|CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Thursday, 01 March 2012|
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Closer Look: CM Storm QuickFire Rapid
Although the physical layout of most keyboards is similar, the small differences between products can still take some getting used to. At the same time, many users have a very specific aesthetic quality they are looking for when they buy products. Some companies cater to this greatly e.g. Razer, rather opposite of this the Quickfire Rapid except for a couple CM Storm logos is a fairly non-descript keyboard.
The QuickFire Rapid is an interesting design that is much smaller than many of its contemporary counterparts thanks to its lack of a number pad. For some this may be an annoyance but I found that in its day-to-day use that this was not problematic once I stopped automatically going for the number pad out of habit.
The QuickFire Rapid with its four rubber pads and 2.1lbs weight sits quite stably on a user's desk. For users who prefer a more elevated typing experience Cooler Masters has added a single height adjustment that adds around an inch of height to the rear of the QuickFire Rapid.
With a fully mechanical layout, the QuickFire Rapid tends to have taller keys than its rubber dome counterparts do. Thankfully, this discrepancy is made up for by the fact that each of Cherry MX Blue switches activates half way through its full 4mm of travel.
The Cherry MX Blue switch is what makes this keyboard such a great little device. Preferred by many typists because they provide both auditory and haptic feedback, the Cherry MX Blue switches require a full 60 Grams of pressure to actuate. This helps create a stable platform for typing and gaming as a user does not need to worry as much about accidently activating the Cherry MX Blue switch as with its Red sibling which require only 45 grams of pressure to actuate.
Although the QuickFire Rapid does not come with many frills, Cooler Master does provide its users with some extra keycaps for the WASD key cluster and for each of Windows. Easing the process of switching these keys is a included key cap grabber that allows for easy and safe removal of each of the key caps.