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|Keyswitches||CHERRY MX Brown (Medium resistance, "bumpy" feedback)
|N-Key Rollover||6/Full N-Key|
|Polling Rate||1,000 Hz/1 ms|
|Backlighting||Partial, Red LEDs|
|Windows Keys Disabled||Yes (in-game)|
|Cable Length||1.8 m|
|Dimensions||454 mm x 155 mm x 31 mm (LxWxH)
17.9 in x 6.1 in x 1.2 in (LxWxH)
|Weight||1,300 g (2.86 lbs)|
Posted by therandomuser on 12th Mar 2014
My first foray into mechanical keyboards as an early birthday present, and I am glad I switched. The Cherry MX Browns were even quieter than I imagined them to be after hearing the loud click of the MX Blues on other keyboards in the stores. Tactile feedback from the switches was excellent and I am already feeling a difference in my typing style (including a reduction in my presses bottoming out the keys) after just one week since I received it. NKRO and the different poll rates are a nice addition, as well as the multimedia and volume keys. No macro keys, but what you are
I was expecting the partial coloration of the board and honestly it's not so bad as others put it. The different light modes (WASD/D-Keys breathing especially) are really cool and the alterable brightness means it will not blind me when I try to sleep. Yes, it is not fully backlit but I get my MX Browns with red lights to match my CM Storm Inferno mouse. If I wanted full backlighting and MX Browns, I would have spent the extra for the Ultimate (but then the lights would be white and would match my mouse less).
The build quality of the board itself is very solid. The weight of the board is a significant change over my old OEM keyboard but that is offset by the fact that it feels much sturdier. Braided and gold plated cabling is a nice touch, and the channels which it goes through all are a very snug fit. It is higher than my old board but the change is nice as I do have longer fingers.
Posted by Zuhl3156 on 24th Mar 2013
I've been using this keyboard for six months and it has been flawless. I love it and don't think I could ever use anything less.
Posted by Keppler on 15th Nov 2012
I got the version with the Black switches, as I primarily game with my PC. As a college student, if I had to replace it, I would probably get Brown switches for their versatility. The Blacks feel great for FPS games, but are a little stiff for typing.
As far as the actual keyboard goes, I like the braided cable and the option to disconnect it from the keyboard itself. It makes transporting the keyboard much easier than having to wrap the cable awkwardly around the keyboard.
The keyboard itself feels incredibly solid. Coming from cheap membrane keyboards, the heft of the actual unit was a little surprising. The keys themselves have a nice feel to them, solid and durable. It comes with a tool to remove keys in case you want to clean or whatever, so that is nice. The only issue I have had with the keys so far is that the Enter key on the numpad does not feel as solidly attached, and sometimes pops off.
As far as features goes, this is the only reason I'm deducting a star. The backlit keys are great, giving many options for brightness and even a cool 'breathing' mode, however it is only partially backlit, so only the keys clustered around WASD are lit. When you remove the unlit keys, you can see a space above the switch for a LED, so I'm not sure why the whole keyboard didn't get them.
As well, there aren't any dedicated macro keys or anything, just the typical typing keyboard layout. Some game styles (MMO/RTS) may feel a need for the extra keys that just aren't there on this model. It is pretty obvious that this keyboard was geared towards FPS gamers (The name 'QuickFire,' partial backlighting around WASD, no extra macro buttons that FPS gamers could care less about) but it does that well, without extra bells and whistles to have to pay for.
I would definitely recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for a simple plug-and-play mechanical keyboard, especially for FPS gamers.
Full N Key Rollover through USB
Plug-and-play, no drivers/software to install
Only partial backlighting
No extra keys for gaming
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Sep 2012
Cherry Brown switches are very nice. Solid construction, nice media keys and windows key lock. Backlit key clusters are nice, although it would be nice if you can light all the keys up.
The USB port for the keyboard is located in an awkward recessed section on the bottom. The braided USB cable "disconnects" when I bend it to route it out the top, so I was forced to route it out the right side.
Posted by Mr. Bungle on 18th Sep 2012
Been using this keyboard for a week, and it was what I expected. I don't have a lot of experience with Mechanical Keyboards but would say this is a good introduction? Either way, I recommend to those who are on the fence and want to experience the greatness of mechanical keyboards.
Posted by boredgunner on 29th Aug 2012
CM has been raising the bar in the mechanical keyboard market, releasing top notch keyboards with new features for a much more affordable price. The QuickFire Pro is just that. The polling, KRO, backlight, media, and Windows lock functions are excellent, and yes it really does do NKRO in USB. Just keep in mind you can't enter the BIOS in NKRO mode.
Posted by rapidtyper on 2nd May 2012
I love this keyboard and would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a mechanical keyboard.