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I was considering the CM Storm Trigger or Corsair K90. I'm looking for a keyboard with red switches and macro keys.
I don't really care about backlighting.

These are the only two I can find with red switches and macros. Does anyone know of any others?
I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

Any review of those keyboards would be appreciated as well. I can't decide. rolleyes.gif

Thanks smile.gif
post #2 of 10
Do you really need macros. Could you get away with a filco mxred and autohotkey?

Or a red keyboard with macro keys. http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4179#sp
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I've used the K90 for a few months and it is an awesome keyboard. Lots of functions for the price.

Definitely love MX Red Switches.

The K90 comes with software to bind macros, I personally never even used it.

One thing I would like to point out, is that not all the keys on the K90 are mechanical. The macro keys and the F1-F12 are rubber dome.

I've been using a Ducky Shine with MX Reds and absolutely love it. If you can live without the macros I would highly recommend it.

Here is a brief review I wrote on the K90.
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When first deciding on which switch to get I was mainly looking at the MX Blues and the MX Reds.

The Blues felt awesome but the noise was a killer for me.

MX Reds it was.

The MX Reds have a tactile linear feel and are very easy to press.

The K90 comes with great Cherry MX Red switches, each individually backlit, giving it an awesome glow not only during the night but also during daytime.

The LED glow can be adjusted to 33%. 66%, or full 100% glow.

The only thing that Corsair did wrong in my opinion was not making all of the keys mechanical.

Luckily I do my research so I knew that the 18 macro keys, the F1-F12, and the Insert, Detele, Home, End, Page Up and Down keys aren't mechanical.

Overall the keyboard looks great though, the brushed aluminum gives it a sleek look, the multimedia keys can come in handy and the volume adjuster is just great.

I haven't played around with macros much but I presume they will work just fine.

The keyboard spots built in memory so the macros will be saved even in the case of windows reinstall.

There is also an option to disable the windows key which can come in handy for gaming.

The wrist rest spans across the whole keyboard and gives it a comfortable feel.

I do however find it somewhat challenging to type quickly and accurately, but I hope this will improve as I get used to the keyboard.

I would recommend the keyboard for gaming, but if you are looking to type, perhaps look into the MX Browns.
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The MX Reds have a tactile feel and are very easy to press.


Reds are Linear Non-Tactile.
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The MX Reds have a tactile feel and are very easy to press.


Reds are Linear Non-Tactile.

You sir are correct. Fixed.
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post #6 of 10
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I suppose I don't really need the macros. They still sound cool to have, though. tongue.gif

Is it only the partial mechanical-ness that makes the K90 less desirable than Ducky Shine or Filco? The Trigger seems to cost less than either of those keyboards, and it has macros and is fully mechanical.

Thanks for the replies.
post #7 of 10
I really like the K90 and would definitely recommend the keyboard. If you can live with a few rubber dome keys. I wouldn't consider it that big of an issue, I personally don't use the F keys enough so it wouldn't bother me.

The Ducky is pretty awesome, it has a very solid feel to it. However, I do mist certain things like a wrist rest or a volume knob. (You can adjust the volume using FN + F keys)

Looking at the CM Storm Trigger, it looks like awesome keyboard for the price.

Where are you finding the CM Storm Trigger cheaper than the K90? Newegg and Amazon show the K90 at $110 whereas the Trigger at $119
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I meant cheaper than the Ducky Shine or Filco keyboards, they both seem to be about $150-$160 from what i can find.
Edited by Peregrin - 12/12/12 at 8:56am
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Yeah, the Ducky is a bit pricy. Guess it comes down to the K90 or the Trigger.

I don't think you can make a bad decision here, both keyboards are solid. You'll just need to decide which features you like better.
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post #10 of 10
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I think I might be leaning towards the Trigger. Fully mechanical is probably more desirable to me than the eighteen macros and extra media buttons.

Thanks again for the responses.
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