Cooler Master Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard Review
When it comes to keyboards, people fall into one of two groups: those who use mechanical keyboards and those who have not yet had the privilege of using what some would consider the epitome of input device design. Products based off of rubber dome technology are much more prevalent than the “old school” mechanical keyboards but in many cases this is due to economics rather than overall quality. By opting for cheaper, shorter-lived dome switches, manufactures can pack in a lot more features without significantly increasing costs. Considering most gaming peripherals live and die by features like backlighting, programmable buttons, and media keys, high quality yet inexpensive keyboards are something of a rarity in this product space.
With the new Storm Trigger gaming keyboard, Cooler Master hopes to sell gamers on a mechanical keyboard that is loaded with all the extras enthusiasts have come to expect from their peripherals—at a price not much higher than that of the typical gaming keyboard.
Cooler Master’s Storm line is designed, marketed and priced with enthusiasts in mind, and based on many past examples from the Storm line, the Trigger will have a high standard to live up to. In addition, it is going up against some very stiff competition with Corsair, Gigabyte and many others having recently announced their own gaming peripheral lineups. Suddenly, a market that was the exclusive realm of Razer, SteelSeries and a few others is becoming very, very cluttered.
The primary feature of this new gaming keyboard is of course the fact that Cooler Master has opted for Cherry MX key switches, which have an enviable reputation. By itself the switch choice will not make the Storm Trigger an instant hit, but with its additional combination of features like multi-level backlighting, built-in macro profiles and a removable USB cable, the Storm Trigger has the potential to justify both its $125 asking price and its place in the Storm lineup.
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