactile feedback and audible click sound, while delivering a lightweight 45 cN resistance. Brown switches offer the same lightweight response, but add tactile feedback without clicking. Blue swtiches, featured on the Quick Fire XTi tested for this review, offer a slightly more resistant 50 cN response with tactile feedback and audible click.


Features & Specifications

Courtesy Cooler Master

Sleek, minimalistic design
Sleek lines, refined symmetry, and a heavy-weight quality build help you keep things clean and simple. For gamers with style, the Quick Fire XTi mechanical keyboard sets you apart from the rest.
100% authentic Cherry MX switches with ultra-violet keycap coating
Gamers demand the best, which is why the Quick Fire XTi only uses Cherry MX switches with UV keycap coating for unsurpassed quality and durability. Get the tactile preference you prefer while the UV coating gives a textured, luxurious experience and long-lasting game play.
Multicolor per-key backlighting with built-in customization
Mixable dual color blue and red LED backlighting gives you up to 35 colors per key which can be changed and customized on-board without the use of any additional complex software. LEDs include multiple modes of operation including wave, breathing, and unique responsive effects. Be sure to download the latest firmware to get the newest
LED lighting modes.
On-the-fly macro and profile support with onboard memory
Four profile keys offer quick backlighting and macro recording without hassle. Program multiple keystrokes to a single key or change per-key backlighting with intuitive keyboard commands without the need for software. Set specific keys with different colors to give yourself an edge when playing a game for the first time.
Online lighting and firmware updates
Expand LED lighting modes and keep your keyboard functioning at maximum performance with online updates and upgrades.
Detachable cable with 180° management
Quick Fire XTi cables won´t ever get in your way or clutter your desktop. The detachable cable allows for easy transport without the risk of cable strain and provides a simple way to move your keyboard out of the way when needed. Hidden underside positioning grooves gives you 180° cable management, keeping your keyboard and desktop sleek and organized regardless of arrangement preference.
Model Numbers SGK-4060-KKCL1 (Blue switch)
SGK-4060-KKCM1 (Brown switch)
SGK-4060-KKCR1 (Red switch)
Key Switch Type CHERRY MX Blue/ Brown/ Red
Key Rollover NKRO (Windows only)
Keycaps ABS, grip coated, removable
Polling Rate 1000 Hz/1ms
Backlight Full backlit, 35 colors, 5 settings
Windows Key Lock Yes
Media Keys Yes (via F keys)
Interface Micro USB 2.0, full speed
USB cable 1.8m braided, gold plated and removable
Dimensions 43.9(L) *13(W) *4.1(H) cm
17.28(L) *5.12(W) *1.61(H) inch
Weight 1114 g / 2.46 lbs


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