Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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"Retro" has become a stylish theme as of late, but not nearly as often is it a functional change.  Mechanical keyboards, the stereotypical "clickety-clackety" style which have since all but vanished, have made a strong resurgence in the gaming community for their fast response times and haptic and/or audible feedback.  Mechanical gaming keyboards have slowly made a resurgence, but they've also been associated with a hefty price tag.  Coolermaster's CM Storm gaming line is offering its first mechanical gaming keyboard, the Quick Fire Rapid, which is a functional, key-riddled slab with a price tag more in-line with other gaming keyboards.

 

Overview

Gamers are now able to have an all-encompassing CM Storm experience. The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid is a high-grade mechanical keyboard that employs the best selection of Cherry MX Switches available. It is positioned as a premium quality keyboard with an attractive value proposition. It features a minimalistic design inspiration that makes it both an affordable step into using mechanical keyboards and worthy of competitive use.

Features

  • Mechanical CHERRY MX switches
  • Windows Keys disabled in GAME mode
  • Extra key-caps bundled (with keypuller)
  • Laser-marked keycaps
  • Anti Ghosting
  • NKRO in PS/2 mode
  • 1000Hz/1ms response time in USB mode
  • Multimedia shortcuts
  • Rubber coated Keyboard surface
  • Removable braided USB cable with cable routing

 

Specifications

Model SGK-4000-GKCL1-US (Blue Switch)
Dimension 355(L)x135(W)x35(H) mm
14(L)x5(W)x1(H) inch
Weight 940 g / 2.1 lbs
Interface USB / PS2
Key Switch CHERRY Blue
Keycap Puller Yes
Extra Keys 6 pcs
N key Rollover N key in PS/2 mode
Polling Rate 1000 Hz /1 ms
USB Cable Removable
Warranty 2 years
UPC Code 884102013683

 

Packaging

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The box (which was surprisingly small) is adorned in CM Storm's red/black color scheme and their signature "swirls" of their emblem.  Our of the box, the keyboard itself arrives with a user manual, a removable braided USB cable, a keycap puller, two Cooler Master-branded keycaps, and "WASD" replacement caps with arrows on the tops, which are red in color.

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