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Conclusions
Not everybody will be a fan of the Cherry MX greens. In fact, I'd wager they're a little too hard for the majority of typists—at least folks who've been spoiled by mushy chiclets and more gentle mechanical switches, like the MX browns. IBM's Model M was my daily driver for a number of years, and I enjoy going back to it on occasion, yet switching to the Trigger was a harrowing experience initially.

I think the learning curve would have been easier if the Trigger's shift, backspace, and enter keys felt consistent with their alphanumeric siblings. They don't, though. They're noticeably harder, which I found needlessly frustrating.

Those little niggles aside, the greens are the closest Cherry has come to replicating the feel of the IBM buckling springs. That counts for something, especially if you're someone hoping to find a modern, full-featured, and aesthetically pleasing keyboard that emulates the feel of the plain beige classic. Because, let's be honest: the Model M is not a pretty keyboard, and its Unicomp successors also won't be winning any beauty pageants. None of those keyboards have the same array of gamer-friendly features, like macro keys, as Cooler Master's offering, either. Mixing those state-of-the-art features with an old-school key response can be nice.

Just keep in mind that the Cherry MX greens will almost certainly give your fingers a workout.TR

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