Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 06/12/2012 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The Trigger has the same familiar feel as any other mechanical keyboard when you press the keys, and that's thanks to the Cherry MX switches. That also means you can swap them out if needed/required/wished for. As you can see the keyboard houses black Cherry MX switches.
Cherry MX Black - Linear switch with Actuation Force: 60g (40g-80g overall)
Cherry MX Brown Switches - Tactile Switch with Actuation Force: 45g (55g Peak Force)
Cherry MX Blue Switches - Tactile & Clicky with Actuation Force: 50g (60g Peak Force)
Cherry MX Red Switches - Linear Switch with Actuation Force: 45g
Basically there are four types of Cherry MX switches available: red, black, blue and brown. Each color switch feels different and CM actually has this keyboard available in all four color switches (for your personal preference). We have the black variety.
Most mechanical keyboards try to sweeten the deal with audio ports, USB hubs, lights, knobs, wrist rest, or something, but CM chooses to keep the features dimmed a little sitting right there in the middle of things. I like this.
At the backside of the keyboard we spot a USB connector that leads to the computer, no PS2 connector BTW. Then another two USB 2.0 ports are present, it functions as a USB HUb and as such you can use them for whatever you see fit. All the way to the left you can see a DC 5V power connector, that remains unused. You could connect an additional power adapter incase the two current 5V USB ports require more power to run the peripherals and maxing out two additional LED levels -- thus remains an extra feature. No additional power supply is supplied.
A trend we noticed on mouse's lately is replacing that good old rubber cable, now implemented on the keyboard and roughly 2 Meters is a braided cloth cable, not rubber. I'm very glad the keyboard is wired and not wireless. Wired is much more responsive, faster and less laggy than wireless of course. Especially in a hefty gaming spree these are the things that really matter.
On the left side of the keyboard are programmable macro keys and mode switch key. The macro keys are a soft-press keys that you have to go out of your way to switch, and using the included software which we'll show you later on.
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