Cooler Master has long built a reputation for excellent enclosures and PSUs, but they’ve been dabbling in the gaming market for a while now too, under the Storm brand name. What’s more, we can’t recall a single product from the said family that’s been hit-and-miss; all have performed magnificently, and that goes for mice, enclosures and other equipment alike. This time, however, we have a product that you won’t be seeing a lot of coverage on, as it’s something of a crossroads between old and new technology, with a final result that’s impressive to say the least, from a gamer’s point of view anyway. Meet the new mechanical keyboard, namely Trigger. What makes it so special, then? Well, it’s a mechanical keyboard in the truest sense of the word, something rather unusual and definitely not to everyone’s taste.
First of all, mechanical keyboards are very rare these days, basically coming down to a few models of gaming peripherals only. Simply enough, their advantages are massive durability, a very good tactile feeling, but also large dimensions and mass, hardly what most users are looking for these days. Those who appreciate mechanical keyboards are mostly gamers, the user niche that places the most stress on their keyboards, and if you’re one of them, you’ll know what we’re talking about. Cooler Master has managed to lure out smiles on gamers’ faces with Trigger, therefore. Trigger’s production quality is top-notch, with very high-quality plastic and rubber coating on key spots in order to reduce shaking and vibrations.
This keyboard’s dimensions are anything but small, and the same goes for its mass, as the keyboard weighs in at 1.2 kilograms – definitely something to repulse the majority of users and attract the model’s target market, for which this is a sign of quality. On the bottom, Trigger lies on the surface via high-quality rubber, with the addition of two supporting legs for angling the keyboard. Interestingly enough, Trigger doesn’t suffer from detail oversaturation, so other than the backlit Storm logo and three LEDs for Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock, you won’t find anything visually deserving of attention.
The keys are fantastic and bring back long-past days by their deep step and peculiar sound. It’s really a remarkable feeling to work and play on a keyboard such as this; it’s difficult to convey that positive vibe conceited shortly after getting used to a decent, non-flat keyboard for once. Besides the standard keys, there are also five macros, summoned by the Alt/Macro key on either side of the Space key. Besides controlling macros, these keys are also used to manage multimedia, LED lighting intensity and working mode. It’s definitely noteworthy that this keyboard can detect up to six simultaneously pressed keys, unlike the usual three, which emphasises its gaming orientation. The specs speak of 50 million presses as the keyboard’s lifetime, a true testament of the keyboard’s built-to-last character, owing to the Cherry Black MX technology, which integrates switches inside the keys themselves. Every key has separate backlight, and the intensity can be changed in three steps.
If the maximum backlight is insufficient for your needs, you can attach a 5 V adapter (bought separately) and increase it even further. Another excellent feature is the ability to choose which keys will be backlit, so that you can for instance mark only those that’ll get use in the currently played game. Trigger is connected to the PC via the supplied reinforced mini-USB cable with gold-plated connectors, which doesn’t make any tangible difference, but contributes to the overall impression of seriousness. Furthermore, there are also two classic USB connectors to be used for attaching external devices, although they can only support low-power devices – more serious ones will require the aforementioned 5 V power adapter. We’ve particularly appreciated the rubber palm rest, an essential add-on for longer gaming sessions which we can’t recommend enough.
The software supplied for Trigger is rather complex and weighs in at 104 MB, but is very simple to use and quite likeable. The interface is sufficiently streamlined and intuitive, making for a very short adjustment period, with all features accessed by clicking on the desired section of the keyboard image. Since Trigger has its own 64 KB of memory, up to five different profiles can be stored, and if you need more than this, all profiles can be saved on the PC as well, with an unlimited number of saves. As far as macros go, up to 15 can be tied to any profile, and you can create them both in the Macro Studio section and OTF (On-The-Fly), the latter of which doesn’t require the Trigger drivers to be installed.
||475 x 162 x 25 mm|
|N Key Rollover||6|
|Backlighting||yes / LED|
|Price||~ 130 €|
Cooler Master’s Trigger is a fantastic product for the gaming population, at least its section with somewhat deeper pockets. It must be said, though, that it’s likely to be the only one you’ll be using in a very long stretch of years to come, as it’s quite literally built to last. Although it’s not the only model of the sort present on the market, we’re exceptionally satisfied with Trigger; as far as we’re concerned, it deserves every recommendation. The only thing we could possibly wish for is for the manufacturer to create a simpler and cheaper solution based on the same principle.