Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid & QuickFire Pro Review

Author: AkG
Date: October 15, 2012
Product Name: QuickFire Rapid & QuickFire Pro
Part Number: SGK-4010-GKCM1 / SGK-4000-GKCL1
Warranty: 2 Years
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Packaging & Accessories

Much like the Storm Trigger, the Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Pro and Rapidís packaging has received the deluxe treatment. While the size difference between the two QuickFire models is extreme, the amount of information covering both boxes is still substantial. Theyíre also quite eye-catching.

When it comes to the accessories which accompany these two new keyboards, the list has also received a significant overhaul from previous designs. While you lose the wrist rest from the Storm Trigger, there is also a key puller and -in the case of the QuickFire Rapid- replacement red keys which are more gaming oriented.

Unfortunately, neither model comes with or makes use of a software enhancement suite. In practical terms this means a lack of dedicated macro keys and an inability to create, store or even execute any macros without resorting to third party software. This is a significant reduction in capabilities compared to the Storm Trigger which not only has macro options aplenty but can carry them out via its onboard processor. As we have said in the past, gaming keyboards live and die by their extra features, and for most gaming enthusiasts macros and custom key remapping are significant features that will certainly be missed. Granted, we canít expect miracles from any sub-$100 keyboard but a minimal software suite isnít too much to ask.

On the positive side, while these QuickFire keyboards may not have any additional USB ports, the replaceable USB cable from other Storm designs has been carried over. As an added benefit, the location of the mini-USB 2.0 cable port has been moved from the easy to damage rear to the underside with three cable channels built in to allow for rear, left and right cable orientations.

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