CoolerMaster Storm QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Don’t be fooled by its name, the QuickFire Rapid will not suddenly boost your typing speed to the firing rate of a fully automatic machine gun. Perhaps what CoolerMaster was trying to say when they named this keyboard the “QuickFire Rapid” is that it can handle even the fastest finger movements without a hitch. But the name of the keyboard doesn’t matter, we are here to see if it performs.
The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid is the only keyboard in the CM Storm family. Geared towards serious gamers who demand nothing but performance, this plank features a minimalistic design much like other mechanical keyboards we’ve reviewed in the past such as the SteelSeries 6GV2 but oddly enough, this one is missing the right side numpad. Intrigued?
In my opinion, mechanical switches are a must for true gaming keyboards. They’re typically more durable, each keypress feels more balanced, and mechanical keyboards typically offer some sort of N key rollover or anti-ghosting feature that ensures every keypress is registered. As you probably already know, the most common mechanical keyswitches are produced by Cherry and they most commonly produce four different variations of their switches each with different actuation forces, sound profiles, tactile feels, etc. Unlike most companies that only offer one type of switch, CoolerMaster offers three depending on your region. (Cherry MX Black, Cherry MX Blue and Cherry MX Brown) Additionally, they also produce a Cherry MX Red edition of the keyboard which features a physically different appearance; however, is available only in specific markets as well.
For the purposes of this review, our review sample came with Cherry MX Blues, which is actually in our favor because we find them to be among best balance between typing and gaming.