CM STORM MECH
The Mech keyboard from CM Storm offers a level of durability beyond any of our other keyboards, thanks to an embedded steel keyboard plate and a distinctive aluminum top plate. Available in your choice of Cherry MX Red, Brown or Blue switches, the Mech also utilizes a 32-bit 72MHz Rapid Fire Engine processor for fast macro playback, with five dedicated macro keys and 64-key rollover.
The Mech has a very large integrated wrist rest. Unfortunately, the rest is completely flat and only starts to slope at the edge, which results in a flat, somewhat uncomfortable typing surface. The rest also sports an unusual asymmetric wedge shape with the keyboard’s aluminum plate jutting out on the left side, resulting in your left hand often resting on the cold metal. Further, the oversized right side of the rest seems unnecessarily large, especially considering that for most games, your right hand will be on your mouse. Adding to the Mech’s already large footprint is a built-in carrying handle, presumably for you to take it with you to gaming events, but due to its large size, this seems rather unpractical. The back of the keyboard has a connectivity hub with two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone port, microphone port and a micro-USB, which can be used for charging portable devices.
The Mech has five dedicated macro keys on the left side of the keyboard, each of which can store up to three macros each. To toggle between macros, the left and right alt keys double up as macro modifiers.
The white backlighting on the Mech has three modes: everything on, pulse and WASD only, with five brightness levels each, although there wasn’t much difference between the two highest levels. Lighting is controlled through Fn keys on F1 to F4, while F5 to F11 serve as media control keys. The Windows key has been relocated to the right side of the keyboard, but a Windows lock can also be activated with Fn + F12.
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A built-in carrying handle lets you take it to gaming events.
The Mech has a thick aluminum top plate for extra durability.