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Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Cooler Master's gaming division, CM Storm, delivered its first keyboard offering earlier this year with their mechanical Quickfire Rapid gaming keyboard.  It has since expanded the QuickFire platform with the Quickfire Pro, which adds a keypad and several other gamer-centric features.  In its fervent expansion into peripherals, CM Storm is proud to bring their new Trigger mechanical keyboard to enthusiasts and gamers everywhere.

Overview


Whether the weapon is chosen or that weapon chooses you, the Trigger mechanical gaming keyboard is prepared with a full featured arsenal that incorporates a selection of extremely high durability CHERRY MX Black, Blue, Brown, or Red switches*.

*The availability of CHERRY MX switch types will vary based on region.

 

Features

  • High durability gold-plated Cherry switches rated for over 50 million key strokes
  • Multi-media control keys for convenient sound control
  • 5 macro keys with profile management
  • 18K gold plated ultra low latency USB plugs
  • Anti-ghosting 6 key rollover
  • 64KB on-board memory for profile storage
  • Storm tactics key for deactivation of Windows key
  • 1000Hz driverless polling / 1ms response time
  • Two port enhanced USB 2.0 hub
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Braided cable for durability
  • Non-slip rubber coating

 

Specifications

Model Number SGK-6000-GKCC1 (Black Switch)
SGK-6000-GKCL1 (Blue Switch)
SGK-6000-GKCM1 (Brown Switch)
SGK-6000-GKCR1(Red Switch)
Key Switch
CHERRY Black / Blue / Brown / Red
N Key Rollover
Macro Key
6
5
Polling Rate
1000 Hz /1 ms
Backlighting
All Keys
Windows Key Disable
Yes
On Board Memory
Media Keys
64 KB
Yes
Dimensions
475(L)x162(W)x25(H) mm
 
18.7(L)x6.5(W)x0.98(H) inch
Weight
1260 g / 2.78 lbs

 

Packaging

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In CM Storm's typical swooping red and black color scheme, the Trigger comes neatly packaged in a box detailing the many features and specifications Cooler Master thinks will win you over.  In addition to the keyboard itself, the box contains minimal accessories, only a quick start usage guide, a pamphlet telling you where to find the Trigger software, and the braided USB cable.

 The CM Storm Trigger is meant to become the top-end of the Cooler Master's growing mechanical gaming keyboard family.  The Quickfire Pro does away with full backlighting, and the Quickfire Rapid does away with backlighting and the numpad, and each are priced in $20 increments, with the QF Rapid at $80, and the Trigger at $120 MSRP.  Our test unit came with Cherry MX Brown switches, which is classified as having a tactile "bump," where the popular Cherry MX Blue switches have the tactile "bump" as well as an audible "click."  Cooler Master also offers the Trigger with a linear Cherry MX Black switch, and the lesser-force Red switch, which also features a tactile bump with less resistance than the Browns.

 Cooler Master also boasts 6-key rollover (6KRO), so 6 simultaneous keypresses can be registered, which is particularly important to RPG or RTS players who execute a large number of frantic keystrokes.  1000ms polling rates also mean low response times, and gold-plated connnectors and switch contact points ensure good contact and low latencies.

 

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