Usage & Final Thoughts
I have been using the QuickFire XT as my main keyboard for about 3 weeks now and I have to say I do not think I’ll be switching back to my Cougar 600K, which also makes use of Cherry MX Blue key switches. The reason I say that is that the QuickFire XT just has a solid feel to it. It just feels so comfortable to type on and I can feel that I’m hitting each key perfectly.
When it comes to comfort the QuickFire XT was not very hard to get used to since I was using the Cougar 600K. Now if this is your first mechanical keyboard you it will take a bit to get used to, but once you are accustomed to it, it will definitely be an improvement in many ways.
As far as gaming goes I do like to blue key switches, but keep in mind that you can get this keyboard in all of the Cherry MX flavors. I have been playing quite a lot of Tom Clancy’s The Division lately and using the QuickFire XT has been a blast. I really like that spacebar makes use of a green switch rather than a blue one. This makes it more springy and easier to double-tap. It really makes a big difference and I’m surprised more keyboards don’t do this. Besides that when I’m gaming I can tell I am always hitting the right keys and I like their feedback. Each keystroke gives you that nice tactile bump.
Being three years old this keyboard does not have any lighting. Even though having lights are cool and everything and does add another element to the keyboard they are definitely not necessary. They are not going to make you a better gamer or make the keyboard more comfortable. This keyboard does not have any software available either. Again not totally necessary, but it would have been nice to set up some macros and be able to reprogram the keys.
After spending time with the QuickFire XT and doing quite a lot of gaming with it I can see why after 3 years it still retains its value and many gamers continue to choose it. Right now you can pick it up at our favorite online retailer for $92.17. Overall ThinkComputers gives the CM Storm QuickFire XT Gaming Keyboard a 9 out of 10 score.
– Extremely comfortable
– Your choice of Cherry MX key switches
– Cherry MX green switches on specific keys
– Detachable USB cable
– No lights
– No software