The Quickfire Rapid-I is the successor to the Quickfire Rapid. It’s a fully mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue, Brown, and Red switches, mounted on a metal backplate. Its main appeal is backlighting with different lighting modes and illumination levels, powered by an ARM processor, allowing for modifications such as playing snake. Another notable feature is repeat rate tweaking. Other than this, it is fairly standard with multi-media keys and windows-key locking. Overall, the Rapid-I is a good all-around keyboard with backlighting and a plain design for a reasonable price of $135.
(Above: The original Rapid-I).
CM’s Quickfire Rapid-SI appears to be nearly identical to the Rapid-I, with the key difference being in the keycaps. While the Quickfire Rapid-I has normal keycaps that have the legends on the top of the keys, the Rapid-SI has side-printed keycaps (pointed toward the user). This allows the top of the keycaps to be free of legends, while still having legends on the sides, for those who can’t touch type the entire keyboard. Personally, I think side-printed keycaps are very useful, as they do look clean, while allowing use of legends.
This new board looks to be a good addition to Cooler Master’s keyboard lineup, since the Rapid-I has been missing its stealth counterpart. So long as it is priced around the current price of the regular Rapid-I, at $135, I think the Rapid-SI will be a good choice to many who prefer side printed keycaps.
The release date of the Quickfire Rapid-SI is currently unknown.
- Michael "The Bear" Kerns.