CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

It came as no surprise that the QuickFire Rapid-i didn’t disappoint. While Cooler Master doesn’t fool around with any of its mechanical keyboards, it has also been rare to find a keyboard with Cherry MX switches that can be justly labeled as lousy. Therefore, the likability of the QuickFire Rapid-i or another mechanical keyboard comes down to personal preference. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what makes shopping for mechanical keyboards difficult for those who have never tried one is how different the various switches feel when typed on. Fortunately, Cooler Master has a good guide to rid some of that confusion since they do offer several switch varieties on their keyboards. Having this choice is good.Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i

Besides the great typing experience mechanical switches offer, there are other things going on with the Rapid-i that should be mentioned. White backlights look nice and they’re not as flamboyant or vicious as other backlight colors. The lighting modes for the backlights offer some fun options that can’t as easily be found on other keyboards. The minimalist tenkeyless design is inoffensive in just about any environment with the narrow bezel, inconspicuous CM Storm logo printed on the far side of the keyboard, and detachable USB cord.Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i

While the QuickFire Rapid-i is a fantastic mechanical keyboard that we definitely recommend, the issue is finding value. Unfortunately, this keyboard doesn’t come cheap, costing $134.99 for the Brown switches and $149.99 for the Blue switches. This is exacerbated by the limited assortment of backlit tenkeyless Cherry MX mechanical keyboard alternatives, such as those from Ducky, while there are a wider variety of full-sized mechanical keyboards out there. With so much hanging on one’s personal preference, the worth of the Rapid-i comes down to how one values this keyboard’s design and features.

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: The Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i is simple and stylish, subtle and tough, as it should.

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  • Richard Cownie

    Just got a Rapid-I with MX brown for $130 from newegg. It feels great, and the
    87-key is great in allowing a good close position for a right-handed mouse. It’s my
    first time with a backlit keyboard – in a daytime office it doesn’t add much, but it was
    nice to use in a dark room.

    The only slight niggle I have with this is the angular sci-fi font on the keys, but I
    think I can get used to that, and hey, I should really learn to touch-type and stop
    looking. Apart from the font, it’s completely minimalist – matte black, heavy and
    solid, logo hidden on the back.