Quick Fire XTi's backlit, animated keys ensure no work gets done

— 12:57 PM on September 8, 2015

Cooler Master has a thing for backlit keyboards with Cherry MX switches and minimalist designs, and it's continuing that trend with its latest keyboard, the Quick Fire XTi. Get a good look at what this mechanical keyboard has to offer in the "video manual" below.

As you might have noticed, the backlit keys on the Quick Fire XTi run from red to purple to blue. Cooler Master has bucked the RGB LED backlighting trend, instead opting for a red and a blue LED for each key. Those lights can be mixed in up to 35 different combinations. Owners can also toggle between several different effects, including a mesmerizing "water drop" mode that would result in zero news posts being written if I had this board. All of the lighting effects are controlled right on the keyboard without any add-on software.

The Quick Fire XTi boasts some more practical features, as well, like a detachable cable with multiple routing channels to put the cord where you want it. 104-key rollover should prevent any dropped keystrokes. The Quick Fire XTi's minimal design is devoid of extraneous media buttons or any other ornamentation, though media controls are available through function key combinations. 

The Quick Fire XTi can be had with red, brown, or blue Cherry MX switches. Cooler Master says the board is available today, and Newegg already has the Cherry MX Blue version in stock for $150

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