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Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L keyboard and mouse review

So at the end of the day, how does the Cooler Master ‘memchanical' Masterkeys Lite keyboard and mouse combination stack up? Pretty well as it goes. It is an adequate surface to type on if you are not planning to write too many essays and works well enough for gaming.

The mouse too is perfectly capable and makes this set a great upgrade option for those looking to replace their stock mouse and keyboard with peripherals that look a lot nicer.

And without breaking the budget.

Of course though this is a set of products where you get what you pay for in some senses. Yes you get RGB lighting, but you can say memchanical all you like: this is a membrane keyboard. It feels, acts and behaves just like a membrane board, so do not go in expecting anything else.

Likewise the mouse is very much an entry level gaming mouse, so its styling is dull, it does not have many button options or remappable switches and its DPI settings are hardly broad – but you can get a pair of decent (ish) gaming peripherals for not a lot and you cannot say that for most gaming hardware.

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Personally, I would pay the extra to get a mechanical keyboard, but I am not the typical case as I spend all day typing on one. If I was just using it for a bit of evening gaming, the Masterkeys Lite would be a nice and affordable way to have a pretty looking keyboard without breaking the bank.

These peripherals look the part and have solid enough performance that they are a perfectly viable buy for gamers on a budget. High-end gamer gear this is not.

You can buy the Cooler Master Masterkeys Lite L combo pack for £50.

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Keyboard

Pros

  • Adequate for gaming and typing.
  • Lighting looks nice, mostly uniform.
  • Good price point.
  • Good mix of media keys.
  • FN key is in the right spot for media function.
  • Splash resistance keys.
  • Cherry Keycap compatibility is a nice touch.

Cons

  • Inferior to mechanical in gaming and typing (particularly the latter).
  • Has a spongy feel to its switches.
  • No back end software for customisation.
  • Backlighting is affected by sheer height of keys.
  • No wrist rest.
  • Lacks a number of features that gaming hardware typically comes with.

Mouse

Pros

  • Reasonably accurate and sensitive infrared sensor.
  • Works on all manner of surfaces.
  • Good price point.
  • Basic backlighting is a nice touch.
  • Mouse feet are smooth and fast.

Cons

  • Generic, rather boring looking. Can barely see Cooler Master logo.
  • No side grips means perspiration can be a problem.
  • No back end software for customisation.

KitGuru Says: The Masterkeys Lite kit is a decent set of gaming peripherals that would be a good upgrade from the kind of kit that is bundled with pre-built systems. If you can afford it, get a mechanical board as you will never look back, but if typing is not important to you, this will probably do you just fine.

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Rating: 7.5.

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