A surprisingly affordable mechanical keyboard.
Cooler Master has been making serious inroads into the gaming peripherals market lately, with solid yet reasonably priced products. The new Trigger keyboard sticks to the trend and offers a lot of bang for a large but still reasonable amount of buck.
The Trigger is a mechanical board with firm yet smooth keys, which give a very satisfying but somewhat noisy clunk to every press. While more expensive to produce, mechanical keyboards are loved for their excellent response and feel. The Trigger uses Cherry MX switches and you can choose from three different versions that use different switches inside. We tested the Blue switches for an increased tactile feel.
The Trigger is not a one-trick pony though – it has a lot to offer elsewhere. For gaming in a dark room, the fully backlit keys are great (though you can also turn them off). The keyboard has five customisable macro keys with profile setups that are stored in the keyboard. You can also lock out the Windows key when gaming. A removable wrist rest, media keys, braided USB cable and two-port USB hub round out the feature set. The included software makes changing setting or setting up gaming profiles super easy, though oddly we needed it installed to run the backlights.
The Trigger is fairly new, so you’ll need to shop around to find it for much under the RRP. Still, if you’re after a very solid yet still affordable mechanical keyboard, it's worth a look.
- Three key types available
- Two port USB hub
- Large removable wrist rest
Pros : Backlit keys, five macro keys, media keys.
Cons : Price close to RRP, complex, noisy.
Verdict : 8 out of 10. Highly Recommended!
Available from Cooler Master retailing for $120.