There is a lot to like about Cooler Master’s Master Keys Pro S keyboard. While the name could do with a bit of a trim, it is clear that no corners have been cut on the keyboard itself, which delivers an excellent typing experience thanks to the Cherry MX brown switches and customizable RGB lighting effects that will make it fit at home in any setup.
The ten-keyless design means that this keyboard leaves a small footprint on the desk and would work well for travel. However, the detachable cable Cooler Master has placed in the box is a bit short and only just managed to reach my PC on the floor by my desk.
Cooler Master’s software features an easy to navigate design and a surprising amount of effects for the RGB lighting. It isn’t quite as advanced or comprehensive as other solutions from the likes of Razer or Corsair but it is responsive and works well.
The keyboard itself has plenty of function buttons, allowing you to adjust colours on the fly, speed up or slow down lighting effects, record macros or open up the Windows Store. In all, it is a fantastic package and may well be my favourite compact keyboard to date.
The Cooler Master ‘Master Keys Pro S’ keyboard is available from today with a
price tag of £89.99- A very competitive price point, especially when you consider that competing 10-keyless boards from Razer or Logitech will cost you over the £100 mark.
Update (14:59): There appears to have been a miscommunication in the pricing for the Master Keys Pro S. This keyboard will actually hit retail with an RRP of £109.99, rather than £89.99. While this is more expensive, I do still believe that this is a quality keyboard that holds up well against the competition even at this price point. As a result, the final score will remain unchanged.
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- Cherry MX switches.
- RGB lighting.
- Lots of function key commands.
- Compact design.
- The supplied cable is a bit short.
- No macro recording via software.
KitGuru Says: The Master Keys S is an excellent keyboard that pulls no punches with Cherry MX switches, RGB lighting and plenty of additional function commands. If you need a keyboard with a small footprint, then this should be on your shortlist.