Those who don’t know CM Storm are a subdivision of Cooler Master that usually manufactures PC Cases. CM Storm is focused on gaming peripherals, and this is one of the first keyboards they have made. Therefore I wanted to test this keyboard out before bringing you this review.
The Keyboard itself, you will first notice, has no Numpad; this is because they say it is more comfortable for your mouse to sit in that location. I don’t mind that it has no keypad, but it comes down to personal preference. The next thing you will notice and what makes this keyboard shine is the Mechanical Switches; as explained in previous keyboard reviews, it provides different tactical feedback. I am reviewing the Cherry MX Blue, which is more my preference for FPS and RTS, but a drawback is that it’s quite loud; if you want a more silent option, the Black would be the best bet. Depending on your region, you can get either Black, Brown or Blue switches which are good for personal choice.
Underneath the keyboard is an easy channel for routing your USB Cable to keep things neat but one thing to note is that the provided cable is very short. This isn’t a huge issue as the cable itself is removable, but I would like a longer cable by another metre.
The QuickFire Rapid also comes with removable keys to customise your keyboard. You can change the WASD keys as well as a few others. The keyboard itself has a nice rubber coating which I love, and the font used on the keys is quite appealing.
Overall, the keyboard performs quite well, but it is targeted at gamers, it needs to have backlight illumination PERIOD. I think that backlighting has become a standard and should be offered in future revisions. I believe the keyboard offers solid tactical feedback and feels it could stand up to a beating, which I think is great considering BF3 has just been released.
The keyboard can be picked up for AUD 99 from most online retailers. If you take your keyboard around a lot, then it might be a good choice, but there are a lot of other keyboards nowadays for the $99 price point; my advice would be to look at each on their own merits and pick from there. However, the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid does do what it says it will do, and you won’t be disappointed with your purchase. I give this keyboard a 7/10 Stars.