• Pros:
  • Cherry MX Keys
  • Anti-ghosting
  • Replaceable keycaps
  • Cons:
  • Lacks most features

Press All The Keys!

Let it be known that Cherry MX keys, that precious component behind the recent rise of mechanical gaming keyboards in the market, is not a new technology. First seen in IBM model-M keyboards a couple of decades or so ago, mechanical keyboards seem to have been all the rage again amongst geeks and gamers alike. With this, the CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid aims to be one of the frontrunners of the market.

Unlike most gaming keyboards, the first thing you’ll notice about the Quick Fire Rapid is that it’s missing a numpad. The overall minimalist design also means that the keyboard only takes up a small amount of space on your already messy table.

Also unlike a number of gaming keyboards is the fact that the Quick Fire Rapid is a barebones keyboard, with only a few multimedia keys sharing the same keys as the function keys. By now, you would probably be asking: “what makes this particular keyboard different from the rest?”

The answer lies in the Cherry MX Black keys. With it as the spring mechanism, the tactile feedback makes typing very comfortable and enjoyable. The fact that you don’t need to press the keys all the way to register an input means that there is less force needed to type, meaning that finger fatigue is reduced.

The sturdy design means that not only is the keyboard more than capable of taking abuse from the constant smashing of the keys, its anti-ghosting capabilities mean that it can register any and all of your key presses, regardless of how many of them you press at one go. Great for rhythm game fans.

Another deal clincher for the Quick Fire Rapid is that the keycaps are replaceable for easy cleaning. You can even swap them for the provided red WASD keys, especially useful for FPS gamers.

CHIP CONCLUDE : If you’re in the market for a mechanical keyboard, but don’t want to spend the kind of money one usually needs to for one, the CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid is the way to go. It’s still slightly more expensive than the typical keyboard you can get outside, but it’s longevity means that you’ll be using this guy for the next few years, if not more.

(previously published on issue February 2012)