Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to the vast amount of mechanical keyboards in the mainstream market today, one company has made an impression on me that has stuck. When others ask me as to which keyboards they should look at, usually advice has always been to look at what Cooler Master is making.
While there are many out there who like oddly shaped designs, keyboards with interchangeable switches, additional bits, and bobs, and various colors, accents, and features that in the grand scheme of things is not needed to make the product work any better. When it comes to a long line of solid mechanical keyboards that have proven in our own hands to last for what seems like forever, Cooler Master is a company which will always find a place on our desk.
It used to be the CM Storm Trigger with Cherry MX green switches which was the go-to mechanical keyboard of choice, and that thing sat on our desk for years until we passed it on to a fellow reviewer who was in need. At that point, the next workhorse of the fleet has been the Rapid-I keyboard, this time with blue switches, but something was missing.
While many think of RGB as a fad and cannot understand that there is more to it than a rainbow of lights, changing products as often as we do, we love the fact that the largest thing on the desk can be set to match the overall theme. While in most instance, we do prefer stiff switches and a TLK layout, every once in a while, we come across a keyboard which does so well; we do not mind the extra set of buttons on the right end of the board.
Step in Cooler Master once again. This time as part of the Masterkeys series, we have found yet another keyboard that will happily be used for many years to follow. Many things come to mind as to why this is so. With the latest keyboard we got from Cooler Master, it can be used driverless, which is something we love in gaming mechanical keyboards.
Of course, we have already alluded to the fact that RGB lighting is also a key feature for us in current times, and we are suckers for keyboards with detachable cables. All of this can be found in the Masterkeys MK750, and the way it is laid out and features offered means there is minimal time needed to customize it, set Macros, or adjust the MK750 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Lightbar, which are all great things to have.
In the chart provided by Cooler Master, we can see that the MK750 comes with three switch options. All of them use Cherry MX switches, but they can be had with brown, red, or as ours is, blue mechanical switches. Plastic is used for the frame and the keycaps. But in the Masterkeys MK750, we also have an exposed aluminum top plate, and when in use, the top of the palm rest is made of leather.
While the majority of the keyboard is black, outside of the RGB color options the LEDs deliver, the aluminum plate is slightly lighter in color and is in fact "gunmetal" black, but it may be the matte finish that helps to deceive the eyes.
Internally, we find features like the 1000 Hz default polling rate, and a 1ms response rate. The MK750 is built using a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 MCU at the helm, which allows for the driverless functionality, Macro recording, various lighting modes and options, and is also where the 512KB of onboard memory is found.
There are four dedicated multimedia keys in the top-right corner of the keyboard, but there are with a secondary function on keys as well. As to the last few features, they are external, where we cover things like the smart cable management that allows for cable routing, the removable magnetic leather wrist rest, and the cable is not only detachable, but the connection on it is USB Type-C.
We are fully aware that features and new designs do not typically come cheaply, and this is an instance where you will have to shell out a little more money to get the MK750. Not as bad as some keyboards with similar features, whether looking to Newegg or Amazon to get it from, you are asked to pay $1499.99 for this Masterkeys keyboard.
With that said, we do also see that right now, Newegg is trying a bit harder for your money, as they are giving out Cooler Master RGB mouse pads free with purchase. The price may be high for some, but in our experience, we have never met a Cooler Master keyboard that was not fairly priced, nor have we had one puke on us prematurely.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master Masterkeys MK750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Masterkeys MK750 Continued]
- Page 5 [Inside the Masterkeys MK750]
- Page 6 [The Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]