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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

Packaging, Accessories and Documentation




The packaging is mostly black, with just a splash of grey at the bottom, allowing for most of the front panel to show the fully illuminated Rapid-i. Along with the naming at the top and bottom, there are five features listed to the right, including the Cherry MX switches, LED lighting, NKRO, LED management, and ActiveLite.




To go along with the design we just looked at, even the smaller side panel carries the grey bit at the bottom, but this time, just the Cooler Master and CMStorm naming and logos are presented here.




Most of this side of the box is covered with twenty-one ways of saying "this is the QuickFire Rapid-i mechanical keyboard," and "visit the website to find out more about it." At the very end, we find out that this keyboard is ready to go with all current, and some EOL versions of Windows. The serial number is also present here.




With an off angled image of the Rapid-I to the left, the right is open to list features again, this time including repeat rate adjustment, the feel and styling, multi-media keys, and the detachable cable. The bottom repeats the full list from above in various languages.




The last side of the packaging offers the QuickFire Rapid-i naming running one way. The sticker at the right is turned, but we can see that this is the GKCL1 (Cherry MX Blue) for U.S. and Canada only.




After breaking a pair of security seals, we lifted the top of the box to peer inside. Here we find cardboard at the back containing the wiring and key puller. The rest of the interior is then taken up by the Rapid-i that is wrapped in a thin foam envelope. With the doubled sides, and the fact that the thick cardboard spacer at the back keeps the board locked in place, our Rapid-i showed up in terrific condition.




After the keyboard is out of the box, you can pick out the spacer at the back, tip it to one end, and the cable and key puller should fall right out. The cable is gold plated on both connections, and braided over its length, but does not feature a Velcro tie strap. As for the puller, it is the standard model we have seen with all other CMStorm boards.




Under the keyboard, you will find a Function key guide for all of the secondary functions incorporated in the various keys. The guide is repeated on another insert in Chinese; I am guessing there is a separate Chinese insert since that is where the keyboard is made. Along with those, you will also find a User Guide.




Really, this is what the User Guide offers; the rest of the guide repeats this information as many languages as they could fit. This side lists the features again, and the opposing side offers specs, requirements, and information on the two-year warranty.

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