CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts
I will not lie; I was very excited about being able to review the Quickfire Stealth. I enjoy the small design of the ten keyless keyboards and since I am a touch typist, the lack of lettering let me have a beautiful keyboard that was sleek and minimalist. Even better since this was destined to become my primary work keyboard the I was glad to have the Cherry MX Blue switches which are wonderful to type on due to their auditory and haptic feedback. I cannot think of a single way in which I would improve the Quickfire Stealth. Cooler Master has produced superb keyboard that looks great, and is wonderful to type on.
CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Conclusion
Performance in a keyboard is about being able to type quickly and accurately, I found that with the Quickfire Stealth I was averaging around 76WPM with over 97% accuracy. This is a testament to how great the Cherry MX Blue switches are for typing.
The Quickfire Stealth with its blank keys, blank exterior, and matte black color, looks great. In my home and in my office I found that the Quickfire Stealth just fits in. I cannot think of a particular area where I could find the Quickfire Stealth not looking great.
With a two-year warranty Cooler Master stands behind the durability of its product, and after using the Quickfire Stealth I have no qualms that it will survive a very long time. With keys rated for 50 million keypresses and I would expect that the swichtes themselves will not die until well after this unit has been replaced. (If you pressed a single key 450 times a minute, 24 hours a day, that key would last on average a total of 77.16 days before it failed.)
Like much of the CM Storm line, the Quickfire Stealth is about providing a great keyboard for a reasonable price. It provides some niceties like media controls, but has no backlighting, and no advanced capabilities like some “gaming” keyboards may have. Overall, it is a great keyboard that does exactly what it is designed for and does it extremely well.
Available for $89.99 online (Newegg|Amazon), the Quickfire Stealth (model SGK-4000-GKCL2) is $10 more expensive than the standard Quickfire Rapid. For a keyboard as beautiful as the Quickfire Stealth, I feel the price is very reasonable.
I love the Quickfire Stealth, it may not have lots of the features of the larger “gaming” keyboards but it is a joy to type on, wonderful to look at, and has a great space saving design. Because of this, I am happy to recommend the CM Storm Quickfire Stealth and give it Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer award.
+ 2 year warranty
+ Switches rated for 50 million keypresses
+ Beautiful minimalist design
+ Blue switches are wonderful to type on
– No ten-key pad
– Blank keyboard may cause confusion for non-touch typists
Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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