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Cooler Master Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard Review

Author: AkG
Date: June 28, 2012
Product Name: Storm Trigger
Part Number: SGK-6000-GKCM1
Warranty: 1 Year
 
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Packaging and Software



Keyboards usually come in boxes as small and lightweight as possible, so the Storm Trigger’s sturdy packaging came as a pleasant surprise. Its container may not be as wide as the one which Gigabyte uses for their Aivia keyboard, but the Storm Trigger’s is taller and uses greater levels of internal padding to ensure it arrives safe and sound.

As with all of Cooler Master’s Storm line, the box itself is as aggressively eye-catching as it is robust. It also provides potential customers will all the data needed to make an informed in-store purchasing decision.


Unfortunately, the fancy packaging doesn’t quite make up for the disappointing accessories kit that Cooler Master has opted to include. There is a small instruction manual and a smaller correction pamphlet—and that’s it. There is no included software CD, no replacement keys, and no key puller. They do furnish you with a replaceable USB cable and a wrist rest, but in our opinion these are necessary components required for the Trigger to work optimally rather than true accessories.

While the anemic accessory list can perhaps be overlooked, one thing can’t: the lack of a driver CD. In order to actually use the Trigger to its full potential, the software (not included) is a necessity and not a value-added feature. Since Cooler Master has made the download a whopping 100+ megabytes, this is simply unacceptable on such an expensive, enthusiast-grade peripheral like the Storm Trigger.


The software—once you have finished downloading it—is classic Cooler Master, and anyone familiar with the other Storm peripherals will have no trouble figuring out this iteration. If anything, the Storm Trigger’s software has been streamlined compared to what ships with most Storm-branded gaming peripherals. It is still powerful, but it has been simplified in order to provide as shallow a learning curve as possible and it succeeds in this respect.


The only issue we have with the software is the Macro Studio. This macro editor may be quite capable, but it also has many quirks you will have to learn to live with, the largest of which is lack of prebuilt macros to cover the majority of situations. This is one area in which most of the competition—especially the Gigabyte Aivia K8100—is clearly superior to the Storm Trigger. However, once you start actually creating custom macros it quickly becomes evident that the Trigger’s software is just as useful as the competition’s, if somewhat less refined.

On the positive side, you can execute macros via the Trigger’s onboard processor. This means that your custom macros will work even in games that block the use of software macros. The game’s cyber-nanny will never know you are executing macros in the first place; they will simply appear as ordinary commands coming from the Storm Trigger. Just be careful to make sure the timing of your custom macros is humanly possible or you may still get banned for your creative “bending” of the rules. As Cooler Master actually states in their FAQ: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

 
 
 

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