Hello CM community,
I've been researching quite some time about Mechanical Keyboards in general and it stroke me that the availability of certain CM boards are very limited. For example:
- The promised Quickfire Rapid-i [QFRI] Blue's/Red's switches with corresponding lighting are still not released after a year of the Browns;
- The Quickfire Rapid-SI (Stealth version of TKL Intelligence) not released after a year, after the announce at CES 2014 (A year listed on the website, but not even released? Why not delete the Rapid-SI then?);
- The Quickfire Stealth TKL seems discontinued, only a couple left at amazon;
- The regular Quickfire Rapid seems discontinued, only a couple left at amazon.
Why do I ask this question? Because I wanted to buy the Rapid-i here in The Netherlands. But I found out that LED's tend to break sometimes after a month, half year or a year. Well you can request an RMA for repair, but what if they break after 2 years of warranty? And you can't use your keyboard for a few weeks when it is out for repair.
So I am searching for a Cooler Master TKL (tenkeyless) keyboard with no backlighting and preferably Brown or Red switches. Because I am not really fond of backlighting. I would like a simple TKL keyboard under 100 euros/dollars. I am not interested in the "TK" variants, I find them odd in use (I tried at a friend's house) and the FN button which you need to hold to use certain additional functions is not really a clever designing decision.
There are no other TKL keyboards out there with better price/quality wise, not as good as the Cooler Masters. For instance, Ducky's are similar in quality but too expensive. Filco ditto, Razer has no durability, Corsair has worse build quality.
So CM Boards are the best, here, I can say it as free marketing lol. But the stock/availability is really bad. Massdrop with his Quickfire Stealth's at $65 ended and probably won't start anytime soon again... I find plenty of Quickfire Stealth video's on youtube which are over 1 year old (Tek Syndicate, JayZ, Newegg), but the board isn't available, feels very weird to me. All this to promote a keyboard that doesn't even exist anymore.
My hope is that this question get's forwarded to the staff, so that they may realise that there is a demand for the new CM keyboards in Europe. I would like to know some ETA on shipments. I can't wait any longer really, if in 2014 was promised one thing and in 2015 still no new deliveries arrived - it looks bleak.