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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

Inside the QuickFire Rapid-i

 

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While verifying that we do indeed have the Rapid-i with Cherry MX blue switches, we can see that they have built-in the stabilizer bars, concealing them, and keeping them from filling up with debris and hair.

 

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The caps that fit on the switches follow the usual procedure. First, they are cast in white ABS plastic, then a special coating is applied that is sort of rubber feeling, but allows an easy way to get the LED lighting through the bare iconography.

 

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The top section of the frame is pretty standard in a mechanical keyboard. As for the bottom, the Rapid-i has supports in both directions, as well as pins to help keep this steel plate solid, stable, and free of flex and resonance.

 

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CMStorm is one of the companies that will take the extra steps of cleaning the PCB after soldering. This may not be a huge deal, but there are articles about residue causing resistance issues.

 

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To allow the Rapid-i to take on more features than the standard TKLs out there, CMStorm employed the use of this Holtek HT32F1755 ARM Cortex M3 32-bit MCU, and that should be more than capable of handling the needs of the Rapid-i.

 

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Since the iconography is already white, with bright lights in the booth, it is tough to make out the "gamer mode" (as we will call it) where just the WASD cluster, and the arrow keys are currently lit.

 

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The other modes of illumination involve motion, and they are a bit tough to show in images as a result, so what we have now is the QuickFire Rapid-i in its last mode, full illumination.

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