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Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

  • Mechanical Switches
  • Compact and Ergonomic Tenkeyless Form Factor
  • Full White LED Backlight
  • ActivLite Technology
  • Responsive Lighting Effects Upon Keypress
  • Individual Key Lighting Across 4 Profiles
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  • Justin O.
  • 10/18/2014 12:09:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: Solid and dense. Very bright LED's

Cons: Weird micro angled USB cable, does not inform the users that there are firmwares updates and it is almost impossible to find and download the firmware from the site, it did not take long for unplugging and re-plugging the usb cable to get VERY ANNOYING FOR 140.00 keyboard. The media keys stopped working now i need to contact them. Well the volume media keys still work but for some reason out of the blue the play/pause, stop, forward and back stopped working. and when i do press the play media key, i see the sand clock on my computer screen and hang as if it's trying to do the key command. I'm already updated to latest firmware and tried multiple ports in the front, going to plug in the back ports see if it makes a difference.

Other Thoughts: firmware updates are stupid and gimmicky, give me a useful firmware update to resolve this dumb cable issue and now for the media keys not working, unplugging and re-plugging the cable every sleep to cold start, media keys stopped working after 3 months of use, too expensive, look else where for a keyboard in this price range. Only reason i bought this keyboard was because the Ducky keyboard wasn't available at the time of my purchase. Too much hassle for a $140.00 keyboard. If it's a smooth resolve i will change my overall view on Coolermaster

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  • Serdar A.
  • 10/9/2014 3:22:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPrevious Review was Edited

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: See previous below.

Cons: See previous below.

Other Thoughts: For some reason my previous review right below this was edited or scrambled when I published it. Thank you CoolerMaster for responding when I said "COOLERMASTER FIX IT!!"

However, the reason I said to fix it was because the keyboard does not recognize EVERY time you boot up. 100% of the time at Windows login (Win7), I have to unplug the USB and plug it back in for it to recognize. CoolerMaster offered an RMA however that will not solve anything. I have used different USB port, different cable, different computer. The problem is the keyboard's firmware. This is a common problem on the CoolerMaster forums. Their newest firmware adds new LED patterns (whooptie doo) but not a fix for this issue. I stand by my original comment in saying to purchase a different mechanical keyboard. VERY annoying.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/6/2014 6:02:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: High quality manufacturing quality. Texture and feel is great on both the keys and the base. it's a perfect size without the numeric keypad as i dislike overly large keyboards with a bunch of useless keys such as the Corsair. The brown switches feel excellent and the responsiveness is perfect. The white LED backlighting with the different modes work flawlessly.

Cons: FIX IT COOLERMASTER!!!! I cant even get into BIOS without using a simple Rosewill keyboard (whom have WAY better support for theur customers by the way). Thinking back, I should have bought the Rosewill mechanical keyboard. Other thought? Buy the Rosewill, not this one.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having issues with your keyboard and using it for your BIOS. A couple things to check, try starting it with another USB port and if possible, check using another cable. Something else to double check if this issue repeats on another computer and if you still have the same problem. We can help replace this keyboard for you. If it does not repeat, you may need to contact your motherboard manufacturer about upgrading your firmware or contacting them for a solution as well.

Yet, here is the RMA information. I have provided the link below to our FanZone and an RMA instructional link. I would recommend having your serial number and a photo of your purchase receipt. Register your product and then you can apply for an RMA under MY PRODUCTS. We will approve your request. Once you receive your RMA number, write it clearly on the shipping box to help expedite the process.

If you have any further comments or questions, please let me know by calling 888.624.5099 or use the livechat/ticket links within Fanzone.

Respectfully,

Robert N.
CMUSA Support

P.S.
If you would like to commit to an Advance RMA where we authorize a cross shipment, please complete the following steps. Make sure you have your RMA number ready, call us at 888-624-5099.

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  • Daniel Z.
  • 9/18/2014 7:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid keyboard, gimmicky light settings...

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: Excellent small form factor and minimalist design. The satin feel of the keyboard body is great. L-cord USB on the right is perfect for my setup with my tower to the right. ActiveLite trailing keys are cool until the novelty wears off. Adjustable brightness of lighted keys is five levels so you will probably find your sweet spot with that.

Cons: I love the full key lighting for general use and being able to program essential keys for particular games. As a small "Con" though I find the lighting effect settings a bit gimmicky. The active light thing, for instance, is best experienced by someone else watching you type. I would love having that effect during gaming with my essential keys already lit. Maybe I can make a suggestion that they can upgrade the firmware so that the ActiveLite feature would work with keys already lit, possibly boosting them from their default brightness setting to high for the effect.

Other Thoughts: The keyboard is a joy to type on and the individually lit keys make computer use in the dark easier and more aesthetic.

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  • Robert D.
  • 7/18/2014 6:09:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Keyboard

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: The keyboards Brown Switches are very smooth and the keys are very responsive when I am typing or when I am gaming. Cool Master really makes some nice keyboards.

Cons: Got no complaints works like a charm!

Other Thoughts: I think if they were to change anything, they should have just made a option to actually rethink the micro usb and should just make it a straight micro usb.

