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Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L / S Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 11:54 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Inside the MasterKeys Pro

 

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Along with the fact that these are indeed Cherry MX red switches, we see that the bodies of each switch are clear. This way all the color options and the attention to provide some of the brightest LEDs, and by painting the steel plate white, these all combine to flood the keyboard with brilliant LED coloration. We also see that the torsion bars are built under the switches, making key cap removal a cinch.

 

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These key caps are pretty standard. They are molded in an opaque white plastic and are then painted, leaving the legends blank to allow the LED light to pass right through them.

 

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While only four screws hold the keyboards together, there is a series of clips around the edge that lock the two components together as well. Inside we see ridges on the base to support the PCB, and inside of the lid are various standoffs to keep this together as one solid, singular component, once reassembled.

 

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Honestly, this is the cleanest looking design we have seen to date. Not only is the soldering done well, and all remnants of residue removed, the surface mount LEDs, the resistors, and the traces, it is too bad most will never see this.

 

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The 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 MCU of choice in both keyboards is found to be this. Cooler Master opted to use the 72MHz Holtek HT32F1654 for its speed boost, and control level needed to offer a keyboard of this caliber in its feature set.

 

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Just to give you some idea of its potential, we set the MasterKeys Pro S in "color wave" mode, moving from left to right. There is plenty more that this keyboard can do, but this way we get to see most of the color options in one shot.

 

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This is one of the pre-programmed lighting modes as well, offering the ability to customize the keyboard to do whatever you want it to with lighting. This shows only certain keys set up, but this can be done across the entire keyboard, in any color combination you wish to set.

 

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Lastly, we also wanted to give the MasterKeys Pro L a shout out, all powered and looking great. It too is in "color wave" mode, but has thirteen or fourteen other lighting options, not counting what you can come up with in "custom" mode.

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