In the world of keyboards, there is a huge price range depending on what you are looking to get out of the keyboard and the overall quality. With mechanical keyboards, Cooler Master has done a great job of bridging the gap between lower end keyboards and the enthusiast grade keyboards. They have been able to provide options that are priced well, but still have most of the quality and features of the most expensive models. One of the glaring holes in their lineup though has been in the tenkeyless market. Their Quickfire Rapid lineup has been extremely popular, but they haven’t had a model with backlighting. They have finally introduced a model to fill that gap and today I have the chance to take a look at it and see how it performs. Considering the Quickfire Rapid has been in our LAN bag and on our test bench for years now, I have extremely high expectations for the Quickfire Rapid-I.

Product Name: Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid-I

Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

Model number

SGK-4040-GKCL1(Blue switch)

SGK-4040-GKCM1(Brown switch)

SGK-4040-GKCR1(Red switch)

Key Rollover

NKRO (Windows only)

Keycaps

ABS, grip coated, removable

Polling Rate

1000 Hz/1ms

Backlight

All White, All keys, 5 settings and 5 modes

Windows Key Lock

Yes

On-board Memory

128k bytes

Media Keys

Yes (via F keys)

Interface

Micro USB 2.0, full speed

USB cable

1.8m braided, gold plated and removable

Dimensions

35.9(L) *13.8(W) *3.9(H) cm

14.1(L) *5.4(W) *1.5(H) inch

Weight

932 g / 2.05 lbs

 

Posted: 6 months 1 week ago by Plague #34965
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wow, that is smart... I didn't give them that much credit. :)
Posted: 6 months 1 week ago by garfi3ld #34960
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actually they make LED covers that work amazingly with white LEDs and you can swap them out to other colors as needed

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Posted: 6 months 1 week ago by Plague #34959
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if you took all the keys off, you could color the white backplate and make it another color, the keys would still be white, but the glow would be something else. Might be interesting.
Posted: 6 months 1 week ago by trgtprctc #34958
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Very cool lighting modes. I would prefer back lighting other than white, though.
Posted: 6 months 1 week ago by garfi3ld #34957
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You guys need to check out Cooler Masters new Quickfire Rapid-I, today I took a look at it. I think you will dig it!

 

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