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Cooler Master CMSTORM MECH Gaming Keyboard Manual

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Cooler Master CMSTORM MECH Gaming Keyboard

Cooler Master CM STORM MECH Gaming Keyboard

INTRODUCTION

The CM Storm Mech is the first mechanical keyboard from the new Aluminum series performance peripherals by Cooler Master. This mechanical keyboard has been built with the combined strength of durability, utility, capability, and style. This manual is here to help make you comfortable with both your mechanical keyboard, and its available software and to ensure you are getting the most out of what the keyboard has to offer. Cooler Master has a strong history with aluminum. Thanks to case lines like the Cosmos or ATCS, we are very comfortable with aluminum and we know how to form it into high-quality designs and high-quality products. That same attitude is being brought into the CM Storm line with the Aluminum series of peripherals.

We’re combining both form and function to make something fantastic. We want to make sure you have the best hardware available to you. The Mech comes with three options of the popular Cherry MX mechanical switches: Blue, Brown, and Red. These switches are rated for millions of key presses and offer mechanical functionality suited to your needs. With a tough and gorgeous aluminum shell, 64-key rollover, a USB 3.0, and an audio/microphone hub, the Mech offers powerful and convenient features. The CM Storm Mech software is robust.

Almost every single key on the Mech is customizable to be everything from standard keyboard functions to opening programs to fully programmed macros. You can save up to five button and macro profiles to be active on the keyboard, easily switching with a button combination or in the software so you can have your custom setups for whichever game or spreadsheet you’re working on. If this guide does not answer a question about this device or you have any questions about any other Cooler Master product, do not hesitate to find help at http://support.coolermaster.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Part Number: SGK-7000-MBCL1, SGK-7000-MBCM1, SGK-7000-MBCR1
  • Key Switch: Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red
  • N Key Rollover: 64
  • Macro Keys: 15 per profile
  • Profiles: 5
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz / 1ms
  • Backlight: White LEDs, All Keys, 5 brightness settings, 3 modes
  • Keycaps: ABS Plastic, removable
  • Output hub: 2x USB 3.0 port, mini-USB port for charging
  • Audio: 3.5mm port for audio out and 3.5mm port for microphone
  • On-board Memory: 128 KB
  • Windows Key Lock: Yes
  • Media keys: Yes, Function F keys
  • USB Cable: Removable USB 3.0
  • Dimensions (mm): 553 L x 267 W x 43 H
  • Dimension (in): 21.7 L x 10.5 W x 1.7 H
  • Weight: 1686g / 3.71 lbs

INSTALLATION GUIDE

  1. Plug the CM Storm Mech keyboard into your computerCooler Master CM STORM MECH Gaming Keyboard 1
  2. Obtain the software at http://www.cmstorm.com or http://www.coolermaster-usa.com
  3. Run the installer and follow its instructions.Cooler Master CM STORM MECH Gaming Keyboard 2
  4. Launch the Mech software and allow it to configure for the first time.Cooler Master CM STORM MECH Gaming Keyboard 3
  5. Refer to the Software Guide below for support on use.
  6. Enjoy!

DEVICE LAYOUT

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  1. F1-F4 Function controls for LEDs
  2. F5-F11 Function controls for media and volume
  3. F12 Function control for Windows Key Lock
  4. 32bit ARM Processor for profile and macro use
  5. Sturdy handle for easy transport
  6. Built-in extra macro keys
  7. Embedded steel plate with aluminum cover
  8. LED indicators for Num, Caps, and Scroll locks
  9. USB 3.0 port in from a computer
  10. Mini-USB port for charging
  11. Two USB 3.0 ports as added USB 3.0 hub
  12. 3.5mm Microphone / Audio In port
  13. 3.5mm Speakers / Headphones / Audio Out port

SOFTWARE GUIDE

Storm CFG Tab

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The Storm CFG tab is the default tab when you first open the Mech software. On this page, you can change the functions of nearly every button on your keyboard. The top area will show a button that you have clicked/highlighted and what functions you can put on it.

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The bottom area is where you can choose the button you want to change the function of, which will show up in the top area. Once a button is selected, the upper right will show all of the available functions.

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You can choose what that button does by clicking the red buttons in the upper right.

  • Default Key – The default function of that key as listed on the key itself
  • Single Key – Change one key to another
  • Macro – Run a programmed macro from the Macro Studio tab
  • Advanced – Change to advanced functions like Volume control
  • No Function – Turns off all functions of that key
  • Launch Program – Key used to run a piece of software on your PC

The colored boxes next to the red buttons allow you to change the highlight color to see what buttons on the keyboard layout have been changed.

