CM Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
A Closer Look at the CM Storm QuickFire Pro
The box for the QuickFire Pro is very similar to the one found off the QuickFire Rapid and the Trigger. At the bottom right, Cooler Master lets you know the type of switch that’s being used on the keyboard.
Included in the packaging, we receive a quick start guide, a key cap remover tool and a detachable 18K gold plated braided USB connector.
Here, we get a full view of the keyboard. It’s in the standard North American layout with its long shift/enter and back slash keys so thankfully we won’t have to deal with any unusually placed backslashes and shortened shift keys. Also, the keyboard looks quite sturdy, again similar to the QuickFire Rapid and the Trigger.
The first thing you’ll notice after taking a look at the back of the keyboard is that Cooler Master has provided an awesome routing system for the removable USB connector. The routing system will allow you to have better cable management giving you the latitude to route the wire in the direction of your PC.
At the back of the QuickFire Pro you will also find four medium sized rubber feet that provide excellent slippage protection for normal use as well as an adequate protection for intense gaming sessions.
The QuickFire Pro also comes with two plastic stands that allow you to raise the back of the keyboard.
In combination with the Fn key, the F1 through F4 keys allow you to adjust the keyboard lighting to your desire. You can choose from turning the LED’s completely off, lowering the intensity or changing modes. The pictures on the keys should be self explanatory.
The Fn + F5 through F8 buttons are the standard media keys that allow you to play/pause, stop, and skip tracks.
The Fn + F9 through F11 are the volume control keys and finally the Fn + F12 key is the key that allows you to switch on and off the windows keys.
On the right side of the keyboard you can find a couple more cool features. The first is you can change the USB polling rate between 125Hz(8ms), 250Hz(4ms), 500Hz(2ms), and 1000Hz(1ms). To change the polling rate first lock the function key by pressing Fn and the press P + the desired polling rate (8ms, 4ms, 2ms, 1ms). Depending on how responsive you like your keyboard it is nice to see that that Cooler Master allows you to take control of this settings.
The second feature that really makes the QuickFire Pro unique is the ability to switch between 6KRO and NKRO. To activate NKRO and never ever change it from this mode again, activate the function lock and then press N+Del(N). I wonder why Cooler Master even gives you the option when NKRO is clearly superior to 6KRO…
Pulling a couple keycaps off here, we can see that Cooler Master is using Cherry MX Brown keyswitches in our QuickFire Pro sample. Additionally above the switch, there’s also a LED, which suggests backlighting, but it’s only partial. More on that later.
What has to be my favorite feature of the QuickFire Pro is the “Function Lock” key. This key the standard function key (Fn) that we are used to seeing on most mechanical keyboards, but this one comes with a special ability to lock. This is a genius addition that I think all keyboard manufacturers should include. Why am I making such a big fuss? Well, by simply pressing the button and engaging the locking function of the Fn button, all the “special keys” mapped from F1 to F12 become dedicated. Pausing songs or raising the volume can be achieved with one hand and long gone are the days where you will need to hold Fn down and then select the media key you desire.
LED modes on the QuickFire include 3 different lighting modes. The first lighting mode only lights up the left third of the keyboard along with the arrow keys, function button and logo at the top right. (shown above) The second mode is the same thing as the first mode except the lighting enters a ”breathing” mode which will pulsate at an interval. The last LED mode that the QuickFire Pro offers is one that that mainly only lights up the wasd and arrow keys. If you remember our review of the CM Storm Trigger, this was also a mode offered on that keyboard as well.
In terms of brightness, the CM Storm QuickFire Pro is capable of achieving five different light intensities, but it is only partially lit which is probably why more power can be sent to those LEDs. Also, for those who don’t like the LED’s or don’t game with the lights off often, you always have the option of turning off all the LED’s.