After spending a few days writing a 6500-word scientific report for uni, I finally realised that I needed a decent keyboard if I am ever going to write another report similar to what I wrote last week. I had heard of mechanical keyboards and how they were considered far superior to a cheap membrane keyboard but could never justify spending hundreds of dollars on a keyboard when I could get one with a mouse for under $30. After realising I still had unclaimed “course related costs” I decided to bite the bullet and look around for one.
After looking online for a bit and seeing what was available locally, I found a Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro-L for $208 so I decided this was the time to apply for some money and buy this keyboard. With the money arriving in my account the next day, I headed out to my local PC parts store and tried a couple of different models to see what key switch would best be suited for my application along with what I believed felt comfortable. As I rarely game these days and focus more on typing due to uni and this site, the Cherry MX Brown switches felt like the best option.
So what are my thoughts on this product? Well the RGB lighting option is pretty eye-catching for starters especially as each key can be allocated a different colour which I think is a pretty cool feature. It is on the smaller size with no real free space on the board itself with Coolermaster relying on placing their logo over the windows keys but this, in my opinion, fits in well with a minimalist design which they must have been going for.
The software that is provided to control the lighting is really easy to use and provides a few preset options along with being fully customisable to whatever you want it to be. There is no software control for macros which sucks but hopefully this is a future option. Programming them via the keyboard is really confusing and the instructions surrounding this feature is lacking somewhat.
With the Cherry MX Brown switches it’s not too loud to type on although as this is my first real mechanical keyboard since I was a child, I still manage to be a little heavy handed and bottom out the keys which do contribute to the majority of the noise I have experienced so far.
Connectivity is via a 1.5 meter braided USB cable which connects to the board via a micro USB connector. This I like as it enables the user to swap out cables if it becomes damaged or a longer cable is required. Or if one needs to charge their phone and cannot find their charger. A key cap removal tool was provided which makes removal of the caps for cleaning really easy. It is a bit weighty at just over 1 kg but it holds its place on your desk really well.
It’s certainly not your top of the range gaming keyboard by any means but it works well, looks good and is minimalist in design which I really like. Overall I’d rate it a 4.5 out of 5