One of the few drawbacks you can find about mechanical keyboards is their size when compared to standard keyboards. This can become an issue if you have limited desktop space or if you move your desktop around a lot, like to a LAN party for example. Cooler Master has a simple solution that may just be perfect for you and it's called the CM Storm QuickFire XT.
Don't get me wrong here as this is not a compact keyboard (no number pad aka TenKeyLess). The QuickFire XT is a full sized 104 key layout just like its sibling the QuickFire Rapid. In fact, it shares many of the Rapid's features including a non-glossy matte finish, laser etched keycaps, and N Key Rollover. The key differences are the super slim body, removeable USB cable, and dual use keys. This allows the QuickFire XT to be compact and portable by minimizing space needed for it on the desktop.
In addition to these great features, the XT also comes with a key puller and an extra set of keycaps for swapping out those WASD keys. You also have your choice of Cherry MX keys including many popular choices like red, blue, brown, and Green.
Price and availability may vary based on region and it is currently not available in the US. But we expect it to be available in North America very soon.
CM Storm QuickFire XT
Full-Sized & Super-Thin Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
7/2/2013 – Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components, mobile accessories, and gaming peripherals, today announced the long awaited QuickFire XT, the full 104 key sibling to the top-rated QuickFire Rapid. Exhibiting the same extremely solid construction that won the hearts of QuickFire Rapid owners, QuickFire XT is sure to impress gamers once again.
Sleek, Comfortable, & Durable
Featuring a smooth and clean aesthetic, QuickFire XT includes laser-marked keycaps and a non-glossy matte finish. This is complemented by a set of extra keycaps (includes a key puller) that give the keyboard, and its user, a bit of individuality that provides a striking outlook. A response time of 1ms, in USB mode, offers gamers a necessary consistency to navigate the ever changing landscapes of their video game libraries. With the Windows Key being disabled in GAME mode, users will no longer worry about possibly losing a match from accidentally minimizing the game. Multimedia shortcuts are available to ensure that media can be controlled with ease. With N Key Rollover (NKRO), users deploying the QuickFire XT in PS/2 mode can activate many keys on the keyboard simultaneously.
High-grade Cherry MX Switches
Offering the best available mechanical hardware, QuickFire XT integrates Cherry MX switches. These provide the QuickFire XT with the ability to respond to, and recover from, furious button presses with almost zero lag. Vastly improve your possible gaming actions per minute by utilizing a QuickFire XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in FPS, MMO, RTS, and other games. Cherry MX Red, Green, Brown, or Blue switch availability will vary based on region.
To learn more about CherryMX switches and the benefits of mechanical keyboards, visit http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/cmuniversity/switches.php
Hassle-free Travel and Size
Travel with ease by simply removing the included braided USB cable and storing it. At all times, the QuickFire XT makes itself a more journey-ready partner with its super-slim body. It allows the keyboard to be more ergonomically-friendly while being easier to transport than most full-sized mechanical keyboards.
The QuickFire XT will be available July, 2nd 2013 in Green, Red, Blue, and Brown Cherry MX Switch models. Price and availability may vary based on region. This release is meant for the U.S. and Canada regions only. Please consult your local Cooler Master Representative for more information.