Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid-i Keyboard Review

When you find a great gaming keyboard, the difficulties of transportation often rear their ugly head and prevent you from taking your favorite with you, leaving you to find a cheap imitation to bring ‘on the road’. Cooler Master’s CM Storm division has attempted to tackle this issue for hard core gamers and programmers with the Rapid-i Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

At the time of the writing of this review, the Rapid-i keyboard was listed on for $125.00, US.

Before we get into some of the features that define this entry into the ‘take it with you’ market of keyboards, let’s take a look at some of the specifcations from the Cooler Master website.


Model number SGK-4040-GKCL1(Blue switch)
SGK-4040-GKCM1(Brown switch)
SGK-4040-GKCR1(Red switch)
Key Switch Type CHERRY MX Blue, Brown, Red
Availability may vary by region
Backlight White LED on all models
All keys
5 brightness levels
5 lighting modes
Interface USB 2.0
Key Rollover N-Key
Polling Rate 1000 Hz / 1ms
Keycaps ABS, Grip Coated
On-board Memory 128KB
Media Keys F-Key Media Control
Repeat Rate Control
Windows Key Lock Yes
Connector Cable Removable Micro-USB 2.0
Braided (bend 90 degrees)
1.8 m / 70.9 inch
Dimensions L x W x H 359 x 138 x 39 mm
14.1 x 5.4 x 1.5 in
Weight 932 g / 2.05 lbs
Packaged Dimensions 373(L)*183(W) *46(H) mm
14.9(L) *7.2(W) * 1.8(H) inch
Packaged Weight 1240g / 2.73 lbs
Warranty 2 years
Accessories Keycap Puller

Let’s go take a look at the keyboard and what comes with it.

Coming up next ….. Page 2: Layout.

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