EXTERIOR AND UNIQUE FEATURES
The next observation, and perhaps the most attractive, are the downslanted phantom keycap prints. At first I thought this was an odd design and something difficult to get used to; I was wrong. I prefer these slanted keys over the front-facing now, simply because of the way most people orient their keyboards.
Especially in terms of gaming, gamers tend not to sit straight up and look straight down. Even if you were to do that, the printing is placed in such a way that you can view them in any angle. Considering essentially everyone sits back with hands extended, this design is absolutely perfect as you look straight at the keys and print with less eye strain.
Aside from style and aesthetics, Cooler Master was aiming for a correlation with the “Stealth” aspect of the keyboard. DAS for example have keyboards with no printing. Even though the QuickFire Stealth does, Cooler Master wanted more of a memory-based keyboard layout going well with the name.
As such keeping up with the “Stealth” aspect, the keys are not laser-etched, and aside from the CAPS, SCROLL, and F9 Windows lock keys (which shine red), there is no backlighting or lighting in general. For those who depend on looking at key prints for guidance, this could be a hindrance in dark settings, such as late-night gaming. While not etched, longevity is still there as you will not be striking the painted prints and rubbing them out.
Next to the Windows lock and functionality keys, we also have the “turbo mode” and “repeat rate tweaking” keys meant for macro and hotkey setups: