Overall and Final Verdict

It’s interesting taking a second look at a product for review with a fairly small change. It’s great to be able to come back and remember what I loved about the keyboard the first time. With full backlighting, on board memory, and lots of programmability in its software the Trigger is a great keyboard. With Cooler Master offering it with five different key switches including the rare green key switch they are reaching out to people with different preferences. I would love to see them go even farther with this and consider other backlighting color options. That would most likely create to many SKU’s though. I did have a couple complaints with the Trigger. I hope with future models that Cooler Master might consider running two USB cables for the keyboard if they are going to have USB hub on the keyboard, just to make it more usable. The other issue was much smaller, when you open up the software it minimizes by default. If you don’t catch that you might try opening it up multiple times. All in all I was once again impressed with the Trigger. The addition of green keyswitches just helps it stand out even more in a very crowded market. Once again, Cooler Master is showing that they are all in when it comes to the keyboard market. 

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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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