CM Storm Trigger Keyboard Review
There are a lot of things to like about the CM Storm Trigger, and a couple of issues that keep it from really shining.
The most important aspect is, of course, how well it types. Given that it has the excellent Cherry Black MX switches at the centre of it then it's not a surprise at all that it's a joy to use. Every key has a reassuring tactile feel to it, and you know that it will put up with extraordinary amounts of abuse without flinching. The whole keyboard is very well put together with enough weight to keep it planted on your desk, but not so heavy you don't want to take it with you when you're off gaming.
The customisation options are plentiful, with five dedicated macro keys and the ability to modify the whole layout to suit your preference it really can be all things to all people. You can either use the software to create them, or do them on the fly. Either way it's a very simple process. Even the lighting is nice, with variable levels of brightness. We thing a whole keyboard 'breathing' would be distracting, but the option is there if you desire it.
Speaking of the software, that's the first area that could do with improvement. It's enormous for a start. A 400mb file for something that many other companies have trimmed to sub 30mb is just too big. It works well enough, but has a few quirks that go against how you'd expect it to work. When your FAQ has to include a manuals worth of hints and tips, you know that it's time to go back to the drawing board.
The only other major complaint is the price. By any measure it's an expensive keyboard, coming in at around £100. If you just want an array of macro options you then, as we've just said, the Corsair Vengeance K90 provides better build-quality, better software, and far more macro options for the same money. If you just want a seriously rugged keyboard with Cherry Black switches, the SteelSeries 6Hv2 is all of those things and £40 cheaper.
If we were reviewing in a vacuum then the CM Storm trigger ticks all the right boxes. If you have your heart set on a red keyboard with the CM Storm branding and accept the software has a few foibles then we can highly recommend it. But, when compared to the competition, that very middle-of-the-road design ethos that covers all the bases ends up leaving it either a lot overpriced or a bit under-featured. Better software and a price cut and it would be Gold, but at this price we're afraid it's only Silver.
Thanks to CM Storm for supplying the Trigger for review. Discuss in our forums.