CM Storm – Quick Fire Rapid

7/17/2012 9:14:37 AM

Small, and very nearly perfectly formed

Mechanical keyboards have been around for decades, and for most of that time, they’ve been relatively unfashionable devices – reserved for typing purists and those who considered cheaper membrane keyboards uncouth. Recently, though, we’ve seen mechanical keyboards experience a renaissance, with manufacturers keen to tout them as the next must-have gaming peripherals.

Description: Description: Description: CM Storm – Quick Fire Rapid

CM Storm – Quick Fire Rapid

As ever, a lot of what’s said is marketing hyperbole, but there are benefits to using a mechanical board. They tend to be extremely sturdy for a start, as the mechanical keys need to be mounted to a metal chassis. This makes even a small model such as the CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid surprisingly weighty, lending it a feeling of quality and stability.

The other major benefit, and the one for which you’re paying a hefty price premium, is the key switches themselves, which have longer travel and more tactile feedback than membrane key switches. The silver Quick Fire Rapid we’re looking at here uses Cherry Black switches, although there’s also a black version of the keyboard that uses the Red switches too (SKU SGK-4000-GKCR1).

However, the Quick Fire Rapid’s Black switches have a slightly higher actuation force, which can make them a little less responsive, as it takes more force to register a key press. The difference is minor, though, and the resistance can be welcome in long gaming or typing sessions, as it makes typing less tiring.

Description: Description: Description: The silver Quick Fire Rapid we’re looking at here uses Cherry Black switches, although there’s also a black version of the keyboard that uses the Red switches too

The silver Quick Fire Rapid we’re looking at here uses Cherry Black switches, although there’s also a black version of the keyboard that uses the Red switches too

The other major characteristic of the Quick Fire Rapid is its size – the board eschews the traditional numberpad, making it almost a third smaller than other keyboards. Some people will undoubtedly miss the extra size, but we certainly didn’t feel restricted at any point when using the board. In fact, we appreciated the extra room on our desk.

Our major gripe, however, is the lack of a wrist rest – mechanical keyboards tend to sit a little higher up off the desk due to the height of the keys, so having a wrist rest is important and a silly omission.

As it’s a gaming keyboard, the Quick Fire Rapid also sports n-key rollover technology, meaning that the board can recognise any number of simultaneous key presses. This only works when connecting the keyboard via the bundled PS/2 adaptor, however – USB users will be limited to six-key rollover, which isn’t ideal when so many new motherboards don’t even have PS/2 connectors. It also sports media shortcut keys that are accessed via a function key, and a handy feature to lock the Windows key, to avoid accidental presses when gaming.


The CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid’s dinky proportions, solid build quality and affordable price make it an attractive keyboard. It lacks some of the flair of the more expensive Corsair Vengeance K60 but if this isn’t important to you, and you don’t mind purchasing a separate wrist rest, then it’s a solid mechanical gaming keyboard for the money.

Pros and cons


Small without feeling cramped; sturdy; well priced


No wrist rest; only 6-key rollover when using USB

How much?

Price: $100


SKU number: SGK-4000-GKCC1

In detail

Connection: Wired, USB

Cable: Braided, removable

Material: Plastic and metal

Extras: Extra red WSAD keys











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