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Component maker has exclusive contract on desirable "green" CHERRY Switches

Wrapping up one of the odds and ends of what we saw at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, we spent some time talking with Cooler Master, a top Taiwanese manufacturer, of computer components and peripherals.

Cooler Master is among the component makers to jump on the revival of mechanical keyboards.  It is offering a revamped series of keyboards this spring, with a broad range of responses.

Mechanical keyboards share a common component for the key-switches -- so called "CHERRY Switches" -- special switches manufactured by a subsidiary of German automotive electronics giant ZF Friedrichshafen AG.  Each kind of CHERRY switch has a different response and goes by a different color.  

Cooler Master has one of the broadest lines of keyboards in terms of different colors of CHERRY Switches.  It is offering a brown CHERRY, which offers a softer keystroke with "more bump".  It's also offering the very loose/clicky blue CHERRY Switch.  And Cooler Master has an exclusive contract to manufacture devices based on the green CHERRY Switch, a switch that offers a very nice feel that's akin to a more controlled blue CHERRY.

CHERRY green keyboard
Cooler Master has exclusive rights to the "green" kind of CHERRY Switch.

The company is pushing out a line of stands for Apple, Inc. (AAPL) products, supporting everything from the iPad to MacBook Pro laptops.

The company also showed off a new case, dubbed the ATCS 710 features a beefy 240 mm fan at its top and accomodates a full ATX board.  The ATCS 710 ships in Q2 at an undetermined price point.

ATCS 710
The ATCS 710 injects itself into the ATX budget-to-midrange case competition.

The reps also showed off an interesting hybrid closed-loop cooler dubbed "Eisberg".  Designed and engineered in Germany,.  A closed loop design, the unusual aspect is that the copper block also supports integration in custom cooling solutions via its g1/4 fittings.  In other words, it's an out of the box solution that can also be expanded on for later DIY projects.  

It will be sold in one variation as a block only, or alternatively packaged with a full 120 mm fan/radiator extension.  It will debut in Q2 in Europe, but will jump to the U.S. in Q3.

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By Jedi2155 on 1/15/2013 8:34:43 PM , Rating: 2
I've been wanting a good alternative to Silverstone/Lian-Li designs for a while and was always reminiscing on the great Cooler Master Wave Masters, ATC, and ATCS cases of times past.....

This just might be my next case...

By wired00 on 1/15/2013 10:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
I recently bought a Coolermaster Quickfire Pro (black cherry switches) and a mate got the same but with Red Cheery. Both fantastic switches but I prefer the slightly firmer black cherry.

I highly recommend these keyboards the quality is amazing. I think i could just about use the thing to hammer stakes into the ground. Its solid. very solid. :)

I use it mainly for RTS games such as SC2, FPS games and typing. Its a perfect gaming keyboard @ ~ $100 its a little pricey but i think its great.

I'm interested how the green keys feel

By Samus on 1/16/2013 1:30:32 AM , Rating: 2
These green switches sound amazing...

By Alpha4 on 1/16/2013 2:56:26 AM , Rating: 2
What are these switches you guys speak of?

By Omega215D on 1/16/2013 2:58:53 AM , Rating: 2
By TakinYourPoints on 1/16/2013 3:00:12 AM , Rating: 1
Green switches don't seem like they'd be the best for gaming. The thing that's great about red and black switches is that they allow for fast and easy key spamming.

I've owned keyboards with brown, clear, black, and red switches, and the linear red/black are my preference. They're excellent for RTS and anything that requires very fast input.

Greens are tactile, clicky, and high resistance. It is basically a Cherry clear switch (tactile/force) with an added click. They're good for typists that want to use Cherry mechanical switches but are prone to making mistakes with the lighter blues or browns. It is much closer to a Model M than anything else Cherry or Alps makes.

By daar on 1/15/2013 10:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
for keyboards, especially the CM ones, have generally not been that thorough. If it's a non-macro keyboard, you have lots of brands to choose from with good deals floating around, and for the CM macro keyboard, the software is bloated/clunky and buggy.

RE: Reviews
By wired00 on 1/15/2013 11:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
Do you actually own one of their mechanical keyboards?

RE: Reviews
By Omega215D on 1/16/2013 3:01:13 AM , Rating: 2
I'm currently using a CM Storm Trigger. The keyboard feels great to use and has even back lighting. The software isn't really buggy or bloated but does take some getting used to but Corsair and Razer are no better and can be much worse (Synapse 2.0 or Corsair's macro setup).

For the price you can't go wrong in buying Cooler Master.

How do greens compare to Buckling Spring?
By BurnItDwn on 1/16/2013 11:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
I've got a Das 2 (which has the blue cherries), and a bunch of IBM Model M's. I very much prefer the Model M over the Das 2 due to better tactile response.

How do these greens compare to Buckling spring?

Just curious as my keyboards are all 15-25 years old, and I've noticed motherboards don't always have ps2 slots any more...

Otherwise I May have to place an order for a Unicomp keyboard...

By TakinYourPoints on 1/16/2013 7:33:51 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing will match the ground rattling KA-CHUNK of a spring frigging losing structural integrity and smashing into a switch. :)

If you're looking for something as tactile then I think you'll have to go with a Unicomp. I briefly owned a keyboard with Cherry clear switches, which is pretty much the same as the green minus the audible click. It requires a lot of pressure to actuate and has a tactile bump, but buckling switches really do have a feel of their own.

By BifurcatedBoat on 1/16/2013 8:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
Every programmer I know uses the split ergonomic design, and we're the type of people who will pay for a quality input device.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/17/2013 1:35:19 AM , Rating: 2
Its a shame that split mechanical keyboards are such niche devices. They cost so much, but it seems like there is enough demand out there that someone could do a good job selling them at a mass market price ($130 or so).

An ergonomic split keyboard with Cherry browns seems like a no-brainer. I see enough posts on forums to see that the demand is there.

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