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Honest Review Vol. 4: CM Storm QuickFire TK

Honest Reviews: I will mostly be doing reviews about products which i myself am selling,  so you might think that i am biased and….. i cannot refute that. However, i feel that my reviews will be more about what you will get if you buy these products, and less about OMFG THIS IS SO GOOD MUCH WOW PLS BUY. just sayin’.

Let’s get to it!

This time, we’ll be doing the review of the CM Storm Quickfire TK. I’ve had it for a relatively short period of time (~2 weeks), but in those 2 weeks, I’ve gotten to know this keyboard quite well as I’ve been using it quite often for the sake of Keyboard Science (thumbs up if you get that reference! :P).


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Front and back of box, as well as the MX Switch sticker. MX Browns is the order of the day here.

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Standard packaging for a keyboard, though the polyesterene (I assume) sleeve is a bit thin.

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Our first look at the keyboard in all it’s glory. The font on this (and most CM Storm boards) is somewhat futuristic, and not everyone likes it. I’m somewhat impartial.

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Closer look at the font.

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Completing the unboxing, the remaining contents of the box. A gold plated USB plug with a braided cable, a keycap puller and a user manual.

First impressions are always important

Upon taking her outta the box, the first thought i had was how light it was and that it felt… (i hate saying this so much) “cheap”. Other users might, and probably will disagree with me, and that’s perfectly fine but….

I dont know how else to put it but somehow, it feels “cheap” compared to my Rosewill. For one, it’s much lighter than i expected it would be. I thought it was only because it was smaller, that’s why it was lighter, but was proven wrong when i had a look at an acquaintance’s Filco Majestouch 2 TKL. That keyboard was much much heavier than this. Another thing I didn’t like was that they keycaps felt.. “plasticky” or “finickky”.. However, i must put a caveat here that this is coming from using a doubleshot PBT set, but well.. I guess it’s just my opinion. Frankly, there’s nothing wrong with it, and the keyboard itself is perfectly fine as is.

The proof of the pie is in the eating

As is the proof of a keyboard is in the using. Here are some of my thoughts on this keyboard after using it.

The Good

One of the things I liked about this keyboard was the cable management system accomodating the detachable mini-USB cable. While this is present on most keyboards and most would consider this as nothing special, coming from a bare bones Rosewill board, I like it. Also, the recessed mini-USB hub is something I really like. This is because I plug and unplug the keyboard numerous times a day and the recessed hub holds the cable more firmly in place.

You can go straight out, left or right. Options are ALWAYS nice.

The recessed mini-USB port.

Besides that, this keyboard also has a standard US ANSI layout (as far as the lack of arrow and 9-key cluster goes). This a a definite plus for me as I switch between keyboard often and like using the same layout. For people who only use one keyboard, however, this would also be a plus for you as it is much much easier to find replacement keycaps for standard layouts as compared to non-standard layouts (Corsair Mechs). But if you have no intention on changing keycaps and are just sticking to one board, this wouldn’t really matter to you.


Another thing I like about this keyboard is the size. It is great for gaming, as it brings your hands closer, thereby reducing fatigue. However, when using the numpad/function cluster combo, I have to say this. I AM NOT A FAN OF IT. The reason being that when i do data entry on excel (the only time i use the numpad), I use BOTH the arrow cluster and the numpas numbers. On the TK, you have to hit the NumLock key when alternating between the 2 modes. It gets a while to get used to this, but if you don’t like it, you just dont. You can work around this by using the TK pad (let’s start calling it that) as the arrow and function cluster, and using the number row above your alphabets to key in the numbers, but you might as well get a true 80% TKL keyboard then.

The Bad

One thing I would love CM Storm improve on this (and in fact, most of their boards), is to do away with the “rubberish” finish on their keyboards (Ultimate, Rapid, TK, XT) and use a smooth finish. The reason being that a smooth finish is considered by most to be superior as the “rubberish” finish tends to wear out after much use and it becomes a smooth patch. BUT, if you like it (and I know for a fact some people do), then this would be to your preference.

