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Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro M review: The perfect compromise

By Chester Labaco - 18 Oct 2016


Cooler Master has been a well-established brand in the tech industry with their well-priced PC components and peripherals. Today, we had the chance to take a look at one of their recently released mechanical keyboards, the Cooler MasterKeys Pro M.

From the top: Roccat Suora (Fully 104 ANSI layout), Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro M (90 percent), EASYPC Rakk Kimat (Tenkeyless)

Cooler Master’s MasterKeys line is comprised of three keyboards; the MasterKeys Pro L (which stands for large or full layout), the MasterKeys Pro S (small or tenkeyless), and the MasterKeys Pro M (medium or 90 percent). Full layout and tenkeyless is pretty self-explanatory, but what does 90 percent mean? Well, it’s a compromise between full layout keyboards and tenkeyless. This means that the navigation keys, insert, delete, print screen, scroll lock, and pause have been integrated to the number pad. This is perfect for people who want to experience the ergonomics of a tenkeyless design without sacrificing the number pad.

Now, onto the unit itself. The box of the MasterKeys Pro M is relatively simple. You get the keyboard, a detachable braided microUSB cable (1.5m), a manual, and a wire keycap puller. That’s pretty much it. It’s nice that Cooler Master has included a wire keycap puller instead of a ring type puller as the latter can scratch the keycap wall.

The Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro M is equipped with Cherry MX switches (Brown, Red, and Blue). For this particular review, we’ll be taking a look at the Cherry MX Brown version.

The Good
Compact Layout
Cherry MX Switches
LED Backlight
The Bad
90 percent layout might be strange to others