The Trigger has a 5V DC input in case your USB deices require more power. Note the trigger does not include a 5V DC cable.
The Trigger comes equipped with 5 macro keys.
Setting up macros with the Trigger (and Macro software) is generally intuitive and simple. During our review macros were created for, Counter Strike Global Offensive, and Star Craft II. In game no issues were found. The one qualm had with the macro software came when saving macros to the keyboards internal memory. Saving is not the most intuitive process. Once a few profiles have been saved the process becomes more familiar. Another feature to note is that the keyboard, once in windows disables the windows key by default, some will consider this a plus and others will be annoyed, regardless it is not a concern once your own macros are set up.
The Trigger features 3 LEDs for Screen lock, Caps lock, and Numlock. Besides these the keyboard also features red LEDs on all keys.
The Keys are configurable to All illuminated or WASD. In addition, to which LEDs are firing the LEDs can be configured to on, off or pulse modes.
You will notice we have included a photo of the backlight in a lit scenario, anyone can increase the exposure on their camera to make a backlight look impressive, at TechReaction we want to give you a realistic idea of what to expect.
The texture of the keys on the trigger provide slightly more friction than standard keyboard keys this gives the Trigger a slight unique feel to those looking for it.
How quickly and consistently keys respond can make or break a keyboard. If you have used a keyboard with Cherry Brown switches before you have an idea of how the board will perform. Cherry brown switches are more responsive than blue switches, and less so than black or red. Personally, the keys on the Trigger, were found to be responsive, and allowed for confident quick key sequences in games like Starcraft II.
If you have not used Cherry switches, they are arguably the best mechanical switches for keyboards today. In reality it comes down to what you are looking for in a keyboard. After 3+ weeks of use at TechREACTION we were not only accustomed to the MX brown switches on CM Storm series keyboards.
The CM Storm: Trigger comes with ‘Super Grip’ Keycaps
The keys on the Trigger feel durable to the touch and were at no point in the review damaged. (More on this in the Key section)
The CM Storm Trigger does require drivers for use, and has some issues with when they are not present.