Having rubber around is always safer tho. ;P

Besides that, the TK pad can be a love or hate thing as I mentioned earlier, so if possible, try and imagine yourself using one before buying it so you don’t regret spending 300-odd ringgit on this. Do this by ONLY using the numberpad or ONLY using the arrows at one time. If you find you can’t help using both, then I wouldn’t reccomend this keyboard.

The TK pad in question.
Like your girlfriend, make sure you like her before committing yourself.

Other points

To each man his own, and what I don’t like might be something you guys love. Like I mentioned in the unboxing, I was surprised at how “light” this keyboard was, at “only” 800grams. While I personally like a heavy sturdy keyboard, I admit that it’s not conducive for someone who’s on the go. Thus, for those of you who bring your keyboards with you around like a lost puppy, you would definitely like it being not so heavy.

Besides that, another thing I’m not too fond of is the Cherry stabilisers being using on this keyboard. Personally, I prefer using CoStar stabilisers simply because they feel… different?

CoStar stabilisers above, Cherry stabilisers below.

CoStar wire stabilisers
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Cherry Stabilisers

But Cherry stabilisers are much much easier and convenient to swap keycaps on compared to CoStar stabilisers as you just remove the keycap without needing to push and prod and wires, so they have that going for them. But this is totally up to your preference, so read this with a pinch of salt.


Some background on this keyboard. This mech is one of, I would say, CM Storm’s “signature” keyboards as it features the TK layout. This TK layout combines the arrow cluster as well as the 9 function keys abv the cluster with the traditional numberpad as you see above and is generally not made by other people, exception being the Razer Marauder a few posts back. This makes the TK pad probably the ONE reason you might wanna get this keyboard (if you want a full sized board, get the Ultimate; if u want an TKL board, the Rapid). Knowing that, my one piece of advice is to make sure you like the layout before getting this. Quality wise, nothing much wrong with it. Solid backlit keyboard with Cherry MX switches. There are better boards out there, no doubt, but there’s worse as well. CM Storm makes some of the best value-for-money mech keyboards around, and that’s a fact you simply cannot run from.


Solid keyboard with Cherry stabilisers, MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THE LAYOUT BEFORE BUYING, if you do, no reason not to get it.

The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid is available from us at RM 339 for MX Brown switches, and RM 369 for MX Red (no stock – March 2014) switches.

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Honest Review Vol. 3: i-Rocks Tactile Gaming Keyboard

Honest Reviews: I will mostly be doing reviews about products which i myself am selling,  so you might think that i am biased and….. i cannot refute that. However, i feel that my reviews will be more about what you will get if you buy these products, and less about OMFG THIS IS SO GOOD MUCH WOW PLS BUY. just sayin’.

Lerooooooooooyyy Jenkins!!


Box front

Box back

The features. Will talk more on that later.

The first sight upon opening the box. My first thought was “IT COMES WITH A KEYBOARD COVER! ! <3”. No, I’m serious, I was stoked seeing that keyboard cover. Do you know how hard it is to find one here in Malaysia?

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The booklet is the only other item in the box that comes with the keyboard, and it explains how you turn off the backlighted spacebar and how to turn of the Windows keys and function key. Pretty succint.

First impressions best impressions

Full frontal pic of the keyboard

How it looks from behind

Keyboard of Chinese Origin.

This keyboard comes with a normal, non-braided rubber cord. Definitely a (-) for a RM169 keyboard. =(

Pretty neat feature is this: cable management system which allows the cable to be routed so that it exits the keyboard to the left, centre or right. (+)

Note the rubber feet both on the base and the height adjuster. This means no matter what height you like your keyboard to be, the rubber feet are there for you. (+)

Even without the braided cable, it still comes with a gold plated USB plug. A good thing, even if it’s solely for the aesthetics. (+)

This keyboard comes with a pretty unusual font, which some might like and others hate. According to our in-house graphics team (I jest! We don’t have one!), it’s an Egyptian-ish font, which is kinda cool. I like it,  but at the end of the day, its just a font, so no biggie.

