Would you touch a Green Cherry?

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2013 - 02:29 PM |
Tagged: cherry mx green, mechanical keyboard, model m, coolermaster, CM Storm Trigger

The Tech Report got their hands on a keyboard using a new type of Cherry MX switch, the CM Storm Trigger.  This is a keyboard for the heavy handed, both the force required to actuate a key and the bottom out is significantly higher than any other Cherry switch as well as the venerable IBM Model M, especially the larger sized keys.  That might be well received by those who find other keyboards to be spongy, or gamers who want the feel of a buckling spring on a better looking keyboard than the old IBM one.  Check out the review to hear the keyboard in action.

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"Cooler Master has released a keyboard based on a little-known mechanical key switch: the Cherry MX greens. We've compared this offering to an IBM Model M and another keyboard based on Cherry's more popular blue switches."

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March 8, 2013 | 09:12 PM - Posted by icebug

Having loved my Model M, before the casing broke in an unfortunate accident, I would love to try this. Using a Cherry Red keyboard now which I live for gaming, it seems quite soft for typing to me as I am a fairly heavy handed typist.

March 8, 2013 | 11:24 PM - Posted by pdjblum

If she was Martian.

March 9, 2013 | 04:50 AM - Posted by Branthog

No, I wouldn't. If I wanted a buckling spring keyboard, I would get the actual thing - not an expensive knock-off using "cherry mx switches". Don't get me wrong wrong with them and my primary keyboard uses brown switches (the fantastic Leopold Tenkeyless, which is designed by the same man behind the beloved Filco keyboard). However, I would go buy a Unicomp from PCKeyboard.com for about $30 less than this CM brand. Unicomp bought the IBM Model M license (and even their production plant, I believe) and are the only place licensed to produce the actual authentic Model M (with modern changes, of course -- like an option between PS/2 and USB and sans the heavy backplate that was found in the original Model Ms).

I've had mine for years and it's fantastic. The only reason I switched it out for my Leopold Tenkeyless is that buckling springs are not really a superior experience for a lot of gaming, where you may want an easier 'press' for activation. For this, I've found brown switches to be an acceptable jack-of-all-trades that are fine for gaming and coding, alike.

March 9, 2013 | 09:00 AM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

Nah, I wouldn't touch ANYTHING Cherry after having spent $275 on a gorgeous, white RealForce 87U TenKeyless variable weight from Elite Keyboards...

in fact, it's going for $235 right now...

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