Wow the title is longer than I ever thought it would but that’s what the keyboard is. The Quickfire Rapid-I is part of Cooler Master’s CM Storm range, a mechanical keyboard using Cherry MX Switches and it is tenkeyless.
Tenkeyless? What’s that?
Tenkeyless refers to the keyboards that are without the num-pad. You know, that part on the right side with numbers that looks like a calculator. Gamers don’t need that part of the keyboard. 🙂
The model at goldfries.com uses Cherry MX Brown switches, it’s also available in BLUE and RED switch variant.
Switches aside, the keyboard comes with white LED backlight with 5 Modes and 5 Illumination Level Adjustments. You are also able to set the keys to light up on touch, and save up to 4 Lighting Mode Presets
It has also has tweakable Repeat Rate that’s done over USB, for faster key execution.
Below are the details taken from the official product page.
The keyboard’s surface is also of a luxurious soft-touch rubber coating, and it comes with multimedia shortcuts and also a 1.8mm braided USB cable.
User Experience & The Verdict
Here’s a video I made for this keyboard.
What I like about the keyboard is the size, it’s so compact that it’s easy to bring along for LAN Party and it also means you free up quite a lot of table real-estate. Your arms need not open like a bear just to enjoy your games.
The soft-touch surface is neat but I don’t know of anyone who touches the surface of the keyboards, especially one of minimal surface area such as the Rapid-i.
The LED customization is excellent and it I love how the keyboard works out of the box without having to install any software. On the downside, it’s a gaming keyboard that doesn’t come with Macro capability of which I think is more important to most gamers. Realistically speaking, I don’t look at my keyboard for my work and games, fancy LED looks cool but it’s purely aesthetics and does not contribute to gaming experience.
A workaround (of some sort) is to pair it with an ASUS ROG motherboard that comes with the KeyBot feature.
The keyboard will be available in the Malaysian market in August, retailing at a rather hefty RM 399 price tag. Is it good? Is it worth the price? Yes it’s good but as to whether it’s worth the price, let’s just say it depends on your priority. If you like fancy LED on a small sized keyboard and don’t mind the lack of macro functions then it’s all good.