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Cooler Master Trigger Review

There are some of those people who look for not only the best gaming CPUs but also the best gaming peripherals; today, we have the Cooler Master Trigger keyboard, and it feels incredibly heavy-duty at first glance. Take a better look at the gaming keyboard in our full review after the break.

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Design & Construction

We knew we were going to come face-to-face with a beast the moment we handled the box. When we took the keyboard out, our impressions didn’t change. It was very heavy. The Trigger sizes up almost the same with the most basic of keyboards, so the size isn’t the problem here. The weight of the keyboard is not very ideal if you’re one of those gamers who enjoy bringing their gear to different places. Basically, the idea here is to use it for your desktop – just like any other gaming keyboard.

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There is heavy branding on the back, while on front, you’ll find the keys. The design is simply colored with black and gray, and no metal is to be found on the layers. It feels totally solid all around, so no need to worry about durability.

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On the upper part, you’ll find the ports for DC and 2 USB ports along with the place for connecting it with the computer. Down below, you can find the place for an wristrest, which comes included. It’s very useful and convenient for long sessions with the computer, and if you don’t have that much space, you can take it out.

The keys, the buttons and the layout

The keyboard comes complete and more. The F-keys on top come with functions for playback, volume and  red backlight control. You can completely turn it off, make it dimmer, or put it into a special mode where only the macro keys, WASD and the arrow keys light up – which adds to the mood if you wanna feel extra game-on. In addition, the lights don’t bleed beneath the keys, which makes it a great piece of engineering.

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Now all the way to the left, you’ll find the 5 macro keys which are programmable in nature. It isn’t really practical in itself since it’s found on the left side – unless you have really fast left hands.

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The keys go quite deep down once pressed and may be a bad thing if reactions in milliseconds count for your games. Good thing it’s entirely responsive – keep those things in mind.

Software

At first, we thought the software came in with the keyboard upon plugging it in because there wasn’t any CD or installer that came with the box. Sooner or later, we found it online and it came in at 104 MB – which was really inconvenient to download.

SOFTWARE

Once installed, we kept on pressing the shortcut to launch the application and it wouldn’t even show a start-up signal, only to find out that it was hiding in the system tray. When it ran, the interface was simple and straightforward, but it had quite a learning curve for those unfamiliar with setting up keyboards. Once you’re familiarized, you’re good to go.

In practice

Now, in games, we have to say that the Trigger works wonders in terms of responsiveness and ergonomics. However, we found ourselves not using the macro keys as much since it’s hard to get used to and difficult to access.

If you were to use the Trigger on day-to-day casual use, you might need to find an adjustment period as at first, we had a lot of accidental presses with the caps lock, mistaking it with the letter A. In less than a week, we managed to get a hang of it.

Conclusion

There’s a lot to love about the Trigger. It’s responsive, beautiful and functional, but there are some trade-offs. It would have been more convenient if the software was found inside the box rather than being online, and macro keys have not been entirely user-friendly. Aside from that and the weight, we couldn’t ask for anything more. At the price of $100-120 (models vary in key resistance), you should really consider getting this one.

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Cooler Master Trigger specs:
Low Resistance Cherry MX Blue Key Switch (available in other resistances as well)
1000Hz / 1ms polling rate
Red backlight in all keys
64KB memory
6 anti-ghosting keys
2 USB ports
475 x 162 x 25 mm
1260 g

What we liked about it:

  • Detachable wristrest
  • Fine and polished backlighting
  • Solid construction
  • Very responsive

What we didn’t like about it:

  • Quite heavy
  • Difficult to access macro keys
  • Inconvenient software

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