Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro PuLse

1 day after my CM Masterkeys Pro S got delivered I decided to install my PuLse SA keycaps on them. I don’t normally use the stock/oem keycaps that come with my keebs, I just try them out for a day or two after receiving the keyboard and put nice keysets on the board after that.

I think the set looks good on the keyboard. Only issue I have with the keyboard is the stabilizers, they SUCK!

Back to my roots Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro S

I recently sold my mx black quickfire rapid because I found a good deal for RGB TKL specifically the CM Masterkeys Pro S. I thought store prices from local shops in Malaysia was quite absurd. I tried going the Lazada way it was cheaper yeah but it was still way out of my budget. I decided to check the local online shop that started before Lazada even happend.. Lelong.com.my and I did find a very nice deal for the price including shipping. I could have driven and picked it up from the shop in Klang but decided I’de pay the extra 10 bucks which will still save me petrol and toll gate costs.

I have to say board feels nice but I still like how my 2 old quickfires looked specifically the top case. This one is a tad bit more lighter and also the feel is so much plastic unlike the old QFR’s. The cherry mx brown is quite nice though and the colors are good for an RGB board.

Like many others that I have read online, it seems like the keys on this keyboard have some small high pitched pinging sound. For my keyboard it would be the F1, F2 and F3 keys. I also dislike the stupid cherry stabilizers. It is not because I got used the costart stabilizers on my old QFR’s. I have a pok3r which uses the same cherry stabilizers and they do not feel as mushy as the one’s installed on the masterkeys. The pok3r stabs also feel much better and stable than the one’s on this keyboard. I did compare the stabilizers from this board with my Ganss GK87 pro keyboard and CM seriously needs to work on their stabilizer game if they want to compete with the growing mechanical keyboard market.

Another thing to note is the sound of the clacks on this keyboard. My pok3r 3 is on a tex aluminum case and it the clacks really sound solid. The clacks on the Masterkeys Pro S really sound different. It’s like the keyboard is so hollow inside. I tried to watch and read reviews about the keyboard online and most if not call of them fail to mention my qualms about the keyboard but all in all I like the board itself.

I also uploaded a video of the keyboard showing the Spectograph feature on youtube (see below) PS I cant finish the whole song so that youtube will not take out the audio.

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid on SA Carbon

Not sure if this works well but I think the color of the board matches the carbon or I might be wrong. I am thinking of repainting my board but still lazy right now considering I only want to change it because of the Carbon SA keycaps that I have while all the other keycap sets that I have matches the color on it right now. Any how if you are reading this you might want to give me suggestions about the color for the board to match the set. Thanks

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid on SA PuLse

I cycle thru my keycap collection from time to time. Last week I had this keeb for the rest of the week. Sharing how PuLse SA looked like on my custom painted board.

Quickfire Stealth with GMK Carbon

Hmmmm I am not sure about this combination. I transferred the GMK Carbon TKL set to my Quickfire Stealth with green switches and for some reason I am having a hard time typing fast with good accuracy. I can type fast but I observed that I would need to hit the backspace key more often than I should.

I think I am not for this Cherry profile and clicky switches combination. I did not have this issue when I had the set on my QFR with cherry mx blacks. I moved over the Taihao yellow/blue keycaps to my QFR and another strange thing is I am liking it and I like typing on that thing more than the greens with GMK.


I think I just realized something, I think I am more of a linear type of guy. I noticed during the time I went to buy my Taihao keycaps from a local gaming store they had the IKBC F87 RGB with cherry mx switches on display and I was able to try it out and man was it good. I like typing on that thing soft and the lights. I think I should get a board with Cherry MX Reds.

On a side note I am really getting addicted to this keycaps game and been surfing a lot for available rare keycaps… I just hope I did not dig a hole I cannot get out of but looking at the bright side if you get the keycaps they become more rare and valuable plus the value does not really go down but really goes up not unless ofcourse they manufacture the same color way again but I do not think they will in the near future. I heard SP, GMK or other manufacturer have been all booked probably until December of 2017 so who knows.

CM Quickfire Rapid + GMK Carbon Keycaps

I decided to install the GMK Carbon keycaps on my QFR board (the one I repainted a few months back).

For some reason the mods or dark colored caps show up as black in the photos but believe me they are really dark grey with orange legends. And I think orange, grey, blue go together.

The caps did considerably lessen the noise for my MX Blacks (well they were not really noisy to begin with) but because this are thick ABS the sound level actually went down compared to ABS keycaps. I posted a video (check my previous post) on how this board sounds like with OEM QFS ABS keycaps.

All in all I am happy with the puchase

Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid GMK Carbon

Sound Test: CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Cherry MX Greens

Before anything please remember that this is raw video/audio I did not edit anything and I just used my iphone 6 to take this video so it might not sound professional for everyone.

The thumbnail is the keyboard I used for this video

CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Cherry MX Green switches sound test. The keys do sound louder than the blues. It is definitely stiffer than the blues but it feels just about right not too soft not too hard. My Cherry MX Blacks in another video is stiffer than this so don’t get fooled by paper specifications you see online

I am using thick pbt keycaps.

Sound Test: CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Cherry MX Blacks

Before anything please remember that this is raw video/audio I did not edit anything and I just used my iphone 6 to take this video so it might not sound professional for everyone.

The thumbnail is the keyboard I used for this video

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Cherry MX Black switches sound test. Take note the keyboard is 5 years old and the switches have gone from stiff to stiffer now maybe due to the age.

