Cooler Master Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Cooler Master is a company that branches out into multiple facets of the computing experience. Their products include cases, power supplies, coolers, fans, and a peripheral line that includes keyboards and mice. In this article I will be reviewing the Cooler Master Storm Quickfire TK mechanical keyboard, which features Cherry MX Red switches. The company also offers the same keyboard with MX Brown and MX Blue switches, each with their own color schemes. For information on the switch specifications, please check my Mechcanical Keyboard Showdown.

Specifications and Features

Cooler Master Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard Specifications
Product Name CM Storm Quickfire TK
Model SGK-4020-GKCR1
Price $99.99 (
Key Switch Cherry MX Red
Keycaps ABS, grip coated, removable
Backlight All keys backlit, 5 brightness levels, 3 modes (Breathing, WASD, or Full Backlight)
Key Rollover NKRO (windows only)
Polling Rate 1000 Hz/1ms
Media Keys Yes (replacing/using F-keys)
Interface USB 2.0 full speed
USB Cable 1.8m, braided, gold plated, removable
Dimensions 14.9”(L)x5.4”(W)x1.3”(H) [377.5x138x33 mm]
Weight 544 g (1.2 lbs)

Marketing Features from the CMStorm website

Quick Fire TK Overall Features
Quickfire TK Overall Features (Source: CM
  •  Choose from 3 distinct versions
Cherry Mx Switch

Cherry MX Red

Cherry MX Blue

Cherry MX Brown
Key Backlight Color Red Blue White
Steelplate Coating Red Blue Brown
  • N-Key Rollover USB

    • N-Key Rollover in USB mode means even the wildest key combos are registered perfectly.
  • Easy Cable Management

    • Detachable braided USB cable and cable routing grooves at the underside of the keyboard for easy cable management and better flexibility.
  • Full LED Backlight, 3 modes, 5 brightness levels

    • Stylish and provides optimum visibility even in dark rooms.  Different backlight modes highlight different key groups.
  • Compact Layout with Integrated NumPad Block

    • The Quickfire TK’s unique NumPad block design merges both navigation and command keys. You get a compact gaming keyboard with NumPad block.

Picture Gallery

CMStorm TK Rapid Lights Off
CMStorm Quickfire TK – Lights Off

CMStorm TK Rapid Lights On
CMStorm Quickfire TK – Lights On

CMStorm TK Rapid Left Side - No Lights
CMStorm Quickfire TK Left Side – No Lights

CMStorm TK Rapid Left Side - WASD
CMStorm Quickfire TK Left Side – WASD

CMStorm TK Rapid - NumPad
CMStorm Quickfire TK – NumPad

CMStorm TK Rapid - Top
CMStorm Quickfire TK – Top

Testing and User Experience

Test Setup

Applications Tested

  • Battlefield 3 (Overclockers Approved!)
  • Guild Wars 2
  • General Productivity Typing (Word, Excel, Email, Posting on Forums)

My Experience/Impressions

Upon opening the box and plugging the keyboard into the computer, Windows 7 found and installed any necessary drivers automatically. No special software was needed to use any of the features the keyboard has to offer. I appreciated that the Quickfire TK takes up less space on my keyboard tray due to the combined NumPad shrinking the width of the keyboard into a tenkeyless form factor. For those that do not know, a keyboard with a tenkeyless design has truncated all of the keys to the right of the arrow keys. An example of this is the Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless.

Following the hassle-free installation, I played around with the various function key controls, such as changing the backlight pattern and brightness levels. Once I was happy with the red light coming through only the W-A-S-D keys, I loaded Battlefield 3 to get a feel for the Cherry MX Red switch sensitivity. All of my controls felt responsive, and with the low (45 g) actuation force required with the Cherry MX Reds, I never felt any finger fatigue. This held true even when holding down keys to run or when using any of my other key binds. The lack of finger fatigue was a nice change in contrast to my previous testing with Cherry MX Black switches, which required 65 g of actuation force.

After I satisfied my First Person Shooter itch, I switched over to Guild Wars 2 – my current MMORPG of choice. Here again I had no issues with responsiveness. I was able to run around and dodge, and at the same time use any combination of abilities, and continue chatting with guildmates with no problem. All of the keys worked exactly how I would expect them to, with no missing actions.

Once I finished playing games I began using the keyboard for writing this review. I performed some data entry in Excel, and some general forum posting. After hours of typing, I still did not feel my fingers tire from typing. The only hindrance that I could find with the keyboard was in relation to the combined NumPad. Because the arrow keys are built into the NumPad, it required me to constantly turn NumLock on/off in order to switch between the functionality of being able to quickly move the cursor to where I want it, and then to go back to typing in numbers. Since the Quickfire TK is meant to be a gaming keyboard more so than a productivity keyboard, I can’t hold it at fault for having a feature that isn’t available in other tenkeyless keyboards. If you will be needing to do both, a tenkeyless sized keyboard may not be the best option for you. Instead, I would recommend looking at CMStorm’s other offerings, such as the Quickfire Pro or Trigger.


The Cooler Master Storm Quickfire TK is a excellent example of a mechanical keyboard made for the gaming population. It can be purchased with three different Cherry MX Switches (Red, Blue, Brown), with each switch having their own characteristics. Throughout my testing with the peripheral I never noticed any problems with the device not working the way it was intended. It behaved flawlessly in all of my gaming sessions, independent of the game and genre. The keyboard did have one caveat during productivity usage. While general typing was a breeze, working in spreadsheets could prove annoying if you consistently need NumPad for arrow keys and the numbers. All things considered, for under $100 the Quickfire TK is a great keyboard for its targeted gaming market, and for that it earns the stamp of approval.

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– Don Fisher (Janus67)



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