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You can close the software with the X at the top and it will auto-save the new function you selected to the currently selected Profile on the bottom. You can also use this tab to select your currently active profile or use the button default combination of the right FN +1 through 5 on the number bar for the corresponding profile when not viewing the software.

The profiles tab is where you can swap the arrangement of the profiles on your keyboard and transfer profiles between the keyboard and your computer. The top you can change the names of the profiles by double-clicking on the names, and bringing up a text box for them to rename.

Under the Application column, you can put in a program that, when combined with Auto Switch, will trigger the keyboard to automatically switch to that profile when that program runs on your computer.

The buttons on the bottom will also highlight after selecting profiles in the above windows:

  • New – Creates a new profile
  • Delete – Deletes the selected profile
  • Copy – Makes a copy of the selected profile
  • Apply – Press this after making changes before minimizing or changing tabs to apply any changes made on this page.

The Macro Studio tab is where you manage, create, edit, and erase macro programs for your Mech. There are a few ways to build macros. The easiest method is to click New at the top left, enter the name, and then the Record button on the bottom bar between the Stop square and Play arrow.

When you click the record button, you will get a popup menu with a few options:

  • 1:1 Mode – This will record the timing between your button presses and releases when you are recording
  • Speed Mode – You insert a time delay in the number field (measured in milliseconds) that will happen between every button press and release
  • God mode – No time delays between actions.

Once your time selection is chosen and you select OK, the recording begins. You can put in up to 25 separate button presses in up to 30 seconds per macro. The example below shows some of a macro that will output “hello!!!” when triggered.

The next method for making a macro is by once again clicking New in the top left, naming the macro, and then going to the Action dropdown on the upper right. Once clicked, it provides options including key presses and combinations such as Print, Copy, and Paste.

Once a command has been selected, you can adjust the Start and End times for the action, then press the Insert button. Once inserted, the key press or combination will show up in the grid below. A virtual keyboard will also pop up for editing purposes, as explained below.

Regardless of how the macro was created, they can be edited in the same ways. Once you click Save on the upper left and a macro is selected in the dropdown menu, you have major editing options:

  • New – Creates a new macro
  • Copy – Makes a copy of the selected macro
  • Delete – Completely removes the selected macro

When you have a macro selected, you can click on a button within the grid. This will highlight that action in green and highlight the entire action row. You will also see a virtual keyboard and mouse show up as previously mentioned. You can change the highlighted button action with this virtual keyboard and mouse screen, such as changing the highlighted P to a V to change the macro command above from Print to Paste.

The options in the upper right corner also allow you to change the highlight action. You can change the action to another button combination or set it back to a key press. You can also Copy and Delete the specific action from here as well.

Once you have finished building a new macro or editing one, be sure to click the Save button underneath the Select Macro dropdown for the Macro to save.

Once saved, the macro will show up on the Storm CFG tab when a button is selected to run the macro. The macro can be run a single time, 2 to 10 times, toggled on a loop, or continue to loop while the macro button is held down according to the buttons on the upper right when assigning the macro. Click OK to assign that macro.

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LEGAL INFORMATION

Cooler Master Warranty
Warranty all (non-networking) products purchased from COOLER MASTER as free from defects in material and workmanship for normal use by the original purchaser for the warranty period. The Cooler Master Warranty would like to assure all of the users of Cooler Master Products that to are free from any defects as a result of faulty manufacturing or faulty components under the following terms and conditions: COOLER MASTER is not responsible for damage to or loss of any programs, data, or removable storage media. You are responsible for backing up any programs or data on removable storage media.

Except for the warranties set forth herein, COOLER MASTER disclaims all other warranties, expressed or implied, or statutory, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Any implied warranties that may be imposed by applicable law are limited to the terms of this limited warranty. In no event shall COOLER MASTER be liable for any incidental, special, or consequential damages, including but not limited to loss of business, profits, data, or use, whether in an action in contract or tort or based on a warranty, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of the product, even if COOLER MASTER has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

You agree that repair, and replacement, as applicable, under the warranty services described herein is your sole and exclusive remedy concerning any breach of the COOLER MASTER limited warranty set forth herein. if, despite the foregoing limitations, for any reason, COOLER MASTER becomes liable to you for damages incurred by you in connection with this agreement, then, the liability of COOLER MASTER will be limited to the amount equal to the latest distributor price.

Some states or provinces/jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages for consumer products, and some states or provinces/jurisdictions do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts. In such states or provinces/jurisdictions, the exclusions or limitations of this limited warranty may not apply to you.  This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that vary from state to state/jurisdiction to jurisdiction. You are advised to consult applicable state and provincial/local laws.