I am using thick pbt keycaps I bought from Taobao

Cooler Master Quickfire Stealth Cherry MX Green

I was able to get myself the Cherry MX Green switches.. It is very hard to find around my area and to get one at a bargain price is really something uncommon.

Definitely the sound louder than the blues. My expectations about the resistance of the switches was correct it’s a tad bit harder than the blues but not really as stiff as the blacks. I just feels alright. I was able to test drive the board at work the whole day today and it feels great.

I had to move my side printed pbt’s to it and it looks just as nice. Stoked!!!

Full Album below

Cooler Master Quickfire Stealth Cherry MX Green

Repainting CM Storm Quickfire Rapid

Finally had the time to paint my CM Storm Quickfire Rapid top case. I had this all planned out when I ordered new keycaps from TaoBao but didn’t really had the time when the caps arrived. My QFR is already 4 years old and the top case and keys have seen much better days but the Cherry MX switches all still work fine though. My previous posts will show the condition of the top case if you guys would like to see.

Before I begin with the steps I took to paint my case, I would like to note that I am not preaching this as the only and perfect method. You are free to check other methods from other websites or youtube. With my experience with painting cars (no I do not paint it but I get to talk and work with some car painters) I tried to follow some methods used in car painting.

Another thing before I start with the steps. Please make sure to check on how to open up your mechanical keyboard since every keyboard is different. This will also void the warranty for your keyboard if it is still inside warranty. So only do this when you are sure you want to give up the warranty for your board.

If you want the specific steps go jump near the end of the post.

So here is my weapon of choice.

  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • 600 grit sandpaper
  • 1000 grit sandpaper
  • Plastic paint primer
  • Color paint
  • Top coat

So for this job I went with a base color instead of a plastic primer. Normally I would go with a plastic primer but it was hard to find one in my area, so I went ahead and got a flat white paint. The description says its a paint+primer which means this does not need any primer before application + I can use this as a base coat before I apply the main color that I want. I chose Samurai as my color paint and top coat because it was cheap and that is the only brand in my area that has the blue shade that I was looking for and it was also the only brand that had clear matte top coat.

When painting anything one of the things you will learn is that paint is only as good as your preparation. Do not hurry up things and do not cut corners if you don’t have to.

Here are samples of how it looks like after coats

Here are the steps I performed for this job

Note Please make sure to put masking tap on the inside part of the case making sure to cover up the tabs and the side. If not it will be hard for you to fit the top cover back to the base since the side will accumulate paint.

  1. Dismantle the top cover
  2. Wet sanded the top cover using 400 grit sandpaper. Careful not too put too much pressure. You want to make sure that the plastic does not get deformed.
  3. Finished off sanding using 600 grit sandpaper again wet sand
  4. Let is dry for 30 mins
  5. Applied base coat/primer. I did this by applying thin coats making sure everything gets painted in every pass. I did 3 layers with 10-15 mins interval for each pass (the time really depends on the paint you are using). Let it dry
  6. Wet sanded the cover using 1000 grit sandpaper to smoothen the texture and make sure there are no uneven paint
  7. Let it dry for 30 mins
  8. Applied the color paint. I did 4 layers with 15-20 mins interval for each pass (my paint can says it should be 30 mins interval). Make sure each pass covers everything including the corners. Let it dry.
  9. Again I wet sanded with 1000 grit sandpaper after the 2nd coat and then proceeded with the 3rd and 4th coats.
  10. Applied top coat clear matt. I did 4 layers with 20-30 mins interval (this time I followed instructions from the paint can). I did thin to medium layers with fast strokes because I wanted to achieve a textured matt finish.
  11. After the 4th layer of top coat. I let it dry for 2 days without touching it.

Again this is my method and I hope it works for you. I posted photos of the results and if they are satisfactory for you then you can follow the steps that I did.

To see the photos of the worklog, please see album below

Quickfire Rapid Repaint

Mechanical Black Clacker... Fingerasm 1

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid (none-backlit) Cherry MX Black switches

Photo above shows my daily warrior for work and home use. It has gone throught a lot but still working as good as the first time I bought it. The keyboard is probably almost 3 years odl already and the body of the thing is showing up the scars from the daily abuse. Normally what I would do is sell the thing off and get a new one. I can’t let this go for some reason.

Lately I have been shopping for a cheap rgb keyboard and I bought one cheap chinese brand from a local seller from where I am. Quality seems ok. I will some details about it in a bit.

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During the process of looking for a new keyboard, I found some affordable keycaps (let’s face it geekhack.com, deskthority.net and even Massdrop keycaps ain’t really the cheapest ones you can find). I found a few tidbits in TaoBao and has asked a middleman service to order them for me. Hopefully I can get them in the next couple fo weeks.

I am not sure if I ordered caps for none-backlit keyboard (this CM Storm TKL) only or if its for backlit keyboards I ain’t chinese. It was advertised as PBT which should be somewhat a bit better than regular ABS keycaps that come with most keyboards being sold in the market. I ordered couple of color sets and a RGB set for my modifiers.

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I plan to give new life to my old CM Storm once the keycaps arrive. I am still deciding if I will sticker bomb the cover or paint it all out completely with a certain shade of color. I might do the latter. I still need to figure out how to open this thing up though since it is still a virgin and I have not tried opening it up yet. This will give me time to completely clean up the whole thing from the inside and hopefully if I can learn how to do it is to lube the switches (Cherry MX blacks ain’t really the softest of the switches)

Now I am really excited on getting those keycaps. Hopefully they arrive soon.