Cooler Master gaming keyboards offer switch type variety

Along with cases and cooling apparatus, Cooler Master also has some new gaming peripherals on display at CES. Meet the MasterKeys keyboards and Devastator II combo sets.

The MasterKeys Pro L and S keyboards are sleek-looking designs with Cherry MX clickers. Cooler Master says the RGB LED lighting in these is a patented design that should offer stronger colors than regular LED-lit keys. The Pro L is a full 104-key design, while the Pro S ditches the numpad for easier access to the mouse.

We took a look at these boards last night at Cooler Master's CES booth, and we can confirm that Cooler Master's approach to Cherry MX RGB switches looks great. Gamers can customize the lighting with multiple effects, too. As befits a keyboard of this caliber, the included software lets users record macros and set up multiple profiles.

If you prefer to keep things simple, the Devastator II keyboard and mouse set should be right up your alley. The keyboard has what Cooler Master calls "Mem-chanical" switches, which purportedly offer a "feel like mechanical switches with satisfying tactile feedback. The included mouse has an ambidextrous design with side buttons, and its sensor's sensitivity can go as high as 2,000 DPI. Both peripherals have single-color LED lighting, too. Cooler Master offers these sets dressed in red, blue, or green lights, and they'll cost about $30.

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    • just brew it!
    • 5 years ago

    I like the clean, simple look of the first two. Unfortunately, the RGB lighting means they’ll cost more than I’m willing to spend on a keyboard. Not that I’m really in the market for a new one anyway; my Gen I RK-9000s are still going strong all these years later.

      • flip-mode
      • 5 years ago

      I’m so proud of my cheap Dell keyboard that I’ve been banging on every work day since 2008. The letters are worn off a few of the keys but that gives it a kind of sentimental value. The finish is worn of the edges in a few places too. The keys are still reliable and comfortable to type on. This particular Dell keyboard model is the reason why every time a mechanical keyboard story comes up I just shrug. The great news is I’ve got a couple backups in storage should this one ever need replacing.

    • madmanmarz
    • 5 years ago

    I’ve bought 2 or 3 of the original devastators for people and I absolutely love them. While I don’t use the mouse personally, I use the keyboard – although not for gaming (use Nostromo) I love the keyboard lighting/simple media buttons and the keys are fantastic for typing. Plus, 30 friggin bux.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 5 years ago

    I’ll be picking up the Pro S for sure. Thanks CoolerMaster just when I was trying to break my keyboard habit you go and release this.

    Plus it looks like the Pro S uses the same keycaps as the Rapid-i which I really like.

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