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One of those keyboards, the CM Storm Trigger, has piqued our interest. This unusual specimen is one of the very few keyboards on the market with Cherry's MX green key switches. We've sampled most of the other MX switch variants before—blacks, blues, browns, and reds—but the greens are something of a novelty. They're tougher, springier than their siblings, and they don't sacrifice the all-important click and tactile bump. Our understanding is that the greens are normally found under the space bars of Cherry MX blue keyboards. In both feel and specifications, though, the greens are closer to the buckling spring switches of IBM's iconic Model M keyboards. That makes them uniquely appealing to old-school geeks.

Clearly, we couldn't resist taking the MX greens out for a test drive. So, we scored a CM Storm Trigger from Cooler Master, set it up in our labs, cracked our knuckles, and compared it to the old Model M and a Rosewill keyboard based on the softer Cherry MX blue switches. After some lengthy and intensive typing sessions, we're ready to share our findings.

Here is what the switches sound like:


Edited by sherlock - 3/7/13 at 11:57am
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I never understood the whole mechanical keyboard craze. I mean I love the clicity clackity ness when I get to play with one as it reminds me of my youth and sounds fun, but as for everyday use I find it quite tiring. Give me a low profile keyboard that i have to barley touch in order to type any day. After 8-12 hours its a lot easier.
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I never understood the whole mechanical keyboard craze. I mean I love the clicity clackity ness when I get to play with one as it reminds me of my youth and sounds fun, but as for everyday use I find it quite tiring. Give me a low profile keyboard that i have to barley touch in order to type any day. After 8-12 hours its a lot easier.

I don't find using mech boards tiring at all, infact it's the exact opposite compared to rubber domes. Rubber domes gets tiring, you sure you aren't mistaken buckling switches for mechanical?
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I never understood the whole mechanical keyboard craze. I mean I love the clicity clackity ness when I get to play with one as it reminds me of my youth and sounds fun, but as for everyday use I find it quite tiring. Give me a low profile keyboard that i have to barley touch in order to type any day. After 8-12 hours its a lot easier.
I don't find I have to exert any more force than I do with my laptop kb. I've used my Topre daily for over the past two years and theres no way I'm switching back.
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I never understood the whole mechanical keyboard craze. I mean I love the clicity clackity ness when I get to play with one as it reminds me of my youth and sounds fun, but as for everyday use I find it quite tiring. Give me a low profile keyboard that i have to barley touch in order to type any day. After 8-12 hours its a lot easier.

Once I switched to my mechanical browns, oh dear god help me when I touch a rubber dome. The difference is so notable, that my joints cringe at the feeling. I've had much better results using a mechanical board, especially the lack of the pounding on my joints when typing. I'm much faster now and often find myself typing away for hours before realizing how much time has passed by. thumb.gif
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Once I switched to my mechanical browns, oh dear god help me when I touch a rubber dome. The difference is so notable, that my joints cringe at the feeling. I've had much better results using a mechanical board, especially the lack of the pounding on my joints when typing. I'm much faster now and often find myself typing away for hours before realizing how much time has passed by. thumb.gif

^ This.

And to add, I cannot stand anything other than MX Browns, and I absolutely despise the MX Blues. The only other switch I can comfortably use is the MX Black, but they're usually tougher to press.
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Scissor switches. Yes it's still a rubber dome underneath but the added mechanicalness of the scissors helps make it so much better. Also extremely low key height keeps the tops of the keys in the same plane. biggrin.gif
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I always thought mechanicals were some kind of fad...until I bought one with MX Brown switches for work. Now I pretty much hate life anytime I have to do any serious amount of typing on rubber-dome keyboards.
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I always thought mechanicals were some kind of fad...until I bought one with MX Brown switches for work. Now I pretty much hate life anytime I have to do any serious amount of typing on rubber-dome keyboards.

If ever there was a product that, once you try it, nothing else will do, it's mechanical keyboards.

On topic, these switches sound perfect for me. I need blacks for the resistance in gaming but I do miss that lovely tactile click of the springier switches.
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I love my Model M, I can probably type 10-15 wpm faster on it, but there is no way in hell I can play BF3 with it. I have a G17 for that.
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