Testing & Results
Testing peripherals like the Quickfire XT are quite simply a matter of using them in the real world for an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the product they are no standardized test that can be done but rather it is a matter of personal opinion from the time spent using the product. In order to analyze the qualities of the Quickfire XT I focused on looking at the many different realms of work and play that the Quickfire XT is expected to be subjected to. This means looking at both its qualities as a gaming keyboard, but more importantly its qualities as a method of input for work related projects.
- Motherboard: MSI P67-GD65
- System Memory: G.Skill Ares 1866MHz 2 x 8GB kit
- Processor: Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz @ 4.7GHz
- Audio: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
- Video: GTX 690
- Disk Drive 1: 240GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos
- Optical Drive: DVD Drive
- Enclosure: Silverstone Raven RV02-EW
- PSU: Cooler Master SilentPro 1000w
- Monitor: Asus 27.5″ 1920 x 1200
- Operating System: Windows 8 x64 Profesional
As soon as I received the QuickFire XT I started using it to play the massively multiplayer shooter Planetside 2. Using the QuickFire XT for hours on end proved to be an enjoyable experience. I found no problems, quickly navigating various menus quickly and while avoiding the enemy’s bullets.
During our sessions, I need to quickly go from killing the enemy to guiding our platoon with a map, then back to marking enemies on the battlefield for our platoon to destroy, and planting beacons to allow my squad mates to spawn. The tactile nature of the Cherry MX Blue switches enabled me to be sure of every key press I made, giving me the confidence to quickly send many commands at once.
Typing on the QuickFire XT for work proved to be equally enjoyable with the click and bump of the Cherry MX Blue switches. While working on projects I found that the full sized QuickFire XT was almost perfect, allowing for both accuracy and speed in my work. The Cherry MX Blue switches are almost hypnotic to type on, with the constant clicking and clacking lulling me into a trance.