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Pros / This keyboard's build quality is outstanding.

Cons / You don't get full RGB backlighting with this keyboard.

 Verdict / The Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi is an excellent gaming keyboard that caters to a pleasurable typing experience over gaming specialization.

TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set
TopTenREVIEWS - Excellence Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Quick Fire XTi is Cooler Master's latest addition to its keyboard lineup. While it doesn't have everything that many people associate with gaming keyboards, its build quality, its typing experience and the features it does have are enough to set it above most other keyboards. The Quick Fire XTi earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for best gaming keyboards because it excels as a multipurpose tool. It isn't specialized for gaming, but that doesn't hold it back much.

  • Build Quality
  • Typing
  • Ease of Customization
  • Dedicated Macro Keys
  • Warranty
  1. This is a broad measure of the keyboard's quality.
    Higher is better.
  2. 3  CoolerMaster Quick Fire XTi
    97.0 %
  3. 99.0 %
  4. 92.0 %
  5. Category Average
    93.8 %

Design

One of the most important things to look for in mechanical keyboards is overall durability. Because the mechanical switches themselves last for so long, you want the rest of the keyboard to withstand extensive use as well. The Quick Fire XTi is a sturdy keyboard. Thanks to the rigid case and strong mounting plate, it doesn't flex much at all. It's important for the keyboard to not flex, because such movement can cause increased wear and tear over time. The mounting plate is completely white, which provides a nice background for the LED backlighting.

You can get three different versions of the Quick Fire XTi with different Cherry MX switches: Red, Blue and Brown. Our review sample came with Green switches, but those aren't generally available. Because the switches are made by Cherry, you don't need to worry about their quality, as Cherry has a proven track record of consistently providing high-quality parts. The switches are rated for 50 million keystrokes. That's a long enough lifetime that most people won't ever need to worry about the switches developing issues.

In our typing tests, the Quick Fire XTi did quite well compared to the other keyboards on our lineup. Our testers reported somewhat slower typing speeds overall, but nothing out of the ordinary for using a new keyboard. This tells us that the Quick Fire XTi's key layout is familiar and easy to comprehend. While our testers reported somewhat slower speeds, the data we collected shows that they didn't make any extra mistakes compared to their regular work keyboards. In fact, compared to their results with other keyboards on our lineup, our testers made significantly fewer mistakes on the Quick Fire XTi. This could be due to the fact that the Green switches on our test sample require more force to actuate than most other keyboards. The extra force makes it a little harder to accidentally strike a key.

Gaming Functions

Even though the Quick Fire XTi does not have RGB backlighting, its use of red and blue LEDs allows you to create a wide range of colors. There are six levels of brightness that you can step through for both colors. Each step up or down alters the overall color of the backlighting. You can use predefined backlighting modes or create your own. This is impressive because there isn't any software to install on your computer. Instead, you use function keys to control the backlighting. While you lose some of the functionality and granularity that software can give you, you also don't need to install yet another application on your computer. There's something elegant about a self-contained peripheral like the Quick Fire XTi.

You won't find any dedicated media keys on the Quick Fire XTi. The overall design of the keyboard seems to take a minimalistic approach, so this isn't really a surprise. However, the lack of dedicated media keys can be annoying if you've gotten used to them on a previous keyboard. While this is certainly not a deal breaker, you should decide how important this feature is to you before purchasing a new gaming keyboard.

Gaming Aides

Gaming keyboards are rapidly becoming more complex. This means that just getting your new keyboard set up can take a while. Happily, the Quick Fire XTi is simply plug-and-play. The only waiting you'll need to do is for the regular keyboard drivers to download and install – there isn't any extra software to deal with.

Using the function keys on the Quick Fire XTi and configuring lighting profiles and schemes is fairly easy. It only requires a brief look at the included documentation for it. However, without software to help you program macros and remap key bindings, there's only so much you can do with the Quick Fire XTi. Of course, you can always use third-party software to achieve such ends.

Support

The Quick Fire XTi comes with a two-year warranty, which is common in the keyboard industry. This gives you a lot of time to notice any factory defects. Should you need to return the keyboard for any reason, you can contact the Cooler Master support team through live chat, email and phone. There's also a forum you can go to for more information and to contribute to the community.

Summary

The Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi doesn't have the software you might expect from one of the best gaming keyboards available, but its build quality and the functionality it does have are enough to entice just about anyone. The lack of full RGB backlighting is disappointing, but the mixtures of red and blue LEDs that you have access to are gorgeous. The Quick Fire XTi is an attractive and sturdy keyboard that is worth your consideration.

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