Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid

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Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid
QuickFire Rapid2.jpg
Part number (US ANSI & Spanish ISO variations):
- SGK-4000-GKCL1-US (Blue)
- SGK-4000-GKCC1-US (Black)
- SGK-4000-GKCM1-US (Brown)
- SGK-4000-GKCR1-US (Red)
- SGK-4000-GKCG1-US (Green)
- SGK-4000-GKCM1-SP (Brown, ISO Spanish)
Branding CM Storm QuickFire Rapid
Manufacturer Cooler Master
Product family CM Storm QuickFire TKL
Features Detachable braided cable, Windows Lock gaming mode, media keys, extra keycaps with puller
Layouts ANSI, ISO Spanish, UK, German, Nordic and others
Keyswitches Cherry MX switches: black, red, green, blue, brown
Switch mount Plate mount
Interface USB and PS/2 (via included adapter)
Rollover NKRO (PS/2), 6KRO (USB)
Dimensions 355 x 135 x 35 mm /
13.9 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
Weight 940 g / 2.1 lbs
Price $60 – $100


The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid is a tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard from Cooler Master.

It was branded under Cooler Master's now defunct brand "CM Storm" under its "QuickFire" line of mechanical keyboards.

It had gained popularity partly because it was much less expensive compared to other TKL keyboards with similar specifications from other brands, e.g., Ducky or Filco.


The bottom surface has three channels for cable management (back, left and right).

The 'Rapid' comes standard with a braided, detachable, USB-to-mini-USB cable (about 6 feet long) with gold-plated connectors. The polling rate is 1000 Hz / 1 ms. The bottom has rear (non-rubberized) standoffs and four rubber feet.

The keycaps are made of black ABS plastic which are laser-etched with white infill in a futuristic font.

Media-wise, it has basic media keys (volume-up, down, mute, play/pause, forward, back and media stop), activated as secondary functions (Fn) on the top row (F5 to F12).

For gamers, it has a Windows key disable/lock key which lights red when activated (Fn+F9) in the same fashion as the CAPS LOCK and SCR LK keys. This "lock" prevents accidental activation of the Windows key when gaming (which would take you out to the Windows menu in the middle of a game).

The locking keys (CAPS LOCK, SCR LK, and the Windows key lock/disable under the F9 key) have LED windows and red LED backlighing.

The keyboard comes with extras:

  • 4 red-colored WASD keys suitable for FPS gaming, with directional arrows etched on top and "WASD" letters etched of the front side.
  • 2 black "Windows" keys with Cooler Master's "round logo", replacing the "WIN" keys.
  • A Ring Type keycap puller tool.
  • A passive USB-to-PS/2 adapter.


There is a side-printed variant called the "QuickFire Stealth".

When the keyboard was first introduced in 2012, it had a grey rubbery coating with an abundance of logos, for which the Cooler Master had been heavily ridiculed in media and in the keyboard and gaming communities. For 2013, Cooler Master removed most of the previous year's branding logos, except for a "CM STORM" which faces to the back of the keyboard, behind the ESC key.

Rapid keyboards with Cherry MX Black switches have a grey case, while keyboards with other switches have a black case. Both top covers are for sale as extras on Cooler Master's web site. Exclusive for the Rapid with the Cherry MX Red, the backplate is painted in red where other variations are black.

It is available in QWERTY ANSI (US) layout and in several ISO-standard layouts, but not all switch variations are available in all layouts. A variation with Cherry MX Green has only been available in US-ANSI layout.


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