|CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Friday, 02 March 2012|
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Testing & Results
Testing peripherals like the QuickFire Rapid are quite simply a matter of using them in the real world for an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the product they are no standardized test that can be done but rather it is a matter of personal opinion from the time spent using the product. In order to analyze the qualities of the QuickFire Rapid I focused on looking at the many different realms of work and play that the QuickFire Rapid is expected to be subjected to. This means looking at both its qualities as a gaming keyboard, but more importantly its qualities as a method of input for work and school related projects.
Gaming with the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid is quite an enjoyable experience. The responsive keys and quick actuations make it ideal for fast-paced gaming and accurate movements. During my gaming sessions with StarCraft II I could quickly use many sets of keyboard commands to create units in the most efficient pattern possible. At the same time during long sessions of Battlefield 3 I found that I could play comfortably for hours without feeling strain on my wrists, while at the same time being able to accurately fly a plane or helicopter using the keyboard controls. Again, during my gameplay for Skyrim I found that even after a couple hours of exploration that I was not feeling any pain in my wrists or fatigue in my hands. I was also able to quickly and easily vanquish any enemies that might challenge me, quickly switching between spells and weapons effectively using the QuickFire Rapid.
My real experience with the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid was doing schoolwork and working on projects. The small size of the QuickFire Rapid made it a perfect keyboard to bring to school with me and let me test it out in my day-to-day life. I spend a majority of my time working on Cisco switches, ISR's, and Linux Servers. Although I was relatively quick using the rubber dome keyboards that come standard with almost every machine on the market, using the QuickFire Rapid with its Cherry MX Blue switches was like a night and day difference. Along with the increase in speed a much-needed increase in accuracy came with it, as the haptic feedback provided let me feel when my key had activated allowing for more accurate touch-typing.
A small but important test for the QuickFire Rapid is testing its NKRO capabilities when using the included PS/2 adapter. I found that using the PassMark Keyboard test that I could activate nearly every key on QuickFire Rapid at the same time with no problems whatsoever. Even better while using the included PS/2 adapter all of the media fuction continued to work, something that I have found to be not true on some of the QuickFire Rapids competitors.