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CMStorm QuickFire Rapid-i TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Dec 10, 2014 3:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: CMStorm

CMStorm QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard

 

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As most of their boards do, the top section of this QuickFire wraps around the entire side of the frame, and offers an indentation near the back to make it easier to grip and move the keyboard around. As the Rapid-i sits flat on the table, we see that the key caps do lean away from the user, just like they all do.

 

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Starting out very close along the top edge of the Rapid-i, we run into our first dual purpose buttons. F1 turns the LEDs on and off, while F2 allows you to decrease the intensity. Along with the F3 to increase the brightness, there is also the F4 button that swaps out the entire lighting mode as we described earlier.

 

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Moving a bit to the right, we then find the repeat rate keys. Here you can select the rate at which the key will apply itself when pressed and held. Keep in mind, these will work along with Windows settings, so you can tweak this a bit for exacting speeds.

 

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As we progress to the F9 through F12 keys, we find four M-keys for lighting profiles. Using the Function and Print Screen keys, then tapping one of these, will provide a programming mode where you can select the lights that are on and off. The arrangements will save to one of the four profiles that is saved on board.

 

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To the right is the Windows Lockout key, and multi-media keys. Overall, the font is acceptable, and we can see that the steel plate has been painted white to help reflect the LED backlighting.

 

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As we raise the back of the Rapid-i with the flip out feet, we find a much more usable angle to the keys. When flat, the blunt edge may cause issues, but with the caps raised and leaning at you, your palms will rarely even feel the edge.

 

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On the back edge, there is a Micro-USB port that accepts the cable we showed you earlier. The plug is angled to better accommodate those with the PC on the right of them. However, even with the need for a small loop of cord, there is plenty of length to get to those on the left as well.

 

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On the opposite end of the back edge, we see that CMStorm has painted their name on Rapid-i. The nice thing is that this naming is not too obnoxious, so it shouldn't prevent you from keeping the Rapid-i at your desk, even in an open office that requires a bit of class.

 

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The bottom of the keyboard is flat as can be; only four thin rubber feet, and the hinges for the flip out feet stand proud of the frame. There is a large sticker at the top with the model and serial numbers, and also a quality control sticker over a screw hole at the left.

 

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Since the flip out feet will take away the use of the rear feet for grip, CMStorm made sure to cover the end of the feet with a rubber pad to ensure that this TKL does not move around.

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