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



Model number

SGK-4040-GKCL1(Blue switch)

SGK-4040-GKCM1(Brown switch)

SGK-4040-GKCR1(Red switch)

Key Rollover

NKRO (Windows only)


ABS, grip coated, removable

Polling Rate

1000 Hz/1ms


All White, All keys, 5 settings and 5 modes

Windows Key Lock


On-board Memory

128k bytes

Media Keys

Yes (via F keys)


Micro USB 2.0, full speed

USB cable

1.8m braided, gold plated and removable


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

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


932 g / 2.05 lbs


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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #34957 06 Jun 2014 17:58
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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trgtprctc replied the topic: #34958 07 Jun 2014 12:22
Very cool lighting modes. I would prefer back lighting other than white, though.
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Plague replied the topic: #34959 08 Jun 2014 02:51
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.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #34960 08 Jun 2014 03:43
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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Plague replied the topic: #34965 08 Jun 2014 23:56
wow, that is smart... I didn't give them that much credit. :)

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