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Cooler Master Intros CM Storm Trigger-Z Mechanical Keyboard

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Cooler Master's new mechanical keyboard brings Cherry MX Brown switches to quench demand.

Cooler Master has announced a new mechanical keyboard – the Trigger-Z. This keyboard expands upon the existing lineup of CM Storm-series gaming keyboards.

Upon first release, the keyboard will ship with mechanical Cherry MX Brown switches. These switches give the user tactical feedback but no auditory click, allowing for more silent operation. Later releases of the keyboard might come with Cherry MX Red switches and/or Cherry MX Blue switches.

Other features the keyboard comes with include LED backlighting, a windows key lock function, a detachable wrist rest, as well as a 64 KRO (Key Roll-Over), 128 KB of onboard memory for macros, and lastly, gold-plated USB connectors and a braided cable.

The keyboard is set to launch throughout February and will carry an MSRP of €119.

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    mastrom101 , February 1, 2014 8:15 AM
    Already have this keyboard. Not a huge improvement from the original Trigger.
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    user 18 , February 1, 2014 11:52 AM
    It's an incremental improvement. And seeing as it seems to be replacing the original Trigger, incremental is fine by me.
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    loosescrews , February 1, 2014 3:54 PM
    I would be nice if prices were listed in other currencies than euros. As far as I can tell Ireland is the only English speaking country on the euro.
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    Kamen Rider Blade , February 1, 2014 7:38 PM
    Why do you need 64KRO?You have 10 fingers, most people don't share keyboards, why do you need more than 12KRO (USB limit = 6KRO per instance of Keyboard in driver memory, 2 instances = 12KRO which is sufficient for 10 fingers)?
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    Sakkura , February 2, 2014 5:54 AM
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    Why do you need 64KRO?You have 10 fingers, most people don't share keyboards, why do you need more than 12KRO (USB limit = 6KRO per instance of Keyboard in driver memory, 2 instances = 12KRO which is sufficient for 10 fingers)?
    Because with 12KRO you can't be sure that eg. A and D are independent. The quoted number is a MAXIMUM, not a minimum. Ie. with 12KRO it is possible to have 12 different keys registered at the same time, but not necessarily ANY combination of 12 different keys.
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    user 18 , February 2, 2014 8:51 AM
    KRO should be cited as a worst-case scenario, or as a minimum, by definition. 12KRO will be any 12 keys, but depending on the keys, you could have 14 or 15 at once. Also of note is that it usually doesn't count modifier keys (ctrl, shift) in this number.
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    TheMentalist , February 2, 2014 5:34 PM
    Looks pretty amazing
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    Innocent_Bystander , February 3, 2014 4:22 AM
    Looks like a scam. Someone remind me what in a keyboard commands such a price premium? Aside from mechanical keyboards being ridiculously loud with a key travel deeper than the Grand Canyon? IB
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    southernshark , February 3, 2014 7:24 AM
    Seems a bit pricey. $99 bucks is where I draw the line with a keyboard and there are several good mech ones at that price.
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    samhain , February 3, 2014 8:45 AM
    Yea, I would love to own a mechanical keyboard, but they are too expensive.
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    c123456 , February 3, 2014 9:46 AM
    @kamen just a heads up... you've been lied to. USB will in fact support n-key rollover if the keyboard firmware supports it. If you want this look up tmk firmware (granted it only works on select keyboards, the n-rollover is not the reason).
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    blackened144 , February 3, 2014 10:17 AM
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    Yea, I would love to own a mechanical keyboard, but they are too expensive.
    Thats what I thought. I just ordered the Rosewill RK-6000 though, and with 2 15ft USB extension cables and shipping, it was only $53 with the $10 off promo code. This is the cheapest mechanical keyboard I could find that seems legit and Im still kind of skeptical, but Im not paying $100 for a keyboard and I dont care how well made it might be.
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    mf Red , February 3, 2014 10:50 AM
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    Looks like a scam. Someone remind me what in a keyboard commands such a price premium? Aside from mechanical keyboards being ridiculously loud with a key travel deeper than the Grand Canyon? IB
    brown keys have a 2mm key travel before they respond. They are also quiet compared to Blue/Red keys. Cherry MX keys also have 10m+ keystrokes they are supposed to last for. What are you talking about?
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    Sakkura , February 3, 2014 12:18 PM
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    Yea, I would love to own a mechanical keyboard, but they are too expensive.

    You can get a decent mechanical keyboard for $60-70. That's not unreasonable at all.
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    almostdecent , February 3, 2014 5:31 PM
    I own a MaxKeyboard with a couple of custom color jobs, and it comes with FULL N-Key rollover, individual transistors for the lighting of each key, foam wrist rest, etc. Best keyboard I ever had. http://www.maxkeyboard.com/customize-keyboard.html
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    rrbronstein , February 3, 2014 7:41 PM
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    I own a MaxKeyboard with a couple of custom color jobs, and it comes with FULL N-Key rollover, individual transistors for the lighting of each key, foam wrist rest, etc. Best keyboard I ever had. http://www.maxkeyboard.com/customize-keyboard.html
    BRO! i have a max nighthawk brown switch with the green LED's. Its frickin awesome and gel wrist wrest is great, screw those plastic ones on the trigger and others.
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    nocturnal7x , February 18, 2014 7:27 PM
    I have a storm trigger, got it with the red keys did not like them. I loved the software though, best keyboard software I have used (logitech, CM and Razer). I replaced it with a black widow ultimate 2013, keyboard is nice but software is the worst trash I have ever used. They refuse to store the profiles on the board, razer used the stupid cloud...for a fucking keyboard FFS. I wanted the CM storm trigger with blue keys and they stopped making them. As soon as this new Trigger z is available I will be buying it. Great keyboards, great software. Fuck razer. Never again buying that trash.
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    Zhnigo , April 2, 2014 4:48 AM
    >tactical feedbackPretty sure you're thinking about TACTILE feeback.