CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ReviewTue, Aug 05, 2014 - 8:12 AM
Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
For years now Cooler Master has brought to the masses affordable and clean minimalist looking mechanical keyboards in the form of the QuickFire lineup. While the aesthetic stands in contrast to the rugged looks and military themes of their other signature products, the attention to quality Cooler Master has become so trusted upon is still there. The original tenkeyless Quick Fire Rapid was popular due to its value, space saving functionality, and solid construction, but backlights were on the list as the most requested feature. Earlier this year, the Rapid-i with Cherry MX Brown switches with individually backlit white LEDs was released and now a new Cherry MX Blue switch model has been introduced which we are reviewing.
While mechanical keyboards are still a luxury piece for a computer, there are tangible benefits to using one. They’re usually tactile depending on what type of switch is used, the keys reset quickly, key ghosting is nonexistent, and they don’t wear down for a long time as a result of their operating mechanism and materials used. All of this made possible arguably because each key is backed by a metal spring as opposed to the elastic plastic found in the usual everyday keyboard. Cooler Master has a nifty guide to help out with explaining mechanical keyboards including details and graphics on the most popular mechanical switches and what their color labels mean.
The QuickFire Rapid-i isn’t just a plain backlit variation of the tenkeyless Rapid. The Rapid-i has several fun light modes including pulsing lights or reactive lighting when a key is pressed. Other things going on for the Rapid-i include media keys, Windows key lock, detachable USB cable, and 2-year warranty. The Rapid-i can be found at Amazon shipped for $134.99 for the Brown switches and $149.99 for the Blue switches.
Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Features:
- Cherry MX mechanical key switches – guarantees up to 50 million keystrokes
- Full LED backlighting – 5 modes and 5 illumination level adjustments
- ActiveLite reactive illumination, set keys to light up on touch
- Profile managements – save specific backlit keys in up to 4 lighting mode presets
- Repeat rate tweaking over UBS – execute commands quicker than ever
- Luxurious soft touch feel & minimalist style multimedia functions and keyboard adjustment shortcuts
- Detachable 1.8M durable braided UBS cable for easy transportation
Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Specifications:
- Switch: Blue switch, Brown switch, Red switch, switch availability may vary on language layout
- Key Rollover: NKRO (Windows only)
- Keycaps: ABS, grip coated, removable
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz/1ms
- Backlight: All White, All keys, 5 settings and 5 modes
- Windows Key Lock: Yes
- On-board Memory: 128k bytes
- Media Keys: Yes (via F keys)
- Interface: Micro USB 2.0, full speed
- USB cable: 1.8m braided, gold plated and removable
- Dimensions: 35.9(L) *13.8(W) *3.9(H) cm / 14.1(L) *5.4(W) *1.5(H) inch
- Weight: 932 g / 2.05 lbs
- 2-year warranty – damages as a result of removing keycaps improperly are not covered by the warranty
- SGK-4040-GKCM1-US – Cherry MX Brown
- SGK-4040-GKCL1-US – Cherry MX Blue
There isn’t much packaged with the QuickFire Rapid-i. There’s a 6 ft long USB-to-microUSB cable, a pair of instruction manuals on how to use the keyboard lighting modes and other features in either English or Chinese, a “User Guide” that outlines keyboard features, specifications, and technical support. As you can see in the picture, the keyboard itself is wrapped up in a foam sheet to protect the grippy matte finish from being scratched. On the next page, we’re going to take a good look at the keyboard itself so stick around!