I demoed the QFP in a variety of situations. Gaming, Typing, and I even used it as a weapon at my last LARPer Gathering. In every situation this keyboard was very comfortable which was kind of surprising? As I pointed before the keyboard could make use of a wrist rest due to the sheer height of base and even with the feet popped you don’t notice a major difference in rear raised angle. The biggest comfort factor has to lie in to the fact that the keys are concave and vary in height from the number row to the space bar.
As you can see from the side profile image from above I accentuated the concave line so you can understand what I’m talking about. This curve creates a bowl affect that makes your fingers want to stay within the bowl. Because of this and this alone the height that I thought was going to be a big issue wasn’t. Now all of you Carpal Tunnel freaks out there, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go without a wrist rest; all I’m saying is that regardless of height this keyboard is very comfortable to the fingers.
The QFP is the first keyboard I’ve used that has purchasable key switch types. You can pick between black, blue, brown, and red. The one that I received for review featured the MX Cherry Brown switches. These switches have a bit more resistance that what I’m used to (Red’s) but after only a short period of use I began to like these more than the Red’s that I was accustomed to. My typing actually seemed more fluent and regardless of resistance this keyboard seemed quieter than my current input device.
The keyboard has 3 Illumination modes. The first one (above) illuminates the arrow keys and only the WASD keys. The second one is the one you see below that has the ability to have the brightness adjusted using the illumination +/- keys located on “F2” and “F3”.In this mode the entire “gaming” cluster is illuminated. The third mode is the same as the second but cycles through all 5 brightness levels upon activation. I used the second mode the majority of testing. I noticed that no matter what game I was playing the illuminated keys in that mode seemed to be all I was using.
I started as a gaming using the classic Arrow keys and it’s nice to see a keyboard that embraces the fact that the arrow keys are still considered primary gaming keys. The CM Storm logo illuminates in every mode and as you can see below it’s the easiest thing to distinguish on the keyboard even in daylight.