  1. Warranty Length
    All products from Cooler Master at least carry 1 year warranty from the date of purchase, except power supply units which carry a 2-5 year warranty. If no proof of purchase (receipt or invoice of purchase) can be presented upon request, Cooler Master cannot be held responsible for warranty service.
  2. Who is Protected?
    The original customer purchasing the Cooler Master Product is covered under the Cooler Master Warranty Program.
  3. What is and is NOT Covered
    It is important to note that our warranty is not an unconditional guarantee for the duration of the Program. Any replaced parts become the property of the Cooler Master. The Program does not apply to the software component of a product or a product that has been damaged due to accident, misuse, abuse, improper installation, usage not by product specifications and instructions, natural or personal disaster, or unauthorized alterations, repairs, or modifications. The Program does not cover any events such as below:
  • Any damages are unrelated to manufacturing defects.
  • Any unsuitable environment or use of the product in Cooler Master Opinion.
  • Any product which has been modified without official permission from Cooler Master, or on which the serial number or warranty sticker has been defaced, modified, or removed.

Damage, deterioration, or malfunction resulting from:

  • Accident, abuse, misuse, neglect, fire, water, lightning, or other acts of god, commercial or industrial use, unauthorized product modification, or failure to follow instructions included with the product.
  • Third-party products using Cooler Master Components will not be covered by warranty. See your vendor or the manufacturer for information about servicing.
  • Repair or attempted repair by anyone not authorized by Cooler Master, Inc.
  • Any shipment damages (claims MUST be made with the carrier).
  • Unauthorized repairs to a Cooler Master product (power supplies) will void the warranty offered by the Program. Cooler Master reserves the right to refuse to service any product that has been altered, modified, or repaired by non-Cooler Master Service personnel.
  • Cooler Master does not warrant that this product will meet your requirements. It is your responsibility to determine the suitability of this product for your purpose.
  • Removal or installation charges.
  • You are responsible for the cost of shipping the product to Cooler Master. Cooler Master pays the cost of returning a product to you.
  • Cooler Master reserves the right to replace the product with a service product at their sole discretion at any time.

Exclusion of Damages (Disclaimer)
Cooler Master’s sole obligation and liability under this Program is limited to the repair or replacement of a defective product at our discretion. Cooler Master shall not, in any event, be liable to the purchaser or any third party for any incidental or consequential damage, (including, but not limited to, damages resulting from interruption of service and loss of business), or liability in tort relating to this product or resulting from its use or possession.

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Faqs About Cooler Master CMSTORM MECH Gaming Keyboard

Is the CMSTORM MECH compatible with all operating systems?

The CMSTORM MECH is primarily designed for Windows OS. While it may work with other operating systems like macOS and Linux, some features, such as software-based customization and macros, may not be fully supported.

Does the CMSTORM MECH support N-Key Rollover?

Yes, the CMSTORM MECH supports full N-Key Rollover (NKRO) and Anti-Ghosting, ensuring that every keypress is registered accurately even during fast and complex key combinations.

Can I replace the keycaps on the CMSTORM MECH?

Yes, the keycaps on the CMSTORM MECH are removable and replaceable. Users can customize their keyboard with aftermarket keycap sets that are compatible with Cherry MX switches.

What is included in the box with the CMSTORM MECH?

The package typically includes the keyboard, a detachable USB cable, a keycap puller tool, a wrist rest, and a user manual.

How do I set up macros on the CMSTORM MECH?

Macros can be set up using the Cooler Master software. The software allows you to record key sequences and assign them to specific macro keys. You can also manage multiple profiles for different games or applications.

Does the keyboard have a wrist rest?

Yes, the CMSTORM MECH comes with an optional wrist rest to provide ergonomic support during long gaming sessions.

What are the dimensions and weight of the CMSTORM MECH?

The CMSTORM MECH measures approximately 553 x 267 x 43 mm and weighs around 1.6 kg. Its robust build makes it slightly heavier than standard keyboards but provides added stability.

Is the CMSTORM MECH hot-swappable?

No, the CMSTORM MECH is not hot-swappable. This means that the switches are soldered to the PCB and cannot be replaced without desoldering.

How do I update the firmware on the CMSTORM MECH?

Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Cooler Master website. The process typically involves downloading the firmware file and using the provided software to install the update on the keyboard.

What type of USB connection does the CMSTORM MECH use?

The keyboard uses a USB 2.0 connection with a detachable cable. The detachable nature of the cable aids in portability and ease of replacement if needed.

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