CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The keyboard came sturdily packaged:

CM Storm QuickFire Rapid – Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Boxed

As I had hoped, the compact keyboard allowed for comfortable alignment and distance between my left hand on the keyboard and my right hand on the mouse, which is my default setup when gaming. From an ergonomic standpoint, I want my hands to be about shoulder width apart.

CM Storm QuickFire Rapid – Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Red Switches

There are several design characteristics that influenced my decision to pick up a CM Storm keyboard:

Each key is concave, so your finger naturally falls into the middle of the key when depressing
There is a meaningful gap and crevice between each key and surrounding keys, which helps with correct finger placement
Each key has good travel distance, which prevents misfires from brush contact
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid – Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Concave Keys

I’ve only been using the QuickFire keyboard for a few days, but I already love it! The only downside to the keyboard is that it’s somewhat noisy, and in the heat of PVP, my wife can hear me clicking madly away in the next room. LOL.

Aside from brand, the main thing one has to decide with a mechanical keyboard is which Cherry MX mechanical switches to go with. There are 4 switch options, denoted by color, and per the manufacturer each option is tuned differently:

Blue: for typists, tactile actuation bump, actuation click sound, 60cN actuation force
Brown: for typists, tactile actuation bump, no actuation click sound, 55cN actuation force
Red: for gamers, no tactile actuation bump, no actuation click sound, 45cN actuation force
Black: for gamers, no tactile actuation bump, no actuation click sound, 60cN actuation force
I found an article and poll which recommends Cherry MX Brown instead of the Red I’m using. I’m tempted to order the Rapidfire keyboard with Brown switches to see which works best for me.

I got several dozen responses on Twitter about this topic. Here’s a link to the conversation:

Cherry MX Red or Cherry MX Brown switches for gaming? Bought Red with new keyboard amazon.com/gp/product/B00… but wondering about Brown