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CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Testing peripherals like the Quickfire Stealth 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 Stealth I focused on looking at the many different realms of work and play that the Quickfire Stealth 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.

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Test System

  • 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

Software Tested

  • Torchlight 2
  • Office work

Results

Torchlight 2 is an action RPG requiring precise movement and quick reactions to overpower the hordes of enemies that want to kill you. Even though not ideal for gaming the Cherry MX Blue switches in the CM Storm Quickfire Stealth still performed much better than the rubber domed keyboard I was using before. I was able to efficiently, accurately hit the activation keys I needed, and the noise and bump provided by the blue switch let me know that my attack had been let loose upon the enemy before without even looking at my screen.

I setup the Quickfire Stealth as my primary keyboard at work in order to get a thorough idea of what it was like to use all day doing a variety of jobs. I found that as I wrote emails, scripts, and configured a multitude of devices, that the haptic and auditory feedback helped me type quickly and accurately. The small size of the Quickfire Stealth helped me recover some valuable desk space from my rather cramped desk. The clean design also looks great on my desk and looks professional unlike some of the “gamer” designs available from some others sources.


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