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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QuickFire Pro Impressions

Before we get too far into this section, please note that there are FOUR versions of the QuickFire Pro. The one reviewed here today is the one using Cherry Brown switches. The other four are as follows. Be sure to pay attention to the product numbers before making a purchasing decision.

SGK-4010-GKCC1 (CHERRY Black)
SGK-4010-GKCL1 (CHERRY Blue)
SGK-4010-GKCM1 (CHERRY Brown)

Turning our attention to the QuickFire Pro you can instantly see that unlike the Rapid, it is a typical-sized keyboard and boasts a design which has been heavily influenced by the Storm Trigger. In some crucial areas, the QuickFire Pro can be considered a refinement on the Storm Trigger but it does tend to lack some features. While it does eschew the use of dedicated multimedia keys, there is a handy dedicated lock key to ensure the Windows button can’t be engaged while in the middle of a gaming session.

There are also four ‘on the fly’ polling response rate keys which allow changing of the polling rate from 1ms (1000Hz) to 2ms (500Hz), 4 (250Hz) or even 8ms (125Hz). However, for gamers the most important feature of the Pro is its n-key rollover feature which allows its onboard hardware to continually scan each individual key. This allows for an extremely high degree of accuracy in every situation.

Much like the Storm Trigger, the QuickFire Pro also has variable backlight options and while the entire keyboard can’t be lit up like a red Christmas tree, Cooler Master has included an FPS centric lighting option. This was absolutely perfect during testing as it allowed us to find the right keys with a high degree of accuracy in even the darkest of environments.

The laser engraved keys themselves are also very similar in appearance to those on the Storm Trigger. Unfortunately, this means all the issues we ran into with the Trigger’ typing abilities are alive and well with this model. Simply put, the key caps themselves are small – both narrow in depth and width – and extremely concave. This combination leads to a severe degree of typing inaccuracy due to either slippage or fingers hitting between keys. Within a few hours we did learn to overcome this issue by slowing down and approaching typing with a much more deliberate approach. However, for anyone used to rubber dome keyboards or other mechanical units, the Pro will pose a rather steep learning curve.

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