Tuesday, March 15th 2016

Cooler Master Announces the MasterKeys Pro Series Keyboards

Cooler Master, a leader in design and manufacturing computer components and peripherals, today launched a selection of keyboards for gamers to choose from. Minimalistic design meets brilliant illumination in Cooler Master's first RGB mechanical keyboard series with Cherry MX switches. The MasterKeys Pro L is the full-size version, and those seeking a compact version can go with the MasterKeys Pro S, a tenkeyless design.

"The MasterKeys Pro offers multiple lighting modes. Presets include Color Wave, Breathing, and other responsive effects. You can choose between red, brown, or blue switches to match your tactile preference," said Kevin Yang, Peripherals Product Manager. "And you get all the features, whether you prefer a full size keyboard or a tenkeyless design. In addition to easy-to-use software, we are working on a Software Development Kit (SDK) to truly help Make It Yours."

The Best of Both Worlds with the MasterKeys Pro L and Pro S
Most RGB keyboards come with either bright LEDs or high-quality switches. But with the MasterKeys Pro L and Pro S, you get the best of both worlds: the brightest LEDs and the best tactile feeling that gamers have come to love. Cooler Master completely redesigned the interior of the MasterKeys to fit both Cherry MX switches, and bigger, brighter LEDs that can radiate 16.7 million colors. The MasterKeys Pro L and S also support on-the-fly macros, profile support, and easy-to-use software - all in a sleek, minimalist design.
Sleek, Minimalist Design for Gamers That Demand the Best
Gamers demand the best, which is why the MasterKeys Pro only uses 100% authentic Cherry MX switches. Choose between red, brown, or blue switches to match your tactile preference. Sleek lines, refined symmetry, and a heavy-weight quality build help you keep things clean and simple. Soft to the touch and long-lasting, MasterKeys Pro L has UV key coating that gives you a luxurious experience while protecting the keys for durable, long-lasting game play that won't result in missing letters and discolored keys. In particular, MasterKeys Pro L comes with cables that won't ever get in your way or clutter your desktop. The detachable cable allows for easy transport without the risk of cable strain and provides a simple way to move your keyboard out of the way when needed. Hidden underside positioning grooves (only available on MasterKeys Pro L) gives you 180° cable management, keeping your keyboard and desktop sleek and organized regardless of arrangement preference.

Make it Yours with On-the-fly Macro Support , Easy-to-use Software
The 32-bit ARM processor allows you to save and play back complex macros. Four profile keys offer quick backlighting and macro recording without hassle. Program multiple keystrokes to a single key or change per-key backlighting with intuitive keyboard commands. Easy-to-use software lets you fine-tune RGB color and speed settings for modes like Color Wave, Star Effect, and Rain Drop. Backup and save your gaming profiles to share with fans and the community all through the easy-to-use software. You can go software-free too - just adjust and change settings via the On-the-fly System without the need to install anything.

Future-proof with Updates and More
Expand LED lighting modes through online updates and upgrades only available through Cooler Master.

Availability
MasterKeys Pro L and MasterKeys Pro S, will be available in Europe from March 15th.

Recommended M.S.R.P
  • MasterKeys Pro L: 169€
  • MasterKeys Pro S: 139€
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11 Comments on Cooler Master Announces the MasterKeys Pro Series Keyboards

#1
ZoneDymo
such a simple looking keyboard, which is fine.....but why still such a damn high price?
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lZKoce
ZoneDymo said:
such a simple looking keyboard, which is fine.....but why still such a damn high price?
It's the know-how it seems to me. They are working a software to make it really customizable and you have to pay those programmers you know :)
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ZoneDymo
lZKoce said:
It's the know-how it seems to me. They are working a software to make it really customizable and you have to pay those programmers you know :)
Well sure sure but you can argue there, make it 100 dollars instead of 160 and more people will (be able to) buy it.

Ferrari vs Volkswagen if you will.

But I guess I missed the underlying programmability thing to jack up the price, my bad.
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buildzoid
ZoneDymo said:
Well sure sure but you can argue there, make it 100 dollars instead of 160 and more people will (be able to) buy it.

Ferrari vs Volkswagen if you will.

But I guess I missed the underlying programmability thing to jack up the price, my bad.
They have other keyboards that use the same exact build but without the RGB and those are around 100$ or less if I remember correctly
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ZoneDymo
buildzoid said:
They have other keyboards that use the same exact build but without the RGB and those are around 100$ or less if I remember correctly
man...thats quite an increase in price for some lighting :O
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buildzoid
ZoneDymo said:
man...thats quite an increase in price for some lighting :O
Well they need to get a better micro controller and 3x as many LEDs into the keyboard. Also software to fully utilize RGB keyboards is hard to do well. So I can see why it's so expensive.
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avatar_raq
ZoneDymo said:
.....but why still such a damn high price?
Most RGB keyboards are priced around the same price when they are first introduced.
I actually like the minimalist design of this KB but the lack of wrist rest is a deal breaker to me.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Hey I actually like this. I couldn't live without a numpad though.
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#9
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Sleek, minimalist and clean. Just the way how modern PC gamers like it.
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#10
Jizzler
Very nice. After a couple years on a somewhat large Logitech G110 I'd like to go with a tenkeyless next. With a macro system built-in I might not even bother with an separate numpad.
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#11
Vlada011
I don't like these keyboards. Not look of keyboards, I don't 100 functions of changing LED colors.
I don't know what people see interesting so much in colorful LED lights if visibility in dark is not priority, only changing colors.
But CM have other good option. I looked before 2 months their keyboards and looks like NovaTouch TKL with replaced Double Shoot PBT keys compatible with Cherry MX Switches could be something nice for gamers. But I was not convinced in durability of new redesigned Topre keys. She produce little weird funny sound but could be silent with their fabric O-rings... Only she don't have LED, white would be perfect, but best without light than RGB.
If bunch of people could type on stealth keyboards without LEDs and fonts and I could.
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