The right micro USB does make it look a little weird but I am not really complaining.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/2/2014 9:57:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsRapid-I TKL = Typing and Illumination Heaven

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: True NKRO as advertised (tested with anti-ghosting software). The use of Cherry MX switches opposed to the cheaper "knock-off" Khail switches which some companies like Razer and Tt eSports are implementing into their 2014 keyboard. The overall build of the keyboard feels really sturdy with no flex. It is obviously a Ten-Keyless (ABS Keycap) Keyboard which employs a much appreciated minimalistic design. It also has a good weight to it. It actually feels a little heavier than my SteelSeries 6V2 TK keyboard, which is a plus. Retractable feet on the bottom of the keyboard are rubberized and the keyboard DOES NOT slide around on the desktop while typing or gaming. The black matte finish on the keyboard gives the keys a good grip and it does not tend to attract fingerprints, sweat, oil, etc. from the hands as some other keyboards tend to do. The illumination is superb and! The white LED illumination reserves the keyboards minimalistic look when it comes to backlighting and it has 4 brightness settings ranging from dim to extremely bright. I do favor “minimal” design keyboards versus flashy lights RGB’s, green and blue backlighting etc. So backlighting is never a selling point for me, but the illumination on this Rapid-I is SWEET. There are also different pre-set LED “modes” that can be assigned. LED Breathing, illumination when key is actuated, WASD cluster plus arrow key cluster illumination, and a mode that maintains illumination of the key when actuated for a second or two. You also have the option of recording your own pre-set illumination configs. I believe you are allowed a total of four configs. Firmware V.116 is also available for download which boasts a smoother breathing mode and another pre-set mode called “Cross Fire” on the Cooler Master USA website. While the Rapid-I doesn’t possess as many illumination options as the Ducky Shine models, I would agree that the Rapid-I is right on par with the Ducky keyboards performance wise. Although I don't use the 'rapid" features (1x, 2x,4x, 8x) to my advantage as of yet, it seems applicable I am assuming, just trying to figure out in what? I use my keyboard for both gaming and typing and found the feature to be pretty just that...a feature. But I wouldn't consider this a con. Some users looking for this model rapid keyboard may purchase strictly because of the rapid feature. So a pro it is...for now..

Cons: The USB port is located on the right side of the keyboard and connects to a braided L-shaped mini USB. While I love this keyboard the USB location and the use of an L-shaped mini USB baffles me. I am not sure why CM Storm decided to go this route. I manage all my peripheral cables to the left on my desk and this setup forces me to bend the cable to the left giving it a tacky and very noticeable appearance. I would of much rather preferred the USB location and cable management system that is on the CM Storm Quickfire Stealth TKL models. I also own a CM QFR Pro with brown switches and I like the tactile feeling of that spacebar more opposed to the spacebar on the Rapid-I. While the Rapid-I’s spacebar is totally functional and responsive, it just sounds a little more dampened than what I am used to on using MX Brown switches. *********Please CM if you are reading this, send a straight USB cable my way please. I will be more than happy to exchange my L-Shaped USB for a straight no-frills USB cable. **********

Other Thoughts: So if you are looking for an ergonomic TKL keyboard that packs performance and superb illumination while maintaining a “minimalistic look”, then pick up the Rapid-I. This keyboard is so good in my opinion; I may even get this keyboard in MX Blues when they are available.

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5 out of 5 eggsJUST WHAT I WANTED!

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: Excellent build quality, solid!

The font used on the keys is big, clean, evenly lit, and quickly readable.

The secondary symbols are even lit, but dimmer so they appear grey.

The media keys are on the "delete cluster" buttons which is better than
having them on the function keys like most keyboards.

Normally I wouldn't care but the finish on the board really does feel nice.

The backlighting modes are fun, and somewhat useful.

Cons: Ok here is why I'm even writing a review in the first place because I'm absolutely baffled by this. The cord is detachable and connects to the board via micro usb... cool for transporting it around a lot I guess, but for some reason the micro usb female end is on the back right side of the keyboard instead of the center... that's not a big deal even if it is a bit unusual, but the male connector has a 90 degree right angle on it and when plugged in it ends up pointing the cord to the right, beyond the edge of the keyboard!

Why!? just why? Isn't 90 percent of the population right handed and Cooler Master is just pointing the cord in the way of the mouse? Luckily (although not for my wallet) I could and did just buy another braided micro usb cord with a straight connector from a certain jungle themed online retailer, and it works just the same, and doesn't bug me. However the board itself is still good enough to not take off a star for this. I just hope Cooler Master is listening.

One other thing: Price, the original QFR gained popularity through its lower price point but this is still fairly low for the back lit competition.

Other Thoughts: I had the Quickfire Rapid already, brown keys. I liked it for the no-frills, solid typing and gaming experience it provided... BUT, coming from a keyboard with a backlight before that, I just couldn't handle finding keys in dark or even just dim conditions.

Then I find out Cooler Master is wisely making back lit versions of thier popular QuickFire keyboards, and just my luck, the one with the white back lighting (my color theme) has Cherry MX browns (my preferred switches)!

