Software

Before I mentioned the five macro keys on the left side of the keyboard, I’m sure you are curious how you go about programing them. Coming from the 710+ from Logitech before this, I was a little spoiled with having an on the fly macro programing. But even so once I downloaded the Triggers software off of their website and installed it I was ready to setup the Trigger. I should point out that when you download the software you are going to get a .rar file. It would be much easier if the download was for an executable or at least a .zip file that doesn’t require any other program to open.

Although the software version had changed, there weren’t any noticeable differences going from the Trigger software before to now, at least visually. That isn’t really a bad thing though; I actually had no problem with the software’s look or functions. I did have an issue where before with how the software starts minimized and I had that same issue once again. Outside of that issue I loved the software. It’s broken up into three tabs, the main page, a profile page, and the macro studio.

The main page of the software greats you with a full keyboard layout and each and every key is clickable. Once you click on a key you can assign its functionality from single key programs, macros, or even launch a program. I love that this isn’t limited to just the macro keys, that means for example that you can rebind all of your F keys and number pad for use in game and then just flip to that profile before you get in game.

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The Macro studio in the Triggers software is interesting. I love how they lay out your macro’s in a way similar to movie or audio production software. You can manually input your macro’s or you can also record them from your key presses as well. The recording function will record in real time or if you would like “god” mode, where it ignores the time between key presses.

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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

www.amazon.com/dp/B00C2MBG2U/?tag=lare0a-20
(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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