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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

Software

 

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Software installation is simple, and once done, we can get into a visual way of programming the MasterKeys keyboards. In LED mode, we see a large image of all of the keys which are currently backlit white. Below the keyboard, we find presets, currently in "static" mode, and offers the LEDs all to be on, and the same color. To the right, you can click on the thin bar, and pinpoint a specific shade in the box above. You can also use the RGB sliders or code entry method.

 

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Still on Profile 1 at the bottom of the screen, we selected the next LED mode. This is the "Color Wave" mode, and it even offers the ability to change the LED flow in four directions. Along with all the color choices on the right, which do does not apply here, we can use the speed selector at the bottom of them to address how fast the wave moves over the keyboard.

 

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"Cross Mode" offers a different lighting scheme. This time, again with a color selection option, using this mode offers a horizontal and vertical line of LED lighting with each key pressed. So say we pressed the H key, F4, 6, Y, H, N, and the space bar will light, as well as the entire row containing H.

 

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"Single Key" mode is exactly what it sounds like - it leaves all the lights off as "Cross Mode" did, but when a key is pressed, this time, only that key lights while pressed. Also, note the checkboxes we have been seeing. If they are highlighted red, they can be cycled through via the F4 key, but you can also turn them off by deselecting the red from each box.

 

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When it comes to doing it all yourself, you need the "Customize" mode for that. Here you can select each key, assign it its color, and repeat this as many times as you want to. This way you can set gaming profiles, and you can color code keys for a beginner, of just light the keys you use, to lessen the LEDs impact on your eyes when the room is pitch black.

 

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The "Star Effect" is a random twinkling of LEDs under a few keys at once. Color can be selected here to make them appear the way you want to. Clicking on "Sky" to the right seemed to have no effect, at least, nothing we perceived.

 

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If you want the look of drops of rain running down a pane of glass, "Rain Drop" mode is what you are looking for. While you can pick the color, the stream of lighting is random as it runs from the top to the bottom, as is slowly illuminates LEDs to look like they are moving naturally.

 

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If you are wanting the full gamut of LED colors but aren't fond of the movement associated with "color wave" mode, "Color Cycle" may be more your speed. Here the keyboard will cycle through all of the LED color choices, but the entire keyboard shifts color in unison, without the disorienting effect, if you look at the keyboard a lot.

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