|Brand Name||Cooler Master|
|Item model number||SGK-4000-GKCL1-US|
|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||14 x 5 x 1 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||14 x 5 x 1 inches|
|Color||Rapid - CherryMX Blue|
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid - Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switches
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- Mechanical Blue Cherry MX Switches
- Windows keys disabled in Game mode
- Extra key caps bundled (with key puller)
- Laser-marked key caps
- NKRO in PS/2 mode
- Removable braided USB cable with cable routing
- Compact design without numpad section provides extra space for your mouse and allows your shoulders to be comfortably positioned
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Gamers are now able to have an all-encompassing CM Storm experience. The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid is a high-grade mechanical gaming keyboard that employs the best selection of CHERRY MX Switches available. It is positioned as a premium quality keyboard with an attractive value proposition. It features a minimalistic design inspiration that makes it both an affordable step into using mechanical gaming keyboards and worthy of competitive use. This version of QuickFire Rapid utilizes Blue CHERRY MX Switches that provide force feedback with low resistance, allowing light and easy key presses with a click feedback noise.
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Physical Appearance: I received a keyboard without the somewhat gaudy logo as pictured in the product image. The key engravings look pretty great, with a somewhat sleek and modern appearance. This is the kind of font Skynet would use. The keys themselves are well spaced for such a compact keyboard, and everything is very clearly labeled. As another user has noted, the Caps Lock key can be rather bright, even in well-lit conditions.
Typing: This keyboard is an *awesome* value. The MX Blues are very clicky, but I'm using this at home where there's not too many people to bother. I think that in an office setting they would be too loud, and it sounds like many other users in this situation will either be happy using the common "O-ring mod" which you can google, or simply ordering the MX Browns. In any case, the MX Blues have an excellent response, with a very audible click on actuation. There is a slight bump as well, but this is difficult to feel while touch typing. The feeling is very clean and responsive, but not overwhelming as a transition from a membrane keyboard. (In my case, I'm moving over from a Microsoft Sidewinder). There is a slightly louder bump if you bottom out the keys, but the response from actuation is more than enough to recognize that you've hit the character. The actuation force is very low, and makes this keyboard very easy to type on.
Other comments: This is extremely compact for a mechanical keyboard (again, I have the tenkeyless version). I really like that. This is actually compact enough for me to bring to my lab on days where there's nobody to complain about the clicking.... Overall, I think that this keyboard types much better than some of the other "gaming" keyboards that I've demoed at prices as high as $120, and I'd argue that it's value makes a much better overall purchase than a Das Keyboard (MSRP $140), even if, strictly speaking, the Das can be a better typing experience. Between being compact, very sleek, well built, and extremely cheap with the MX Blues at only $80, it's a real bargain. If you haven't had a mechanical keyboard before you should join the party with this one.
The build quality is very solid, and the keyboard has a real feeling of weight to it. The key layout is full-sized, and feels comfortable. The outside frame of the keyboard is narrower than any other 88-key keyboard I've used in the past, which makes the keyboard very compact. There's a sizable Cooler Master logo on the back of the keyboard.
At first, the Cherry MX Blue key switches are a bit soft for my personal taste, but after typing on them for a few days, they feel fantastic. Each keystroke is accompanied by a very audible and very predictable click, followed by the tap of the key. The font used on the keys is kind of ugly, but that's not a deal breaker for me, especially since replacing the standard Cherry key caps isn't that expensive.
The keyboard includes some nice extra features, including a Windows key lock function, and red back-lit Caps Lock and Scroll Lock keys. There are also media keys, driven by the function key.
- Unbeatable value for price
- Cherry blue keyswitches
- Very compact
- Windows key lock feature
- Function key driven media keys
- Ugly font on keycaps
- Large logo lets everyone know how much you love Cooler Master
If you're looking to get your first mechanical keyboard, a quality keyboard on a budget, or just a cheap beater, buy this one. The value for the price is unbeatable.
It's not super flashy, with plain font keycaps abd no windows logo. Its not even backlit, though for most people I suspect it doesn't matter. It gets the job done.
I got blues because the sound and the feel are cathartic for me, but for those who will use this around others, you would probably need to check with them first, because the sound us definitely noticeable.
Construction feels very solid, and it's quite hefty - not sure if all mechanical keyboards are like this, but the weight is not an issue.
The feet have rubber padding, along with places along the bottom side of the keyboard, meaning it will hardly move. I'm still getting used to it because I tend to adjust my keyboard's position frequently and it makes the feet go back up into the keyboard. Not really a problem, just something of note.
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