Cooler Master has just announced their latest keyboard, and this one isn’t in the “CM Storm” lineup. It’s a straight up Cooler Master branded board with a more subtle aesthetic, and the unique feature they are touting is an active LED mode that leaves a trail of light after pressing each key. This is similar to what you can do with Deck keyboards (a review of which is coming soon). In fact, they tout the “32 bit ARM processor” quite heavily in their press material, and that’s exactly what Deck keyboards use (in the form of the Nuvoton NUC123 ARM Cortex)
Other than that, it looks like a standard 80% Tenkeyless layout, with a media layer and macro functions. The keys are laser etched and most likely ABS plastic. It has full N-key rollover in USB mode, and they say that it comes with “Quiet and Tactile Mechanical Switches” which could mean it is only available with Cherry MX Brown switches (which are the most common switch to fit the description). It is possible that they are using non-Cherry branded switches – usually when a board uses them, they will say it specifically since it is a highly marketable brand when it comes to this kind of product. We have reached out to Cooler Master to see if we could get this cleared up.
The Quick Fire Rapid-i isn’t out yet, and a price has not been announced. They have set up a sign up page to be notified of availability. They do say that it is intended for the North American market only. That page also features an animation that shows off the lighting trail effect when you mouse over the keys.
Update: The Quick Fire Rapid-i will use Cherry MX Brown switches, at least initially, and will cost $150 MSRP when it comes out on April 13.