More on the font. Also, holding the PrtSC button toggles the backlight for the spacebar’s backlight, which is the only backlight on the keyboard, aside from the usual LED indicators.

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Pretty attractive/sporty red stripe goes all around the keyboard.

Delve deeper, we must (Wall of text ahead)

So I’ve been using this keyboard for a while now and several things pop out, some good, some not so good.

I guess bad news is always preferable first, so here’s the ugly:

Dem feels

The keyboard is marketed and tagged as a “tactile” membrane keyboard with the POM guide sleeves for each key, but I was severely underwhelmed by the feel of it the first time i tried it. However, bear in mind that I am comparing it to a actual tactile mechanical keyswitch which costs quite a bit more than this (double, in fact), so that comparison would be unfair, to say the least. Still, to market it as a “tactile” keyboard, I expect more tactility.

To play devil’s advocate here, let me give some feedback from other people. While the general consensus is that the keyboard feels similiar to normal rubber domes, a slight minority claimed that the K10 feels better and much more tactile than their rubber domes. Generally, they were coming from using older rubber domes, so I guess this keyboard would be much better than theirs. Still, all this is qualitative and cannot be quantified, so I guess it’s to each person their own.

Let there be ligh….. no?

For RM 169, I would love to see more LEDs on this keyboard. There are a total of  5 LEDs on this keyboard, and 4 of them are indicators. As mentioned above, this keyboard ‘s only decorative LED is under the spacebar. But this is an aesthetics thing, and I’m not too bothered by it.

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DAT layout

One really annoying thing about the keyboard is that it has a standard layout EXCEPT for 3 keys, the “Enter/Return”, “Backspace” & “|” key. The enter key is super huge and takes up more space than is necessary. Not sure is this to make the logo on the key more noticeable or what, but this forces the “|” key. which is usually below the backspace and above the enter key, to be moved to the same row as the backspace key. This forces the usually “1×2” sized backspace key into a “1×1” size. This makes me constantly miss the Backspace as I usually hit the Backspace right in middle. For someone who switches between a few keyboards (part of the job :P) quite regularly, this annoys me to no end. However, if you only use one keyboard regularly, you could deifnitely learn to re-adjust your typing to this keyboard. Still, being one of the most commonly used-keys, it would make sense to make it larger.

Replaced the backspace key to at least make it FEEL different,

Now that we’re done with that, onwards to the good:

Yo momma so fat….

…that if she sat on this keyboard, she’d break. This keyboard is made pretty darn well. Feels really really solid, and pretty heavy as well. Part of this could be attributed to the fact that this keyboard has a “support plate” (so it says on the packaging, but I’d assume its a metal) underneath the membrane layer, but keep in mind that not ALL keyboards with backplates feel solid.

Cherry MX Keycap compatible

One of the really really (welcome) surprises about this keyboard is that the POM guide sleeve is actually compatible with Cherry MX keycaps.

The POM guide sleeves.

Replaced with iKBC Doubleshot PBTs from my RK9000.

In my personal opinion, this should be one of THE selling points that i-Rocks should emphasize. There are some people out there who love the looks of mechanical keyboards with custom keycaps but couldn’t care less about how they feel. This keyboard would be absolutely perfect for them, with several conditions. ONE, the keycaps they choose should be generously normal sized or big so that there’s enough clearance for the squarish raised borders/supports around the keycap stem. TWO, the keyboard uses normal rubber-dome stabilisers, so those keys using stabilisers (Enter, Space, Shift keys, the longer Numpad keys) would be be replaceable. Still, most people only want to change a few keys, not all, and changing all the alphabetical keys would be enough to give a keyboard that “cool” factor.

 Actually has 30-KRO

This feature actually trumps most mechanical keyboards as most mechs only have 6 or 8-KRO over USB. The K10 has a whopping 30-KRO that i tested over keyboardtester.com, which is really really good. While it’s not something you would ACTUALLY use, it’s pretty cool and definitely a good thing for all those gamers out there.

