The Quick Fire Rapid – With Cherry Red Switches!
I’ve got to say, getting used to the feel of mechanical switches after using rubber domes for years was really weird. It’s hard to explain without actually using these keys yourself, but the Reds are very light and very springy. Because I’m using a significantly lighter amount of force to actuate my keys, I can type or game now for longer sessions without my fingers tiring out. I used to only be able to get through a page of straight typing before having to flex my fingers from fatigue, but now once I’ve finished grinding through one on the Quick Fire, I’m ready for another five, or even ten pages!
The lack of a Num Pad only puzzled me for the first few days. I can’t count the number of times where I’d try to hit ‘Enter’ to go to the next page, wonder why my webpage wasn’t loading, and then looking down to see that I was tapping on empty space!
Perhaps the biggest caveat that I have with the Quick Fire (if you could even call it a caveat) is that the LEDs for Caps Lock and Scroll Lock are just a little too bright. I just need a little indicator light telling me if I have either one engaged, not a blinding red LED that’s screaming into my peripheral vision.
But other than that, I’ve been having the time of my life using this board since the day I pulled it out of the box. What’s especially satisfying, besides the overall feel of typing, are the mechanical clicks that occur with each stroke. Each click is so powerful, so commanding, so manly. I know that I don’t need to hit these keys as hard to type, but I do type a little harder than I probably should just to hear the clickity-clack of my fingers flying across the keys.
So if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard optimized for gaming on the cheaper end of the spectrum – $80 for Blue/Black/Brown MX switches, $90 for the Reds – look no further than the Quick Fire Rapid.
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