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Written by Austin Downing   
Monday, 04 March 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard
Closer Look: Quickfire TK
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

CM Storm Quickfire TK Keyboard SGK-4020 Review

Manufacturer: Cooler Master Ltd. Inc.
Product Name: CM Storm Quickfire TK
Model Number: SGK-4020-GKCR1
UPC: 88410201797
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Amazon/Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.

For many of our readers, a keyboard is the way they interact with the world whether it is for work or pleasure. In our ever more connected world, problems like typing speed and comfort are becoming more of a necessity than a nicety. Cooler Master realizes this and has brought out an entire line of mechanical keyboards to handle the demanding needs of typists. In this review, we will be looking at the CM Storm Quickfire TK w/Cherry MX Red switches. These light linear switches are preferred by many gamers for their light touch and linear motion. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will determine if the CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard SGK-4020 is a great value or if enthusiast we be better served with a different keyboard.

Cooler Master has many different mechanical keyboards on the market right now ranging from the full sized Quickfire Pro all the way down to the miniscule Quickfire Rapid. In between both of these is the Quickfire TK with an integrated 10-key keypad and along with all of the control keys that would normally be found on keyboard combined into one grouping. This allows for a smaller keyboard with the same functionality as its larger brethren.


As with any other peripheral it is important look at the Quickfire TK from a well-rounded standpoint, this means using it in a various situations including gaming, and from a typist standpoint.


  • Mechanical Red Cherry MX switches with a lifespan of over 50 million keypresses
  • Compact and ergonomic layout with an integrated numpad section
  • Fully backlit with blue LEDs, 3 modes, and 5 brightness levels
  • NKRO through USB for unlimited simultaneous keystrokes
  • Embedded blue steel backplate for maximum stability and durability
  • 7 easy-access multimedia shortcut keys
  • Super grip pads and keyboard standoffs with rubber feet for increased stability
  • Windows keys can be disabled for uninterrupted gaming


Model Number SGK-4020-GKCR1
Key Switch Cherry MX Red
Keycaps ABS, grip coated
Keycap Puller Yes, Ring Puller
Backlight All keys backlit, 5 Levels 3 Modes(Breathing, WASD or full backlight);
Red switch key has red backlight
Key Rollover NKRO (windows only)
Polling Rate 1000Hz/1 ms
Interface USB 2.0
USB Cable 1.8m, braided, gold plated, removable


Weight 544g/1.2Lbs



# RE: CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical KeyboardArgos 2013-04-19 03:14
Tip: Never, ever buy a keyboard that combines the command cluster with the numerical keypad. I had one. For one year I desperately tried to to get used to it and I had to give up. It kept frustrating me. Not only during regular use, like word processing and the use of graphical software, but also during games who very often used command keys and numerical keypad for certain functions.

Having to constantly press a button to switch between command keys and numerical is the most irritating thing I ever experienced with a keyboard.

Never again.
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# RE: RE: CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical KeyboardAlbert 2013-07-23 22:11
Your loss, as I have heard from many other reviews and personal experience, the keys combined are able to be adjusted to rather quickly. I type and write at 120+ wpm and I've never had any issue or hiccup in speed with scrolling using the keys.

Plus, this is a compact keyboard. If you'd prefer one with four direction keys, the Quickfire Rapid has that and the numpad.
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