Cooler Mas­ter MasterKeys Pro

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$159 •­er­mas­ • Score: 3/5

I’ll be frank. There’s very lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween the MasterKeys Pro L RGB and the newer MK750, and al­most all the dif­fer­ences that do ex­ist point to you buy­ing the lat­ter: the port is mi­cro-USB, not USB-C; there’s no mag­netic wrist rest or strip light­ing along the base; and it loses out on the four me­dia play­back keys above the num­ber pad.

In­stead, the Pro L RGB in­cludes four short­cut keys – P1, P2, P3 and P4 – that al­low you to quickly ip be­tween the pro les. These can be set up to crazy lev­els of cus­tomi­sa­tion to suit games, your mood or even (bizarrely) to play a ver­sion of Snake on your key­board. The lights il­lu­mi­nate as the snake trav­els around, and you have to di­rect it to food while avoid­ing its tail.

But you can do pre­cisely the same cus­tomi­sa­tions with the MK750, and there isn’t even any dif­fer­ence in terms of the speci cation: you get an iden­ti­cal 32-bit ARM Cor­tex 3 pro­ces­sor, the same 512KB of RAM, and pre­cisely the same snappy re­spon­sive­ness in games.

Cooler Mas­ter sup­plied the MX Brown ver­sion for test­ing, but if you pre­fer the snap­pier feed­back of MX Red switches then re­place the KKCM1 with KKCR1. Even though both the Pro L RGB and MK750 use the same Cherry switch tech, I pre­ferred typ­ing on the MK750: when you start hit­ting the Pro L RGB at pace you hear a metal­lic, echo­ing ef­fect that isn’t there on the MK750.

This is still an ex­cel­lent key­board, but in light of the stel­lar MK750, it needs to drop in price to make it a more at­trac­tive propo­si­tion.

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