Techgage reviewed Cooler Master’s QuickFire Rapid mechanical keyboard more than two years ago, and it impressed us then. Apparently a solidly-built keyboard endowed with Cherry MX switches wasn’t enough for certain segments of the company’s customer base, since they demanded a plank with the same build quality and 10 key-less form factor as the original QF Rapid, and sophisticated lighting effects and the ability to program individual keys for new game- and application-specific commands as well.
Cooler Master has responded with its new Quickfire Rapid-I. Endowed with what the company is calling “ActivLite Technology,” the QF Rapid-I is much more than just a normal QF Rapid with full illumination. ActivLite gives users the ability to enjoy five modes of illumination, and at five different brightness levels. A 32-bit ARM processor and onboard memory are the secret behind the QF Rapid-I’s capabilities. The onboard memory also allows users to store different ActivLite settings on the keyboard, as well.
As of yet, Cooler Master has not yet disclosed pricing or availability information for the QuickFire Rapid-I. However, it has set up a micro-site for people who want to be notified of availability as early as possible.