No more hitting windows and getting flamed by your “friends”

You can easily disable the windows and right function keys whenever you’re gaming by just holding those buttons down until the “win lock” indicator lights up. Another good point for all of you to keep i mind.

The Dust Cover

I’m not jokin’, some 400ringgit keyboards don’t even come with this.

Now, to wrap it all up…

One last point that I have to point out is that this keyboard comes with stock PBT keycaps. While PBT keycaps are generally regarded by the keyboarding community (not sure if it exists) as the best material keycaps can be made out of as they feel better, the PBTs on this keyboard are pretty thin.

Right to left : iKBC PBT, SP ABS, i-Rocks PBT

For most of you out there, if you don’t understand what the initials are, then it doesn’t really matter to you. But for those of you who do, the PBTs on the K10 almost bear no significance because PBTs only matter when you bottom out on your mech switch, and bottoming out on membranes feel the same no matter what they keycap is made of. To be totally honest, if i-Rocks made these with ABS, pretty much no-one would mind, and they would(should) save some costs by doing so. This is something that I personally feel, but could be subject to everyone’s personal preferences. Good for them for using PBTs, but at the end of the day, totally unnecessary.


Whether you like/love/hate this keyboard and what you think of it, I would say, totally depends on what you are looking for in a keyboard. If you’re looking for a solid keyboard to type on but don’t care about mechanicals, this is just perfect for you. If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to a tactile mechanical keyboard, stay away. If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard which is durable, but don’t need media/macro keys or fancy pansy backlighting, pretty good buy as well as not many rubber domes give 30-KRO. If you’re looking for a keyboard for which you can change a few keys to make it personal, this would be awesome. At the end of the day, it’s what you want from a keyboard that really decides if this is a good buy or not.

My personal opinion is that its a pretty solid keyboard, but just not for me.


Dissapointing POM guide sleeve tactility, amazing Cherry MX keycap compatibility, terrible backspace key, great 30-KRO, awesomely solid, very niche clientele.

The i-Rocks K10 is available from RM 169 from us.

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Honest Reviews Vol. 2: Razer DeathAdder All-Black Edition

Honest Reviews: I will mostly be doing reviews about products which i myself am selling,  so you might think that i am biased and….. i cannot refute that. However, i feel that my reviews will be more about what you will get if you buy these products, and less about OMFG THIS IS SO GOOD MUCH WOW PLS BUY. just sayin’.

Here we go.

So this time around, we’ll be having a look at the Razer DeathAdder All-Black Edition >link here<.


The DeathAdder is one of Razer’s most successful, most popular mice as it is still in the “affordable” (somewhat) price range (for a Razer) and has 2 extra side buttons in addition to the left-click right-click and scroll wheel button. Keep in mind that this unit I am reviewing is not new (review units, anyone? =D) and belongs to a friend who has kindly lent it to me. Right now, my permanent mouse is the Logitech G400s .Before we go on, here are the numbers:

Up to 3500 dpi
3.5G Infrafed Optical Sensor
1000Hz polling rate/ 1ms response time
Ergonomic Right-handed design
From Razer website:

  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-On mode
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Ultra-large non-slip buttons
  • 16-bit ultra-wide data path
  • 60–120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Seven-Foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate Size : 127 mm / 5.00” (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76” (Width) x 44 mm / 1.73” (Height)
  • Approximate Weight: 148 g / 0.33 lbs

Now that that’s done, here is what the mouse looks like.

The rear of the mouse, not the curved grip with the 2 side buttons. This version of the DeathAdder doesn’t come with LED backlit Razer logo, unfortunately. This is a major letdown, in my opinion, as this was a RM 200+ mouse (currently retails for RM189). Still, at the current price, I would expect at least some form of LED lighting effect, be it on the scroll wheel or the logo on the palm grip.

