Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

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CM Storm's latest foray into the mechanical keyboard market can't seem to be anything but successful.  They've continued to expand their keyboard family, which now offers a competitively priced entry-level mechanical keyboard in the mechanical keyboard market, an incremental step up with the Quickfire Pro which brings back the numpad, and then the high-end Trigger which rounds out the family with full LED backlighting, but the same gaming-grade components and build quality you'd expect from a mechanical gaming keyboard.

The software is simple and intuitive to use, and in this case not having much to say is a good thing.  It allows up to 5 configurable profiles with fully-programmable keys and 5 dedicated macro keys, and each profile may also have an executable "trigger" so you can have profles setup for each game you play.  The small details also continue to add to the value seen in the Trigger, such as removable/replaceable gold-plated USB cable with a durable braided covering, gold-plated top-of-the-line Cherry MX switches, a comfortable wrist rest and a smooth soft touch coating.

The lighting looks great, and makes night/LAN gaming much easier, and thus more fun.  The Cherry MX Browns of our test unit lack the signtaure "click clack" of the Cherry MX Blue switches, but typing is still very easy on the Brown switches, but are much less noisy.  We were able to verify the 6-key rollover, so simultaneious keystrokes, no matter in which order, won't go unnoticed.  The inclusion of multimedia controls rounds out a good-looking gaming keyboard with high quiality components, and is an overall pleasure to use.

Overall, for a dedicated gamer or anyone who makes enough use to benefit from a good keyboard, the hefty $120 price tag might not be too hard to justify.  For many, however, the price is going to be prohibitive.  However, Cooler Master has a fairly logical and well-developed family of mechanical gaming keyboards, with their Quickfire Rapid at a much more attainable $80 MSRP.  However, when comparing to other mechanical gaming keyboards with the same featureset, the Trigger is very competitively priced.  The LED-equipped Tesoro Durandal, which we very much liked, had us shaking our heads at its $169.99 price tag, with essentially the same featureset as the Trigger.

 

The Good

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The Bad

  • Attractive looks and lighting
  • High quality Cherry MX switches
  • Great build quality
  • Simple, intuitive, functional software
  • Gold-plated braided USB cable
  • Option for external  5V DC power for USB ports
  • Price ($120 MSRP)

 

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