Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth Keyboard Review

Good things in small packages?

Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth compact mechanical keyboard is made for those who don’t have a lot of desktop space.  Because it lacks a 10-key keypad, the keyboard has a much smaller footprint than most other keyboards, which makes it a perfect fit inside a laptop bag or LAN-party accessory bag.

The model we’re testing has Cherry Brown switches.  These switches provide the tactile feel of Blue switches without the loud “click”, making them a good compromise for a gamer and typist.  I really do like the feel of the brown as they give some feecback.  I really don’t like the fact that there’s no wrist rest and a minimal layout.  All of the function keys are hidden under an Fn key, which replaces the context (right-click) key on Windows keyboards.

Inside the box is a small manual, braided six-foot gold-plated USB 2.0 cable, a USB to PS/2 keyboard adapter, six replacement keycaps and a keycap extraction tool.

  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • 2 Year warranty
  • Rubber-coated keyboard body
  • Phantom keycaps – fronts printed on the keycap sides
  • Ingegrated steel plate for maximum durability
  • Command rate speed adjustments via key-combo (PS/2)
  • Windows key can be disabled via key combo
  • Multimedia shortcut keys (toggled via Fn key)
  • Removable braided USB cable with cable routing grooves

A Closer Look

All of the keys on the Quick Fire Stealth keyboard appear to be blank, as in some of the Das Keyboards you can buy.  Each function is printed on the bottom side of the keyboard, which are visible by looking down. Since this keyboard is so compact, the scroll lock and caps lock functions have moved from the traditional section of lights to LEDs on their respective keys.  There is no 10-key numpad on this compact keyboard, therefore there is no “numlock” indicator light.

Braided USB cable WASD Cherry MX Brown switches

The keyboard does come with additional keycaps.  There are four red keycaps to replace the W, A, S, and D keys (the keys used most often in PC games).  Cooler Master has also provided two replacement keys for the Windows key, which have the Cooler Master logo.

Red WASD keys 3 Red WASD keys closeup

The back of the keyboard has the “CM Storm” logo.  The bottom of the keyboard has a single mini USB 2.0 port for the braided gold-plated USB cable that comes with the box.  There are routing channels for the cable that allow the cable to exit left, right or the center back of the keyboard.

Keyboard back - Logo

When compared to other mechanical gaming keyboards, there are a few things missing other than its size.  The Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth does not have any key backlighting, nor does it have a wrist rest.

Fn key replaces Context key

Additional functions of the keyboard are provided through a function toggle.  The alternate key (or right-click key) has been replaced with a Fn key.  The traditional function keys (F1 through F12) perform these commands when the Fn key is held down:

CM Fn Key Toggles
F1: 1x rate adjustment (PS/2 mode) F7: Media Previous
F2: 2x rate adjustment (PS/2 mode) F8: Media Next
F3: 3x rate adjustment (PS/2 mode) F9: Windows lock
F4: 4x rate adjustment (PS/2 mode) F10: Mute
F5: Media play/pause F11: Volume Up
F6: Media stop F12: Volume Down

One thing that confuses me with the keyboard layout is the Scroll lock key.  This key is hardly ever used by anyone, ever.  Cooler Master could have replaced this with something useful or gotten rid of it altogether.

PS2 rate keys

The Caps lock,  Scroll Lock, and F9 keys have a transparent piece cut through them that lets a red LED shine through.  The red LED under the F9 key is illuminated when the Windows lock is enabled (Fn + F9).  So technically there are three backlit keys on this keyboard. Since the

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