CM Storm Trigger Z Keyboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

CM Storm Trigger Z Keyboard Review


Regular readers of OC3D will be aware that we love a good mechanical keyboard. Although a laptop style one can be good too, there is little better than the feel of some Cherry switches beneath your fingers.

Indeed we've reviewed so many Cherry equipped keyboards that we're sure you're all aware of the benefits to both typing speed and stress and strain that they can provide. Usually when there is a choice of keyboards we get sent the blue switch variant, which has a deliberate extra click for tactile feedback. This means that they end up sounding exactly as you'd expect the keyboards from the 80s to sound which can put a lot of people off. Especially if your computer is in a family room and you're having to type whilst others are attempting to watch the television or what have you.

For this reason we often recommend purchasing a red or brown switch version if a choice is available. So it's with a song in our heart that we discovered the latest CM Storm keyboard, the Trigger Z, arrived at our offices replete with the Cherry MX Brown switches. These provide the tactile bump that allows you to learn when the key is actuated, without the noise of the blue. They're a halfway house between the linear response of a red switch and the typing pleasure of a blue.

Technical Specifications

With LED backlighting, 5 dedicated macro buttons and a very high rollover figure, the Trigger Z ticks all the mechanical keyboard boxes.

Product Number
SGK- 6010- GKCL1
SGK- 6010- GKCR1
SGK- 6010- GKCM1
Key Switch
CHERRY MX Blue with blue backlight
CHERRY MX Brown switch with white backlight
CHERRY MX Red switch with red backlight
Macro Key 15 in each profile
Profiles5 profiles
On-board Memory128k bytes
Dimensions47.6(L) *25.3(W) *3.8(H) cm
18.7(L) *10(W) *1.5(H) inch
Weight1516 g / 3.34 lbs

Key features

Fully programmable! Save up to 5 Profiles and 75 Macros on the Keyboard
Powerful Rapid Fire Engine for faster hardware Macro playback
5 easily accessible Macro keys as well as Multimedia and Win-lock shortcuts
On the fly Macro recording – record and use key combos without leaving the game
Profile switch key-combo - Switch between keyboard profiles within an instant
Detachable wrist rest, braided USB cable and gold plated plugs
Online firmware updates
64 KRO - 64 simultaneous key presses


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Most Recent Comments

28-02-2014, 13:03:30

Quickfire user here. It looks ugly. Dunno why, it doesnt look right for some reason..Quote

01-03-2014, 18:50:36

Looking to get a mechanical keyboard in the near future, and this is looking like a front runner at the moment. The fact that you say it's built like a tank is a real plus as I have had my current Logitech media keyboard well over five years now. I've also got my eyes on the ozone pro strike one, but I'm not as sure of the build quality of their products.Quote

02-03-2014, 09:36:06

This would have been great if it would have RGB LED's and if there was a US layout (smaller ENTER button).
So the search for the perfect keyboard goes on Quote

02-03-2014, 11:14:31

Originally Posted by Xenomorphical View Post
This would have been great if it would have RGB LED's and if there was a US layout (smaller ENTER button).
So the search for the perfect keyboard goes on
There is a US layout, but obviously as a UK-based review site it's logical to review a model with the UK layout.Quote

02-03-2014, 13:18:39

operating on a budget, can anybody recommend a good entry level mechanical board?Quote

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