This is the view from the right rear. The right side of the mouse is largely featureless. Here, I much prefer my own G400s with it’s recessed grip for the pinkie/ringfinger. But it’s not that much of a difference. Not a pro-gamer, doesn’t matter.

This is from the front. Note that the scroll wheel has deep-ish grooves as compared to other mice, and that even after 2 use of hard usage, the grooves are still rubbery, not worn down. Besides being slightly shiny, the scroll wheel seems to retain it’s functionality, as well as it’s tactility when scrolling.

This is the view of the mouse from the side. The slight demarcation below the 2 buttons is proof of this mouse’s 2 year-long usage. After 2 years, the side buttons are working perfectly fine, still pretty clicky. However, for the right-click left-click buttons, the right-click button is slightly “soft” (for lack of a better description). The right-click button is not as tactile and clicky as the left button, but after 2 years of Dota-ing, i would say this mouse is in great condition for it’s age. Here, i want to add that there are horror stories about how Razer products are overpriced and that the quality is lacking. I cannot refute the “overpriced” claim, but i must say that this mouse in particular has held up pretty well for a 2-year old mouse.

The underside of the DeathAdder. It’s made in China, by the way. The button next to the optical sensor is, I assume, for On-The-Fly DPI adjustments with the Razer Synapse driver installed. As I did not install the driver, I cannot vouch for it. Here, I have one complaint, and that is the glides/feet of the mouse is tiny as compared to other mice. Look at those 3 tiny feet, 2 in front, 1 at the back. However, this in no way affects performance, as far as I can tell. Also, the optical sensor is not as good as my Logitech G400s because when using the mouse on a tabletop, both matte and glossy, the mouse tends to not track as well. When used on a mousepad, it’s fine though. In contrast, the G400s tracks well on all surfaces, tabletop or mousemat.

Since this mouse doesn’t belong to me, I dare not open it up to have a look at the internals.

The mouse comes with a 2m long braided cable with a gold plated USB plug. Here, I have to say I am rather impressed with the condition and quality of it. Even after 2 years of use, no frays, no weird kinks, perfectly smooth and feels great. Definitely a plus.


As I tend to gravitate to using a claw grip and not a palm grip, I had to acclimatise myself to this mouse as I feel it is more suited to a palm grip user. Also, it feels too damn big in my hand, and I still prefer my smaller G400s. However, other people will definitely find this to their liking, else Razer wouldn’t have sold thise many of these lil’ buggers.

The glide performance, despite the tiny feet, is perfectly fine, perfectly smooth, no kinks, no rough patches or anything.

So……. that’s that, i guess. Overall, the Razer DeathAdder is a “budget” Razer gaming mouse with 2 side buttons with a pretty good build quality. That being said, there should have been other features included in a mouse in this range, but hey.. It’s a Razer.


Good quality Razer mouse, albeit slightly overpriced. Shoulda been backlit.

Honest Reviews Vol. 1: Rosewill RK9000

Honest Reviews: I will mostly be doing reviews about products which i myself am selling,  so you might think that i am biased and….. i cannot refute that. However, i feel that my reviews will be more about what you will get if you buy these products, and less about OMFG THIS IS SO GOOD MUCH WOW PLS BUY. just sayin’.

Here we go.

So the item we’re looking at this week is the Rosewill RK 9000. Keep in mind that i am doing this review about 4 months after i first bought this keyboard, so i can give you, the reader, a user’s experience on this keyboard.

First off, this is what I got when I first bought this keyboard.


The box is fairly solid and is….. well.. it’s a box.

When you take it out of the box, there’s a polysterene sleeve which protects the keyboard.


The keyboard comes with a manual ( sort of) and 2 braided cables, 1 USB and 1P/S2 cable, so that you can choose which cable you wanna use. I must add here that the cables are quite well-built and even after 3 – 4 months of rough use, i have yet to find any snags or loose fabric on the cable.


The keyboard in its full glory, as i am using it now. Note that there are several aftermarket keycaps on the keyboard in the picture below. Here, i must say that the keyboard is pretty well built. The red steel plate makes it quite heavy (roughly 3.4 pounds or about 1 kilogram), but it is a good sort of heavy. You can tell from holding it in your hands, this piece of equipment was meant to be typed on, like REALLY TYPED ON.


