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Cooler Master Intros CM Storm QuickFire XT Mech. Keyboard

Cooler Master has announced a new mechanical keyboard, the CM Storm QuickFire XT. This keyboard is a fairly simple mechanical keyboard but still has all the basic features for which any gamer or typist could be looking.

The QuickFire XT keyboard features the standard 104-key layout, with certain keys also acting as multimedia keys. The keyboards also have support for N-Key Rollover as well as a 1 ms response time. The unit's keys are all removable with the included key-puller, and all have laser-etched lettering. The keyboard even comes with an extra set of keycaps. For transport purposes, the keyboard also has a removable USB cable.

The keyboard will also hit the market in not one version, but five versions, each with a different type of switch. Switch types include: Cherry MX Red, Blue, Brown, and the very rare Cherry MX Green.

Cooler Master has already shipped the keyboard to select retailers with pricing varying by region.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • internetlad
    Lack of obnoxious logos and branding, chance to get MX Greens on a more mainstream board, media keys, lasered caps, good layout. . . at first glance, looks like a very well though out mech board. Nice going CM.
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  • TheMentalist
    CM STORM all the way!
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  • cRACKmONKEY421
    Looks good. I guess I'm not the only one that can't stand oversized gaming keyboards. Finally I can get rid of my slim Dell keyboard and get something a little more profesh
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  • Sakkura
    Pretty much looks like their current keyboard with the backlighting removed. If it's cheaper, this could be a really good option for a cheap no-frills mechanical keyboard.
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  • atavax
    Currently using a cm storm quick fire rapid with red cherry switches. Best gaming keyboard i've ever owned. Very solid brand for gaming accessories, highly recommend getting one of their keyboards.
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  • icepick314
    all "gaming" keyboards should have disable-able Windows key or move the Windows key over to the right...

    I've hit that damm@#$ Windows key sometime during some gaming sessions and hit the desktop....

    I have Steelseries 7G and aside from lack of backlit keys, it's pretty great gaming keyboard with Cherry Black keys...it still has mechanical "click" but it's not as loud as other Cherry Keys and very responsive...

    PLEASE make gaming keyboard with disabling Windows key or move it to the right side...
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  • Sakkura
    11120230 said:
    all "gaming" keyboards should have disable-able Windows key or move the Windows key over to the right...

    I've hit that damm@#$ Windows key sometime during some gaming sessions and hit the desktop....

    I have Steelseries 7G and aside from lack of backlit keys, it's pretty great gaming keyboard with Cherry Black keys...it still has mechanical "click" but it's not as loud as other Cherry Keys and very responsive...

    PLEASE make gaming keyboard with disabling Windows key or move it to the right side...
    You can disable the Windows key on this keyboard via the FN key, just like with the other CM Storm Quickfire keyboards (on my Quickfire TK it's FN + F12, not sure about the Quickfire XT).
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  • DarkSable
    That looks VERY much like my beloved Leopold. I suspect that it's the same manufacturer, and if so, then this is going to become my new recommendation, rather than trying to ship a british keyboard over to the US.
    (No blank keycaps yet, but hey; I'm very much the minority in preferring that.)

    I'm going to do a little more research, but if this IS a Leopold OEM, then it's a very, VERY well-put together keyboard.

    Side note... what's up with the sudden rise of MX Greens? I hadn't heard anything about them until a few months ago, and now they're getting increasingly popular.

    EDIT: Looks like it is a Leopold OEM. I might buy a couple of these as spares, but then again... they're built like tanks, so I might not need to.

    EDIT again: As for the windows / caps lock keys, just use autohotkey. Thirty seconds and you don't have to worry about it again.
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