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Closer Look

The Quickfire TK Stealth is a 90% keyboard, as CM Storm have merged together the numpad, arrow keys and the likes of the Home, End, Insert, Delete etc keys, creating a much more compact keyboard, but without too much of a sacrifice in functionality. Many CM Storm customers complained of the excessive branding of the Quickfire Rapid when it first came out, so it’s great to see that they have listened to customer feedback and kept it to just one logo on the top right. CM Storm have also take the approach of featuring a removable USB cable, giving their customers yet another area for customisation.

The TK Stealth features the characteristic side (front) printed legends, which feature EU characters also.

Unlike its older brother, the TK Stealth has little in the way of illumination. The TK has full LED coverage, however with the Stealth version, only a few keys are privileged enough to warrant a white LED. These are the Fn key, which when the Fn lock is on, will illuminate, the Arrow keys, only when num lock is off and the F12/Win lock key.

The function keys double up as media keys which can be accessed by holding the Fn key and the appropriate Function key. If you wish to use the media keys on a more common basis, you can hold the Fn key to swap the media keys with the default function key.

This particular model has a full compliment of tactile Cherry MX brown switches, with some featuring a white LED.

Branding is kept to a minimum on the TK Stealth, with just the one CM Storm logo. To the right of this are the LEDs to indicate whether Num/Caps/Scroll Lock is on.

On the reverse of the keyboard you have the standard product label, a cable channel – something I like to see on keyboards and rubber feet – to aid traction.

Even the feet have a rubber like grip on them, which helps keep it stationary.

The key caps themselves actually differ depending if they are backlit or not. The key cap on the left is a standard ABS key cap, with the one of the left a key cap for the backlit keys. The standard, non-backlit key caps have a rougher texture to them than the backlit versions. The legends are pad printed, which normally means they are not that durable, however because of the location of the legends, they shouldn’t make any contact with your fingers so would last a fair bit longer – or so one would expect. You can also replace the key caps with anything Cherry MX compatible – although the bottom row does have non-standard keys (1.25x, 1x, 1.25 6.5x (spacebar), 1.25x, 1x, 1x, 1.25)


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