Let’s take a look at Cooler Master’s latest addition to their lineup of keyboards under the MasterKeys series of products. Actually, Cooler Master did show off the MasterKeys back in Computex 2017 – but it was encased in a glass, like a piece of jewelry. Skip forward a few months, and it was shown once again at CES 2018 – this time it’s the real product itself. We’re lucky enough to get our hands on the Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 – and here’s our review of it.
Firstly, it’s no surprise that Cooler Master is trickling back to their old packaging design. We saw a few packaging designs over the last 2 years where Cooler Master had done away with the purple color (as shown here, here, and here), but for some reason, Cooler Master is bringing back the purple.
That aside, the MasterKeys MK750 comes in a box within a box, with the second box just covered in black color. Opening up that box reveals the included wrist rest first, then the MasterKeys MK750 itself and a USB-C cable. Even the USB-C cable headers have the purple accent colors on it – much like the Huawei P10’s USB-C cable, actually.
Other accessories that came together includes a wire keycap puller and also a set of purple-colored keycaps. Again, not sure why Cooler Master has this purple color fetish all of a sudden.
The Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 comes with Cherry MX RGB key switches – and the one we have here is equipped with Cherry MX Blue RGB switches, hence the loud clicky noise in the video. Except for those multimedia keys on the top right section of the keyboard. Those are membrane switches instead, which is disappointing given that Ducky has been including 4 multimedia keys like this but they’re all mechanical.
In terms of the RGB lighting, the MasterKeys MK750 is just fantastic! There are RGB light strips that have segments which are individually addressable to the point where even the logo can be split in half! There is a caveat here – the main light strip at the front is behind a piece of smoked acrylic, and the magnetic wrist rest will cover it up entirely, too. Bummer.
The software experience for the MasterKeys MK750 is excellent, as Cooler Master clearly want both of them to work together in unison. Cooler Master did highlight that the MasterKeys MK750 can have its RGB settings done without the need of Cooler Master’s software – but that means your RGB settings are very limited.
However, when it comes to the MasterKeys MK750 as a keyboard itself, the keyboard is surprisingly lightweight. It sounds hollow, too. Knocking on the plastic reveals a dissatisfying echo from within. Even the plate where all the switches are mounted doesn’t feel metal.
With that said, Cooler Master did revamp the cable routing troughs behind the keyboard, and they’re now curved instead of having right angles.
Overall, the MasterKeys MK750 is an okay keyboard, and its main selling point is clearly on the RGB lighting itself. While having a wrist rest is great, it’s self-contradictory given that the the wrist rest will cover up the entire length of the RGB light strip and the Cooler Master logo.
The cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 is now available for pre-orders at Store Uni with the promotional price of RM589. Originally, the MK750 will be priced at RM649.