Home / PC H/W Reviews / Input Device Reviews / CM Storm Quick Fire Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review
CM Storm QuickFire Pro

CM Storm Quick Fire Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Closer Look
  4. 6KRO/NKRO testing and User Experience
  5. Conclusion
  6. View All

CMStorm QuickFire Pro topCMStorm QuickFire Pro underbellyCMStorm QuickFire Pro Right

The plastic shell of this keyboard is very strong, especially the underbelly of the keyboard. The top shell and the keys are most likely made of PBT Plastic. To those who do not know, PBT Plastic is used in keyboards that are at a premium cost. The benefit is that that they are resistant to solvents and the keycaps don’t develop a shine on the keycaps due to prolonged use.

To give a good idea of the shine, I am comparing the keys from CM Storm Quick Fire Pro with TVSe Gold keyboard that I use almost all the time. Do note that I’ve typed 3 reviews and few articles+ some games with this keyboard- but I’ve used TVS Gold Keyboard for more than 1 year and that board uses ABS plastic with pad printing. Do also note that I cleaned the  keys on my board using isopropyl alcohol:

CMStorm QuickFire Pro keys 1CMStorm QuickFire Pro keys 2

The keycaps are of cylindrical shape The keys have adequate space between them and the shape The fonts on the keyboard are later etched, but the plastic of the buttons are of premium quality and they have a good feel to it.

It does have a con.
I got this board with the cable attached so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is used/tested/reviewed by someone else. When I received it, the keyboard was not able to be detected. After informing CM India I got a replacement cable.

CMStorm QuickFire Pro mini usb

The board uses mini USB to a USB port. While it is a good idea to have a removable braided cable especially when you’re travelling to a LAN centre and/or simple change to another cable if the ones you have been spoilt- the cable management is something I would like to see some minor changes.

First the cable management:

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable management 1

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable management 2

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable management 3

The section doesn’t have enough space connect and route the cable properly. I wish there was an option to keep the cable straight as shown below:

\CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable management 4CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable management 5

If I keep the cable straight, the section highlighted in green doesn’t have a hole to route through. Rather you have to bend the cable and route through the hole highlighted in blue.

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable management 6

If you look at the cable, the port’s plastic jacket secures the connection to the keyboard, but the section where the cable is bent is awfully close to the connector. Too much tension might create some problem with the cabling, and if the user doesn’t make an effort to remove the cable- there is a chance that the cable might be damaged. Maybe the previous cable that I had was a lemon- or maybe it was not. Whether you route through the left, right or rear cable routing groove- that part of the cable is bend- and the braiding is very strong- all the more concern I am pointing towards an oversight that should not have been there.
CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable feet

You will need to use that groove to reroute the cable unless you don’t want the board to wobble because of the cable’s bump, but if you’re using the retractable feet on the board then you will not have the need to worry about that.

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable feet 2

The rubber grip on the underbelly of the board does a good job of keeping the board in place.

As stated in the specs, it is only some of the keys have LED backlit.

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable key removed 1

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable key removed 2

CMStorm QuickFire Pro cable key removed 3

The buttons that have illumination are as follows:

CMStorm QuickFire Pro backlit

You can toggle the LED on/off, brightness level and backlit mode after to turn on the Function “FN” key. Also, note that it also toggles with the media playback options. The F12 key turns off the windows button.

I wasn’t sure that it would be a good idea to have a partially lit board but to be honest I prefer it if I am a guy who plays games most of the time. Mechanical boards are expensive, some need some illumination especially while playing. Complete illumination ends up with a higher premium. It makes sense to have the best key to gaming, well-built quality and a very good quality keycaps with laser etching and some backlit. It’s not going to be cheap as membrane counterparts, but the cost should significantly reduce. On the bright side, all keys have mechanical keys. I know that Corsair has a keyboard with some of the keys are membrane- most likely to reduce cost- but if Quick Rapid had partial lightning and didn’t have that issue in certain keys I would not have hesitated in giving at least 4 out of 10. I know many reviewers are taken it as a con that it does not have a Numpad, but they should have thought that cherry black would most unlikely be used by typists because the force feedback that you get while pressing will tire you out. It’s the best you can get for gaming but prepare for some sore fingers if you’re using cherry black keys for typing. I wouldn’t mind if there was no Numpad on the keyboard because Quick Fire Rapid made it very obvious that they were pitching it to those who have a personal PC for gaming and maybe go to LAN gaming. Just how many of those people would need numpads with mechanical keys?

But since mechanical keyboards have that thickness that gamers who shifting from the membrane to mechanical would take time to adjust due to lack of wrist support, I would be very happy if Coolermaster had a wrist rest add-on rather than including Numpad on this keyboard. If that happened on this board with same built quality and with the cable routing issue fixed- this is the best keyboard to buy provided the end user has the budget to buy it.

CMStorm QuickFire Pro left angleCMStorm QuickFire Pro right angle

There are multimedia keys between F5  and F11. There are two additional functions on this board: 6KRO/NKRO button that toggles with Insert and Delete key- and options between polling: 8MS (125Hz), 4MS (250Hz), 2MS (500Hz)and 1MS (1000Hz). To change the rollover option, you need to press and hold Key “N” and press either Insert or Delete key. Similarly to switch between polling rates you need to press and hold “P. Do note that though you can change the setting out of the box, everytime you change them the keyboard reinstalls itself in the system.

Also, I found a minor misprint on the quick start guide:

CMStorm QuickFire Pro quickstart guide

3 comments

  1. its weird that cm didn’t see that cable folding when they designed this board. thats why i prefer plastic insulation over threaded wrapping because eventually the threads come out. plastic on the other hand protects the cable properly even if you bend it hard. i hope the cable is also covered under warranty as some companies do not do that. but why have a removable cable in the first place?

    i think steelseries are the first guys to do full NKRO support via USB, not completely sure though. but one of the reviewers in another site said that microsoft released some update that lets you use NKRO via USB which didn’t make sense. any clarification on that part?

  2. why would anyone pick such an expensive keyboard? okay so the keys develop a shine, but to be honest i don’t see the point not to choose something like tvs gold.

  3. arey have you pressed the keys asx together and see if it works? if not then that is your answer. think logically. sidewinder x6 costs 2 thousand and a membrane keyboard steelseries merc itself costs 3k+, so considering all that this will actually cost 5 thousand since the price listed above if 6 thousand 5 hundred. tvs gold doenst even haz certain compatibility with certain keystrokes, let alone 6kro. ur tvs gold haz backlit? i think not.

    now if you question why is mechanical board is expensive, you need to google and check wat is the difference between mechanical and membrane keyboards. you want to buy cheap 3rd class stuff and play then wonder why certain key combinations dontz work then sux to b u!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*