I jumped on it!

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  • Alexander J.
  • 5/16/2014 11:48:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality Keyboard

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: This is actually the first mechanical keyboard I've ever owned and I have to say I definitely prefer typing on this over chiclet keys. My last keyboard was the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard. Upon first inspection, this keyboard says quality, and it should at $150. It has a great weight and size to it. I wanted the Brown keys so the noise will not bother me, and happily I barely notice the sound. Sure, it's noisier than a chiclet keyboard, but just a little. The removable Micro-USB cord is a great feature that I think all keyboards should have. The cable is high quality - braided cable with gold-plated connectors. To sum up, I really think this keyboard is as near-perfect as I've ever seen.

Cons: Angled cable connector doesn't work so well when your PC is to the left of the keyboard. You have to press the FN to use media keys, I wish there was some way to function lock.

Other Thoughts: Newegg shipping was awsome. $1.99 and it got here like the next day. I live in Phoenix, though.

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  • Ian R.
  • 4/29/2014 9:50:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: If you love mechanical keyboards this is a must buy. Being the new version of the QuickFire Rapid you can't really go wrong with the reliability and build quality.

CoolerMaster did a few things that people will like. They removed logos from the face of the board so it keeps a nice clean look, backlit keys with a nice bright white leds, solid case. CoolerMaster also made the case with a smooth, matte type finish. I wasn't sure how much I would like this at first but it grew on me and I wish all my keyboards had it.

The backlighting gives you near full control of what you want to do with it. You have your standard full lit board, breathing, instant reactive lighting, fps mode, and the new ActivLite which is the focus of this board. ActivLite is just like reactive lighting except it delays after your fingers so you can see where you type afterwards. It leaves a really nice effect after typing quite a bit.

Cons: Only brown switches at launch

Other Thoughts: Overall solid board. You might debate it at the price but it is a major step up from the previous QuickFire Rapids.

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  • Oliver N.
  • 4/24/2014 10:22:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsYou want this keyboard, Trust me, it will change your life.

This review is from: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with ActivLite Technology and Per-Key Lighting Profiles (White LED/Brown Switch Model)

Pros: This keyboard is an excellent follow up to the Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid. Of the new features it sports, is a white backlight in which each individual key is backlit. This is a prerequisite for the awesome lighting profiles and lighting macros/profiles it supports. The keyboard features several preset lighting modes, in which are as follows, WASD + Arrow keys only, Full Backlight, Breathing mode (repeatedly fades on and off, think the sleep LED on an Apple laptop), two modes for lighting only the keys that have been pressed (one of which lights when pressed, and turns off when depressed quickly. The other is the same principle as before but with a slight delay where the light slowly dims and turns off when the key is depressed).

In addition to the preprogrammed lighting modes, this can support four lighting profiles/macros that you can set (the M1-M4 keys). Basically with this, you can program which keys you want lit four games or applications. This is all done on the keyboard and no extra software is needed. The profiles are kept in memory as well, even if the keyboard is disconnected from the computer. The lighting modes and profiles are made possible by an ARM Cortex CPU and memory in the keyboard.

The lighting also can be controlled in how bright or dim you want it, as well of course turning the light off completely.

The keyboard also features customizable key repeat rates, which are switchable from normal, 2x, 4x, and 8x. Even though I don’t think I will use this feature a ton, it is a great feature to have. I can see it useful for people who need to have a key spammed really fast for some reason. Potentially could help someone clear text from a document or text field really quickly as an alternative to selecting all and pressing delete.

The keyboard also features all the usual great features that were implemented on the original Quick Fire Rapid. Features including mechanical key switches (this particular model, Cherry MX Browns; which are tactile and silent when pressed). This keyboard also has media keys, such as play/pause, stop, next and previous track, as well as volume controls. The windows key can be enabled and disabled with the FN+Print Screen key. The USB cable is also detachable, and can be replaced if needed (I doubt one would need to replace the USB cable as it is a high quality braided design). The USB cable is a standard Micro-B design like that found on Android Cell phones.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that this keyboard doesn’t seem to work with the legacy PS/2 keyboard port with an USB to PS/2 adapter. The box or paper work for this keyboard did not mention it supporting PS/2 nor did it come with an adapter. When I tried it, I borrowed the adapter from my old QFR.

I suspect PS/2 does not work with this keyboard because of the ARM Cortex. This is honestly not a deal breaker for me though, and I would rather have the awesome new lighting features then legacy PS/2 support. This con is the only con I can think of in my time using this, and is NOT a deal breaker for me.

Other Thoughts: I think at $149.99 this keyboard is a great value for what it provides. The built in cool lighting effects and customizable profiles are really awesome. Customizable key repeat rate is an added bonus as well. And to top it all off, they brought all the prior features such as media keys, windows key disabling, Cherry MX key switches, and removable USB cable make this a awesome value. I have honestly made this my daily driver keyboard, and have shelved my original QFR to use this new QFR-i. And this is even with the slight set back of lack of PS/2 support for me. I cannot recommend this keyboard enough.

I give it 42 out of 5 stars. ;)

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