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Cooler Master jump on mechanical keyboard bandwagon

Cooler Master becomes the latest company to manufacture a mechanical keyboard.

People love the old-fashioned, the retro and the vintage. Or maybe they just love to feel like they are an extra in Mad Men. Either way, everyone worldwide is going nuts for the satisfying clunk of the typewriters of old.

However, a typewriter is essentially an obsolete, heavier Windows Notepad that runs out of ink and jams mid-sentence. The solution, you ask? Manufacture keyboards for computers that clunk like it's 1959.

Cooler Master is the latest company to join the club by adding the Trigger mechanical gaming keyboard to its Storm range of peripherals.

Switches placed beneath the keys give it the typewriter-esque feel, and the gold-plated cherry switches on the Trigger are durable enough to survive 50 million key strokes.

Gamers require a little more functionality than the average computer user from their mechanical keyboards, and Cooler Master has not let them down.

There are multi-media control keys that allow users to adjust sound control at their convenience. Five macro keys are free to be assigned for specific tasks with 64KB of memory storage available to host different profiles for the keys.

Up to six keys can be pressed at once to as part of the keyboard's anti-ghosting and there is 1000Hz of driverless polling and a 1ms response time.

Gamers can also plug in other peripherals into keyboard through the two 18K gold plated law latency USB 2.0 ports. Not that gold-plating USB ports really has much of an impact on performance, besides providing the accessory with a bit of bling.

If that's not enough, then there is a detachable wrist rest to give the player's hands some support during extended gaming sessions as well as a non-slip coating to stop the equipment sliding around on the desk.

The keyboard will set gamers back around £110, which makes the piece of kit not entirely unreasonable, but there are a number of others on the market which provide some stiff competition, particularly Corsair's K60.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801335391-ADNFCR