The next picture shows the keyboard in it’s stock form. Much less plain, but no less attractive. It may look like any normal keyboard, but like any real man, i see beauty in function, and this keyboard functions well.


Side profile: Stepped keys, making typing that much better.


The mini USB connection on the keyboard. I have read on previous reviews that the connection is poorly made and that it breaks easily. I have experienced none of that. At the moment, i carry this keyboard around when i wanna get work done, which means that i plug and unplug the keyboard countless times a day. So far, the connection is as solid as the day I bought it. However, further reading shows that if there is an issue with the connection, it can easily be fixed with some solder and/or superglue.


Yet to mention what switches this keyboard has, so here it is in it’s full glory.


Cherry MX Blues! Noisy, yes, but hella fun to type on.


Here, i have removed the front cover of the keyboard, exposing the beautiful steel plate. Note, the steel plate is finished in red but the finishing is not perfect. There are a few scratches/ places where the paint is not even or chipped. However, i don’t feel that this is too big an issue and that it doesnt ruin the typing experience at all. IF, on the other hand, you have OCD, you might not be too happy.


This is the Rosewill’s on-board microcontroller, for your viewing pleasure.



Micro-controller removed.



Born on 18th June 2012.


The keyboard’s PCB. Flux residue was rampant, and the board is quite “dirty” in my honest opinion. Here, build quality could definitely be ramped up a notch or two. However, solder connections are solid and do not give any issues. It’s just appears sub-par, but it does the job perfectly fine.


Back cover (bottom) and front cover (top). It’s easily removed by unscrewing 3 screws from the back of the board. I currently am using the keyboard without re-screwing the screws as there are pins along the side of the covers that hold them together quite well.


Rosewill RK-9000. Made in Taiwan.

Wall of Text

First Impressions

The first impressions of the keyboard when i first got it, was that it was solid, built to last. One gripe i DO have is that it doesnt come with any accessories besides the 2 USB cables. No keypullers, no additional keycaps, no keyrings or anything. But hey, it’s the cheapest full size mechanical keyboard in the market, and i guess you get what you pay for.

Prolonged Usage

So far, in my 4-odd months of using this keyboard, i’ve grown to like it. Here are some good and bad points of the keyboard:

– Simple and elegant (arguable) design, classy and will probably never go out of style. As i’m a man with simple tastes, this goes well for me.

– Standard layout makes changing keycaps a cinch. As long as you can find ’em, most keycaps will fit on this board.

– Easy to remove covers makes for opening and cleaning the keyboard very easy and doable. Note that opening the keyboard voids the warranty, so BE CAREFUL.

– Heavy, and with rubber feet, means that the keyboard will not move around on your desk if you don’t want it to. However, this thing is by no means portable, and can be a pain to carry around.

– Full 104-key layout means that doing data entry is good, but not very portable and takes up valuable desktop real estate. (I may be getting a TKL board soon enough so… YAY MORE REVIEWS)

-This keyboard does not come with backlighting, and the PCB does not have holes for custom LED modding, so unless you mod with LES strips, this keyboard will never be backlit.

-No additional macro keys or additional software to record macro keys. Because of this, the keyboard is strictly plug and play, which is nice, but macro-heavy gamers may find this annoying/a breaking point. Note that aftermarket macro-recording software is available online for free, as far as i know. Can not confirm.


Good, solid entry level mechanical keyboard without backlighting, without macro keys. If you’re looking for a full-size mechanical keyboard without any frills, this is definitely your cuppa tea.

This keyboard retails at rm279 each, for every switch type (MX Blues, MX Browns, MX Reds, MX Blacks). Right now, i’m not stocking any Rosewills but if there is enough demand, i’ll bring them in.

Hit me up in the comments if you wanna know more.

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update 25/02 – enlarged photos. Thanks Wilson =D