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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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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.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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