Tech Tuesday: CM Storm Mech keyboard
Following the CM Storm Reaper from last week’s Tech Tuesday I took a gander at the other half of this pro gaming set by CoolerMaster. Rocking the same stylish metal finish as the Reaper, this keyboard looks the part but how does it stand up against the industry big dogs?
It’s easy to dismiss the CM Storm Reaper as rough looking. The flat single piece metal overlay is confronting particularly when most keyboards sport no other aesthetics other than glowing sections and decals. With only one buffed section on the bottom left corner the design is simple to say the least. But, just like the Reaper, the design is a statement. You are free to remove the plate to colour, repaint or replace it if that’s what you desire.
The same metal/white LED design of the Reaper has been applied to keep the aesthetic the same and you can tell from the second you pull this from the box that it is built to last. It’s heavy but once on the desk it takes up no more space than a normal gaming keyboard and it has a stylish handle on one side in case you need to use it for self defence.
Again like the Reaper, the Mech does not allow gamers to customise the LED colours but offers different lighting options discerned by their descriptive mode names such as Full On, Breathing and Gamer Mode lighting up only the W, A, S, D keys and the important gaming buttons. Honestly, I think it doesn’t hit with the same impact the Reaper does in terms of style. The lack of flash seems a little more noticeable. However, it’s still very unique and I’m yet to talk about what’s under the hood.
Apart from its quality build the CM Storm Mech is the first keyboard I have ever used rocking a USB3 interface. This is a really good starting point as it only needs one port on your computer as opposed to the usual two. Once you have attached the removable USB cable to the keyboard it offers you direct headphone and microphone connections and also acts as a hub, supplying two USB3 plugs for your mouse or your USB keys.
The keyboard is very comfortable to use. The large metal surface oddly enough has an unmentioned second feature to dissipate heat keeping your hands cool during long sessions of gaming. The Mech uses Cherry MX Red switches, which means the keys are super responsive and robust with an audible click per keystroke.. Plus the button presses are smooth, which helps to fight off stiff finger syndrome after a few hours of gaming.
The Mech keyboard is a rock solid addition to the CM Storm line. The use of USB3 and removable face plate are both interesting and unique options which put CoolerMaster right back in front as far as innovation is concerned. The Mech is easily my favourite new keyboard in a while. PC gamers would be wise to consider this for their next upgrade, or when your old one just isn’t preforming any more.
For more info (and some sweet product shots) check out the breakdown on the Cooler Master website here.