Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅24-01-16
Performance Testing

The Quick Fire XTi has a detachable braided cable which will need to be plugged in underneath before use. It uses a microUSB attachment that clicks in nice and easily. From that point on, all you need is a USB 2.0 port and you are flying, no drivers are needed here. It is worth checking for the latest firmware as there may be new features added.

There is a good weight to the Quick Fire XTi and it feels structurally solid. The soft feel UV coating is promised to be durable and long lasting, and did a good job of keeping finger prints away when compared to some competing keyboards. The resting height of the keys seem a little high and depending on your seating angle, may cause discomfort in your wrists and shoulders, so it's a shame that there is not an included wrist rest with the Quick Fire XTi.

Cooler Master interestingly didn't opt to include full RGB LED backlighting with the Quick Fire, the blue/red lighting looks very attractive and really pops out against the white/reflective background of the keyboard. The blue, violet, purple, magenta and red palatte give a real charm and will compliment and blue/red setup gamers may have. As we expected, notification for toggling any key locks are displayed by the LED backlighting, this limits the customisability of the LED lighting of these specific keys though is unlikely to cause any major problems.

In our game and typing tests, the Quick Fire XTi was reliable and showed no signs of any problems and gamers can be assured by the full NKRO/ 100% anti-ghosting. The choice Cherry MX switches will ultimately be down to the buyer and which switch you use will have the last say in how a keyboard will feel (other than the quality/finish of the keycaps). Our version has the MX Brown switches, the Brown switches are similar to Blues, however instead of an audible click, there is a silent tactile bump.

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