• Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Announced


    Cooler Master has recently announced their first gaming keyboard, the QuickFire Rapid. It's a compact keyboard featuring Cherry MX mechanical switches, with three different models available.

    Details

    CM Storm aims to offer the best available mechanical hardware by integrating CHERRY MX switches. These provide the QuickFire Rapid with the ability to respond to, and recover from, furious button presses with almost zero lag. Vastly improve your possible gaming actions per minute by utilizing a QuickFire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in FPS, MMO, RTS, and other games. CHERRY MX Black, Brown, or Blue switches will be available based on region.
    The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid has many features that make it clearly a keyboard designed for the gaming enthusiast. Let's look at the feature list.

    • Mechanical CHERRY MX Switches - Three models are available; Cherry MX Blue which has a tactile bump that is easily felt, normal resistance, and 50g activation force. Designed for typing. Next is the Cherry MX Brown model, which has a 45g activation force, they have a light tactile bump through the key press which lets you know that the key has been pressed, and it's the best middle ground for gaming and typing. Finally there is the Cherry MX Black model, which is a gaming key switch type with a 60g activation force, no tactile bump, and the activation/release points are at the same location, which makes double tapping easier.
    • Windows keys disabled in GAME mode
    • Extra key-caps bundled
    • Key puller included
    • Laser-marked key caps
    • Anti-Ghosting
    • NKRO in PS/2 Mode - n-key rollover makes the keyboard immune to key ghosting and key jamming.
    • 1000 Hz/1 ms response time in USB mode
    • Multimedia shortcuts
    • Rubber coated keyboard surface
    • Removable braided USB cable with cable routing
    • 355(L)x135(W)x35(H) mm / 14(L)x5(W)x1(H) inch
    • 940 g / 2.1 lbs


    Here's the keyboard in all of it's glory. As you can see it's quite basic since it is designed for gamers, and it is not Cooler Master's highest end gaming keyboard. There are no dedicated programmable keys, the multimedia keys are integrated into F6 to F12, and there is no number pad. The Windows key have a CM Storm logo instead of a Windows logo.








    This image shows the cable routing features of the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid. Also visible is a flip-up stand on each side of the keyboard.


    Here's a picture of the mechanical switch.


    Spare keys and key puller. The W, A, S, and D keys can be replaced with up, left, back, and right respectively. The keys with the Cooler Master logo can replace the standard Windows keys.

    The release date for the QuickFire Rapid is expected to be sometime in October, as it has been available on PChome.com.tw. Prices were not announced, but on PChome the Cherry MX Black and Brown models are listed at about $90 USD while a Cherry MX Red version (which doesn't even appear on www.cmstorm.com) is listed at about $97. So expect to see them soon!

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    Comments 15 Comments
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      I love the design. Im not one for over the top looks when it comes to my keyboards.

      Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
    1. TheCraven's Avatar
      TheCraven -
      I very much want this.
    1. Spaiker's Avatar
      Spaiker -
      Nice, I want to get rid of my G15
    1. ana3mic's Avatar
      ana3mic -
      I like the compact design, I rarely use the 10 keys on my own PC.
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      I am interested in trying out a mechanical keyboard, and this one is at the top of my list.
    1. vincedea's Avatar
      vincedea -
      when is it goign to be release?
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      Sometime this month in the US. You can try ordering it from www.PChome.com.tw if you REALLY want it.

      The question for me is... Cherry MX Red or Cherry MX Black? I've never tested either of them but I have read all the info on them. I'll flip a coin.
    1. vincedea's Avatar
      vincedea -
      Which one is better?
    1. Enad's Avatar
      Enad -
      Hate those types of keys. Would never spend $97 on a keyboard...
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      Quote Originally Posted by Enad View Post
      Hate those types of keys. Would never spend $97 on a keyboard...
      Wait... you don't like mechanical??
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      Quote Originally Posted by vincedea View Post
      Which one is better?
      Blacks require more force, reds are very light. It's up to personal preference really. For gaming, either of those is the best.
    1. Joe's Avatar
      Joe -
      Nice look, but I use my number pad so often for college/etc, not for me.
    1. Enad's Avatar
      Enad -
      Quote Originally Posted by strudinox View Post
      Wait... you don't like mechanical??
      Not really. Maybe it's just mine. I have a regular $40 Logitech Mechanical Keyboard. I hate how the keys stick out, looks exactly the same on this one above.

      What exactly is the difference because all I know is that my non-mechanical one is much easier and... comfortable, if that's possible, to use.
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      Quote Originally Posted by Enad View Post
      Not really. Maybe it's just mine. I have a regular $40 Logitech Mechanical Keyboard. I hate how the keys stick out, looks exactly the same on this one above.

      What exactly is the difference because all I know is that my non-mechanical one is much easier and... comfortable, if that's possible, to use.
      http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/4...ard-guide.html

      Mechanical switches provide better response time, you don't have to bottom the key, no ghosting, you can press more keys at the same time, etc. And LOL, Logitech does not make any mechanical keyboards.
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      Quickfire Red is now on cmstorm.com. It's a Cherry MX Red version, and is all black with red highlights. Looks awesome.http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/k.../quickfirered/