CM Storm Mech Keyboard Review

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The packaging for the CM Storm Mech is as sturdy as the keyboard within. Firm cardboard exterior with high-density foam on the inside ensures that the Mech will survive even the most ham-fisted delivery person. As with any mechanical keyboard in this price range there is an assumption that the buyer doesn't require a wealth of shouted features to attract them.

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The USB cable is removable which helps with transportation, although the positioning of the port is slightly strange as we'll see below. It is, in keeping with the rest of the CM Storm Mech, a very high quality cable indeed.

The keyboard itself is no shrinking violet. We've spent many hours looking at it trying to decide if we think that the extremely non-standard design is a masterstroke or an abomination. Even now we're not sure which side of the fence we fall on. It's a brave design choice and certain to divide opinion.

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Regular readers in these hallowed halls will recognise the Cherry MX Blue switches instantly. The Blues are very much an acquired taste as they add a definite click to the already tactile nature of a mechanical switch when compared to the laptop style most of you will be used to.

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The strange shape when viewed from the top becomes even odder when you look from below. With the side handle and angular wrist rest the Mech is probably the most instantly recognisable keyboard on the market.

Connectivity is two USB 3.0 ports, a mini USB for charging your devices, and audio ports. The keyboard insert is placed at the top right hand corner of the keyboard behind the F12 key, so you're almost certain to have to move your tower to the right hand side of the Mech, if it isn't there already.

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04-10-2013, 05:48:47

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...122929265l.JPG

CM Storm have released a new line of products, and first up is the mechanical MECH Keyboard.


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04-10-2013, 06:27:55

SPS
Besides the outer casing it reminds me very much of the Razer Blackwidow. Personally I hate the design but it's good to see some originality nonetheless.

04-10-2013, 13:35:49

Robi_G
Horrible design, there are other, nicer looking ways of putting a handle on a keyboard.
The backlight looks nice though and the removable panel is great, if they made a rectangular one and I had the money I'd like it a lot more.

04-10-2013, 13:49:09

Raphael
The design isn't that bad imo. Would have to see it in person and try it out to pass my final judgement. Don't know if that wrist rest would be confortable with that crazy shape.

05-10-2013, 09:29:43

Tex Lomar
Not my favorite design. The USB pass through is a nice feature, hook it up to a powered USB port, and you can easily charge a device from the keyboard, even if your Computer is powered off.

The Keyboard is so large, I'm not really sure why there is a handle on it, I don't imagine many people would lug a giant peripheral like that to a Lan party.

Price is too high, but that applies to nearly all keyboards.

I have a CM Storm Quickfire Rapid. Costar board for less than half the price of an identical Filco. Its a great, simple, compact keyboard.

Who is the OEM for this board?
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