CM Storm Mech Keyboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

CM Storm Mech Keyboard Review


It's rare that a manufacturer releases a whole set of peripherals that have a single aesthetic vision behind them, but CM Storm have done just that with their latest products. Known for their excellent Quickfire keyboards, Sentinel gaming mice and, of course, some of the most popular cases around.

We've looked at the full range of CM Storm keyboards so far but the Mech is the first that's really aimed at the very top end of the marketplace. A no compromise effort with full mechanical switches, robust build quality and some intriguing customisation options. As we have three reviews to get through today and keyboards don't require a great build up, let us crack on with what is on offer.

Technical Specifications

With a steel plate backing up a robust top, the Mech is a weighty beast thanks to the extraordinary build quality. The Mech is available with three of the main Cherry MX switches, the Brown, Red and Blue variants. Our review model comes with the Cherry MX Blue, light actuation with a deliberate click to aid in your feedback. With 64 N-Key rollover you can bash your head off the keyboard and be sure in the knowledge that every key will be registered accurately. Finally there are 5 dedicated macro keys which, combined with the available profiles, should keep even the more demanding user happy.

Model NumberSGK-7000-MBCL1-language (Blue switch)
SGK-7000-MBCM1-language (Brown switch)
SGK-7000-MBCR1-language (Red switch)
Key SwitchCHERRY MX Blue/ Brown/ Red
N Key Rollover64
Macro Key15 in each profile
Polling Rate1000 Hz/1ms
BacklightAll keys, 5 settings, 3 modes
OutputDual USB 3.0 port and mini USB port for charging
Windows Key LockYes
On-board Memory128k bytes
Media KeysYes (via F keys)
USB CableRemovable
Dimensions553(L)x267(W)x43(H) mm
21.7(L)x10.5(W)x1.7(H) inch
Weight1686 g / 3.71 lbs


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Most Recent Comments

04-10-2013, 10:27:55

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.Quote

04-10-2013, 17:35:49

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.Quote

04-10-2013, 17:49:09

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.Quote

05-10-2013, 13:29:43

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?Quote

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