Pictures and Features

Some of you may already be familiar with the styling of the Trigger. The entire top of the Trigger is a light grey satin finish. The only exception to that is the area around the direction pad over on the right where it is surrounded with a black satin finish. Around the outside edge of the keyboard is surrounded by that same black satin rubber finish. The styling of the Trigger is a little different than what you see from anyone else, this helps it stand out from the crowd while still looking sharp. The design on the top of the Trigger and under the direction pad give it a little rough styling, similar to the HAF series. But in hand, with the silky finish, it’s much less rough than you would expect from looking at it.

The layout of the keyboard itself is a full layout with number pad as well as the five macro keys on the left side. Most of the F keys up top also have double functionality as well. F1 to F4 are function keys related to the Triggers lighting and the others are all media keys.

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I mentioned the wrist rest before in the packaging section. Some people like wrist rests and others don’t, because of that Cooler Master made the wrist rest on the Trigger optional. There are three attachment points to keep it locked up against the Trigger. There are eight rubber feat on the wrist rest as well. To keep it from moving around on your desk.

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Around on the back side of the Trigger you have all of its connections bunched up in the top right area. The small USB plug is where you plug in the keyboards cable to hook to your PC. The other two USB ports can be used to hook up your mouse or another low power USB device. For more power you also have a 5 volt power connection, but Cooler Master doesn’t include a cable to hook up to it with the Trigger.

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The bottom of the Trigger has six wide rubber feet across it to keep everything from sliding around during intense gaming sessions. For those of you, like me, who like to angle their keyboard up there are two flip out feet. Although it may not look like it, the tips of the feet are actually completely rubber as well. This is great, normally company’s seem to forget the feet when looking at keeping the keyboard secure.  

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The main reason we took a look at this specific keyboard was the Cherry green switches. Of course I had to pull a few keys and take a peek at them. On top of the green switches you can also see the red LED’s above each switch. The keys themselves, as you can see, are actually a clear/white with the black coloring over top. This allows the backlighting to make it through while still having that dark look as well.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #30262 03 Apr 2013 03:50
I think you guys will especially like the breakdown on the differences between all of the Cherry keyswitches in the performance section
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SpeedBump replied the topic: #30263 03 Apr 2013 05:45
Good review. I have the "blue" version of this keyboard. It is my 2nd mechanical. I have never really considered mechs before due to the high price (compared to a normal membrane style) Over the years I have come to a point where I went thru multiple brands and found my favorite. The Saitek Eclipse.

I had gone thru a couple of them before jumping onto the mech bandwagon. My son bought his first mech...Razer Blackwidow Ultimate...and I used it a handful of times. Kinda found out what all the excitement with a mech was. Really liked it and when gong back to my trusty Saitek, I was kinda sad. Decided to get myself a Mech. At LAN OC v12, you had a Mionix Zibal 60 with blacks. I didn't win it, but I did buy it from the guy who did. Very sweet keyboard. I didn't like the black key switches. For gaming, they were just too stiff for me. For typing, I liked it alot. Kinda backwards as most guys like the blacks for gaming and not as much for typing.

This Trigger I am using right now...I absolutely love it. It has seen constant use for a couple months now and is holding up nicely. I am starting to notice some wear on the keys. I use my right thumb for "space" and you can plainly see the spot where my thumb presses. The other keys are also showing some "shine" but being small, you can't really notice it. The wrist rest is showing no signs of use. Looks like day one. That is a good thing as I figured the rubberized coating would more than likely show some wear especially around the arrow keys. ( I don't use WASD keys...LOL) I don't think I would like the green switches as they are stiffer than the blacks.

Sorry for the wall of text, just figured I'd toss out my take on the durability of the Trigger in case some guys were wondering. Thanks for the review. Spot on imho. ;)
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Masterfry replied the topic: #30314 08 Apr 2013 05:40
I've been thinking about getting a new mechanical keyboard and trying a new switch. I want to try something really stiff like almost buckling, and I want it to be loud as hell because lets face it, that's why we get mechanical keyboards ;) The green switches seem like they would fancy my taste buds but I'm looking for something without the ten key. I'm considering one of the Ducky's but not sure yet. Anyways, great review and thanks for the detailed information on the keyboard.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #30319 08 Apr 2013 07:27
There is also the cooler master storm rapid with green switches as well that is tenkeyless
(the amazon option over on the right side is cheaper when you figure in free shipping)

Also has anyone else gotten green switches back in? At CES Cooler Master told me they bought up all of the green switch stock for a while. The ducky shine with green switches shows as unavailable on amazon as well.

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