INTERIOR AND MECHANICAL COMPONENTS
Pulling the keys we have the Cherry MX Blue switches exposed. The irony here is that these are not “Stealthy'” in the least. The other Cherry MX switches, and mechanical keyboards in general are anything but quiet; the Cherry MX Blue’s however are loudest, matched perhaps only by the Cherry MX Green’s.
As mentioned previously, the QuickFire Stealth comes in Cherry MX Red, Green, Blue, and Brown. As a quick reference, the Brown’s have medium resistance, and a bump instead of a click. The Green’s are like the Blue’s except with stronger resistance; the Blue’s have a lower resistance while retaining the clicky noise that are shared between the two. The Red’s on the other hand have linear feedback, without a bump or click, and have very low resistance because of it.
When it comes to mechanical keyboards, any switch type is great for gaming, especially if you are upgrading from a membrane keyboard. Typically though, the Cherry MX Red switches are considered the best due to their low response time. They only require about a 25% depression of a key for it to register, so while the feedback is quick, there is a tendency to double or triple input when going all the way down.
The Cherry MX Blue switches on the other hand require about a 40% depression until the point where you hit the actual switch, at which point the key will register. In total, you’re looking at about a 60% depression rate for feedback; the precise tactile response is excellent. This makes the Blue’s excellent for typing, incrementally so for those who are novices and are coming from membrane keyboards where there is a tendency to round-out when typing and go all the way down. The clicky sound will be extremely loud, but the overall experience will be softer, smoother, and overall more enjoyable on your fingers.
Last but not least we have the replacement keys. The two “Cooler Master” branded keys simply replace the Windows keys at the bottom. The WASD or arrow keys can be replaced with the four red ones; I would recommend using them for WASD only as they look a bit awkward and feel a bit too close when substituting for the arrow keys: