Cooler Master's Quick Fire XTi was designed to be a minimalistic mechanical gaming keyboard for gamers who don't need, or want, extra keys and features that take up extra desk space. It features a very slim casing, and under the keys you'll find Cherry MX switches, available in blue, red and brown, as well as customizable backlighting. Though minimalistic, the Quick Fire XTi gaming keyboard does feature a full numpad, and Cooler Master managed to slip in a few customizable features.
The Quick Fire XTi has programmable backlit keys with blue and red LEDs that can be adjusted independently to produce up to 35 different colors per key. You can also select between a number of lighting modes, including the standard wave and breathing effects, as well as responsive effects when designated keys are depressed. Cooler Master said there will be updates with more modes in the future.
Keeping with the minimalistic approach, Cooler Master has made it so that this keyboard is completely plug and play. Without the need for software, players can make adjustments to the color profile of each individual key, using (unspecified) key combinations. Macros are also supported by the Quick Fire XTi, and these are also configured using a set of specific keyboard commands.
Cooler Master included four profile keys that can quickly switch between different lighting and macro profiles. Changes are saved to the keyboard, making it possible to swap from computer to computer without the need for reconfiguration. The Quick Fire XTi also includes a removable, braided USB cable.
Cooler Master's Quick Fire XTi is available now from Amazon and Newegg for $149.
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