|CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Friday, 02 March 2012|
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CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Final Thoughts
Like all mechanical keyboards, I found that the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid provides a massive benefit to those of us who do lots of typing. The extra feedback both haptic and auditory helps encourage an even, quick-paced flow of typing. When it comes to gaming while the Cherry MX Blues work well I do not see as much of a benefit in their mechanical design as I do in my work. Again, the short travel needed for activation will help with quick movements but I do not find they are substantially better than a good rubber dome keyboard when it comes to gaming.
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Conclusion
Performance of a keyboard is about being able to quickly and accurately type and game at all times. Thankfully, because of the fantastic Cherry MX Blue switches accuracy is not a problem that the QuickFire Rapid suffers from. When the QuickFire Rapid is compared to the standard HP keyboard that my school uses I am seeing at least a 20-25% increase in speed and accuracy while working on my studies.
The QuickFire Rapid is a good looking keyboard, and although the CM Storm logo is plastered liberally across it I still find that is a more acceptable keyboard to have a in a business environment than many of its gaming brethren. At the same time, the mute greys and blacks allow it to fit in with many other peripherals on the market allowing for a uniform design across a user's workspace.
The QuickFire Rapid is a well-constructed keyboard that is backed by a two year warranty from Cooler Master should anything go wrong. They entire keyboard has a very solid feel because of solid steel core which gives it a 2.1lbs weight. Combine that with a full set of mechanical keys and you have a superb feeling keyboard that can take almost anything you can throw at it and keep on ticking.
The QuickFire Rapid was designed as a no frills mechanical keyboard that does not compromise on any front. For the most part, it delivers; it provides a superb typing experience, with full NKRO capabilities, and a space saving design. Some people may not like the lack of number pad but once you get used to it I found that for the most part it is not much of an inconvenience. Even better the added functions given by the media keys actually continue to work if a user want use the USB to PS/2 converter that is included. Overall, the functionality of the QuickFire Rapid comes down to providing the great functionality of a keyboard without being bogged down by extra keys, software, or functions.
Value for the QuickFire Rapid is an interesting proposition. Priced at $79.99 the QuickFire Rapid is on the lower end of the spectrum for mechanical keyboards but is still priced above 75% of the keyboards on Newegg.com. Overall, the biggest competition that the QuickFire Rapid has is the Razer BlackWidow, which competes almost directly with it on price point but provides a full sized keyboard layout, programmable keys, and some very nice software. Still the QuickFire Rapid is a very nice piece of kit for the price, and should last users at least two full builds if they take care of it.
Due to its durability, beautiful mechanical keys, space saving design and two year warranty I would easily recommend the QuickFire Rapid to any of my friends and colleagues and gladly award it Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer award.
+ Space saving design
- Loud key actuations
Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.
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