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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

Final Thoughts

 

We have seen quite a bit of what the MasterKeys mechanical keyboards offer in previous Cooler Master designs, and we have seen quite a few RGB LED keyboards that offer similar results, but there are some standalone features mixed in as well. First of all, the intensity of the LEDs in these designs is the brightest on the market. Using surface mount LEDs in the base of the switches, which just happen to have bodies made of clear plastic, allows a ton of light to shine through the caps and bounce off the white plate underneath. Then there is the level of control offered with these LEDs. Yes, you can pick any color, yes you can have a wave of colors moving across the keyboard, which is all well and good. The thing is, however, there is so much more to choose from, or design from the ground up. Mixing the various modes with the multi-layer option, completely customizing the entire keyboard, individually by color. Macro capability built-in, a mix of NKRO and 6-Key rollover support all at the same time, along with anti-ghosting that works, you should never find yourself not sending each and every key press to the PC.

 

 

The build quality is superb; there is no way to flex the frame, and there is not one vibration felt when typing on them. When we looked inside, we saw nothing in the form of residue left behind, just a PCB and components that are almost worthy of being called a work of art. Using the newest in technology on the market, Cooler Master also opted to move to the ARM Cortex M3 processor from Holtek for a boost in performance as well as overall speed. Also, keep in mind, you can do much of what we showed in the software without it if need be, just that some of the modes are tricky to get used to programming blind. It does help to have the software for a visual aid if you do plan to go deep into light programming. Most of the presets here will keep the masses enjoying what they have without even pondering the fully customizable mode or the multi-layer mode offered. No matter how you look at it, these Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro keyboards are truly designed with the maker spirit in mind to go right along with their previously released products, and we are sure, more to come later.

 

At this time, you will only be able to find the MasterKeys Pro L available for sale, and the listing should be near the $169.99 range, depending on where you decide to buy it. Don't forget; you are not just stuck with the red switches that we reviewed, you can opt for two other choices of browns or blues as well. If you happen to be a fan of TKLs like we are, you may want to hold onto your money for a few weeks. While we feel that the MasterKeys Pro L is worth every penny, with the MasterKeys Pro S, you get everything but the arrows and a number pad, just in a more compact form. You also save yourself $30, as the MSRP for the MasterKeys Pro S is only set to $139.99.

 

If you like sleek and simplistic designs without huge borders and other funky, eye-catching design features, yet love what RGB LEDs offer, Cooler Master has products worthy of the meme, "Shut Up and Take My Money!" with Fry handing over cash. In our opinion, outside of something like a ROCCAT mechanical keyboard, this is the most controllable, feature rich keyboard on the market, and does not take up half of your desk like others will. For our hard earned dollars, we would be in line for these Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L and MasterKeys Pro S keyboards, if you want the latest and greatest available, all in a clean and tidy package.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance100%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features100%
Bundle and Packaging98%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating99%

The Bottom Line: Whether you opt for the L or the S model, the Master Keys Pro keyboards are top of the class! The brightest LED keyboard we have seen, so many color options and ways to address coloration, modes, Macros, and anti-ghosting... there really are too many reasons to list why you should buy one of these two keyboards.

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