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MasterKeys Pro S Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Lighting Review

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Cooler Master is a well-established brand in the tech industry for their well-priced PC components and peripherals. Cooler Master has consistently rewarded its customers and fans with the utmost in innovation, choice, and control. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their mechanical keyboards, the MasterKeys Pro S Mechanical Keyboard with Intelligent RGB, Cherry MX Blue Switches.

If you’re not familiar with the mechanical keyboard, it is a keyboard built with high quality, typically spring activated, key switches. These key switches vary based on the keyboard’s application or user preference. Depending on what you use with your PC, a mechanical keyboard could help you type more quickly and more accurately, and it will last far longer than a traditional rubber dome keyboard will.

Mechanical keyboards raise the bar in every way. A mechanical keyboard’s switches, framing, functionality, type print methods, key construction, PCB board, LED lighting (sharpness, brightness, adjustability), and a slew of other features are far superior compared to traditional rubber dome keyboards.

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Design

MasterKeys Pro S is a well-made mechanical keyboard with superior switches and the brightest LED backlighting. Simple design with minimal, very clean look but also sturdy. Built like a tank, primarily made of metal and plastic, the housing is thick and does not flex whenever force is applied. At the bottom are four rubber feet and two kickstands with rubber grips. The border around the keyboard is very thin, which looks nice and saves space.

Cooler Master engineers redefined RGB backlighting by modifying the printed circuit board (PCB) with small cutouts to let the LEDs sit snugly against the switches. That means you’re still able to use genuine Cherry MX switches with larger RGB housing, brighter LEDs. The concentrated light under the keycaps will let your keyboard’s LEDs pop and shine with vibrant colors. No dull muted colors here.

The MasterKeys Pro available in three range, the L (large or 100% Layout), M (medium or 90% Layout), and the S (small or 80% Layout) and there are three colors to choose from Cherry MX Brown, Blue, and Red. As a small board, the MasterKeys Pro S gets rid of the Numpad for better ergonomics by letting the right hand be much closer to the left while using a mouse.

Powered by a detachable micro-USB cable, allows you to take MasterKeys Pro S easily to any events. It’s nice and very convenience that the cable is detachable, however, the port located at the back of the keyboard is exposed so you might want to be careful when moving around and the micro-USB cable is a little too short, you may need to buy an additional cable to reach your PC if it’s away from you.

Features

The MasterKeys Pro S is decked out with RGB lighting complemented with a white Backplate to give off a cleaner look. The LED is located just above the switch and is contained in a clear housing. This makes the lighting of every key even as there is nothing blocking out the light coming from the LED. The LEDs are bright and shine through and around the caps perfectly.

Brilliant RGB lighting with 16.7 million colors – no dull, muted colors here. A patented design makes each per key LED pop-out and shine. RGB lighting works very well with a nice white background, the LEDs really shine no matter the color and shines through the letters on the keys, too.

The RGB lighting comes with several modes: steady, vertical wave, starburst, reactive, gaming, random, raining, breathing, shockwave, and the most fun of all, you can play snake with the LEDs. You can customize each color with or without software. This mean you can use it natively in any computer without the Cooler Master software. Perfect for any computer which you don’t have the admin privileges to install the software.

The LED, macro, and media keys are accessible through the function key with a combination of other keys. You can program multiple keystrokes to a single key or change Per-Key backlighting with intuitive keyboard commands. The mechanical keys work really well and smoothly typing experience due to its tactical click but it may annoy your office mates as its click-clack can be clearly heard across a quiet room.

Conclusion

MasterKeys Pro S is a minimal mechanical keyboard with a very clean look and help you saves space. This is the brightest backlit keyboard that we ever test, the LED light can shine through the letters on the keys in semi-dark conditions. Detachable micro-USB cable makes it ready for any events. It allowed you to play games longer compared to a full layout keyboard. This “S” range may not be the keyboard for anyone who constantly uses the Numpad. But for people who want to try a mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting, the MasterKeys Pro S is worth to try.

Highlights

  • Brilliant RGB lighting with 16.7 million colors – no dull, muted colors here. A patented design makes each per key LED pop-out and shine.
  • Multiple lighting modes – customize each color with or without software. Preset modes include color wave, Breathing, and unique responsive effects.
  • 100% authentic CHERRY MX Blue switches – gamers demand the best, which is why the MasterKeys Pro s only uses 100% authentic CHERRY MX switches.
  • On-the-fly macros and profile support – program multiple keystrokes to a single key or change Per-Key backlighting with intuitive keyboard commands.
  • 100% anti-ghosting – new tech rolls 6-key and N-key into one. No matter how fast and furious it gets, on iOS or Windows, your keyboard can handle it.

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