Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro
$159 • www.coolermaster.com • 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.