5 Stars By Dbuchina899 on 2017-02-19
One of the best feeling keyboards I've tried with custom caps. I love the RGB lighting and authentic MX Blues :3
This Keyboard is overall great. I love the authentic Cherry MX Blue implementation, RGB lighting and software option :3
Pros: -Bullet-Proof construction, heavy and sturdy
-Great, sturdy feeling when typing, thanks to that metal plate behind the switches for durability.
-The customization for the RGB lighting, pretty much endless (even if your a freak about customization like me XD)
-Has a detachable micro-usb port and comes with a good, braided cable. This is my go-to feature to look for when buying keyboards. (Mini or Micro USB).
-The Cherry MX Blue's feel great on this keyboard, and not mushy like some plastic keyboards do. Clickity-clack.
Cons: These are all the cons i can think about, mostly personal preference.
-The outer case count be metal, something that's really hard to find these days :/
-The Key Caps. I replaced these key caps with Dye-subbed double shot PBT gradient key caps from Massdrop. The stock key caps are decent, but ehh... I can't give up the sturdy, stubbornly stiff chalky-hard feeling of Double shot PBT. They feel amazing to type on (especially with Blues) and they never wear out, shine or show fingerprints, but i can't complain because one thing to note though is that Dye-subbed Double Shot PBT key caps with custom color, like gradient is VERY EXPENSIVE to buy, well for key caps. A full set retails for $80+ and tenkeyless being $60+. If CM put custom double shot PBT key caps on this keyboard, it would easily be at least $200.
-The only, last thing i can think about for CM to improve on this keyboard is to add USB passthrough :3
Overall, a great simplistic keyboard that has a ton of features and feels great to game and type on. I would recommend this to anybody building a new PC set up, or looking to buy a new keyboard (but of course i would hound them to change the key caps XD).
5 Stars By Sky on 2017-01-05
First Mechanical Keyboard and it is great!
Received the keyboard today! So far so good. I went with the Cherry MX Brown because I didn't want to be noisy. I am using this on a iMac. Sadly that means I cannot install the Masterkeys application that supports the keyboard. The software only works on Windows OSes. However, the keyboard still works on the mac. I just have to do all the settings and color changes from the keyboard.
As a newbie to mechanical keyboards I recommend this one as a great beginner. The build quality is solid and it feels like time went into it. The packaging was solid. However, I am sad that after two days the price dropped by 20 dollars... It arrived before the date specified in shipping.
1 Stars By Phillip R. Jaenke on 2018-04-06
Cooler Master once again, straight up refusing to honor warranty.
Stupidly, I decided to give Cooler Master a second chance. I previously bought one of their Costar manufactured QuickFires; after THREE RMAs in the span of two months including two for the known left-alt key defect, I threw in the towel and bought something else. Since this was on sale and I wanted a new MX Brown board, I figured I'd give the RGB hype a shot. And sure, it was great... for a short while.
But before we get too far into things: I know keyboards. Like, REALLY know keyboards. My current daily drivers include an Apple AEK-II, Adesso AKB-625UB (travel,) a Costar CST104 Sydney I personally rebuilt with Gateron Greens, and an IBM Model M13. So it's not like I lack for comparison, experience, or expertise.
First of all, the software is hard to complain too much about. Yes, it's clunky. But it stores your profiles on the keyboard, so you don't need it open all the time. I consider that a net plus. Their HID driver on the other hand, is glitchy. The EQ Visualizer mode will light up the whole keyboard if I play a track through YouTube, AlumiGogo Music, or Zune. It will barely light a single key if I play the exact same track through Spotify at the exact same volume. That's probably something with Spotify. But randomly their HID driver will simply decide to change the poll rate of the keyboard. Not cool. Also when you change modes from say P1 to P3, it will sometimes decide to randomly go ahead and helpfully change your key repeat rate settings despite updating to the latest firmware. Also not cool, but, addressable without too much headache.
The keycaps are awful. They're thin ABS. They could be a LOT worse though. If you don't type as much as I do (you almost certainly don't) they're okay-ish. The font is tasteful and easy to read. The backlighting isn't too well controlled and there's a fair bit of bleed. But they are double shot, so they hold up fine to most people. I could've gone PBT but I wanted the frag-harder-disco-lights specifically and the PBT option was white LEDs only. I did check out the PBT caps in person though and they are also solid, and definitely acceptable for people like me. (I ended up putting on a set of blank beige Gateron PBT caps. They work very well and I think the light-blocking nature of them makes the keyboard even better when flashing the EQ.)
The channel for the cord doesn't work at all. The cord is too thick so it just constantly pops right back out.
But in the four months I have owned this keyboard, it has progressively gotten more and more problematic. At first it was just occasionally failing to register the M key. And some LEDs were discolored. No big, probably my typing and some dirt. Then it clearly wasn't. Then enter got into the mix. Now the keyboard will randomly repeat a half dozen keys six to eight times - when it registers them being pressed at all. Which follows the keyboard when moved between systems. That's not a switch problem - that's a PCB problem. Then the lock indicator LEDs stopped changing with the state. Again, clearly PCB fault. Suspecting things were weird, I switched my backlight mode and hey look - a huge chunk of the LEDs no longer work at all! This is not something that can be repaired. The controller on the keyboard is failed. Simple as that.
But hey! It's got a three year warranty! So I open an RMA request, explain my issues clearly (multiple keys not functioning properly, multiple LEDs completely quit working,) attach a photo as required (waitwhat?,) and get my email saying they have received my RMA request. For a four month old keyboard.
And wouldn't you know it? Cooler Master is just sitting there not approving an RMA. Again. They're holding it in "Verification" despite the fact that they have the receipt from registration, and they clearly KNOW they fail at a high rate given they have actual DROP DOWNS listing "multiple keystroke" and "multiple failed LEDs" IN THE RMA REQUEST PROCESS. They KNOW this keyboard is poorly constructed. They KNOW it fails regularly in this fashion. They KNOW customers are going to have these problems, and they ship it anyways. It does not take five days to look at a photo, go "yep LEDs failed," and approve an RMA.
In other words: Cooler Master doesn't actually honor warranty on a product they know is so poor quality, failure is guaranteed. AGAIN. They don't even attempt to make it right like they used to - I see zero Cooler Master replies to their MANY deserved 1 star reviews. Hopefully AlumiGogo can do something for me here.
In summary: it's garbage. And Cooler Master's straight up lying about any of their products having a warranty.
By AlumiGogo Customer
on 2018-01-17 Decent board for the $$$
Great board minimal but after my quickfire stealth it is tall in the front. The keycaps are JUNK though, they are just painted translucent junk. If you do not want to build a board or pay for those fancy ones on massdrop etc get this with the intention of picking up some PBT doubleshots. I got some stealth style ones on amazon for 25usd, Side-printed Thick PBT OEM Profile 108 ANSI Keycaps For MX Switches Mechanical Keyboard (Black)
took forever as they shipped from Korea. But so worth it. Software for leds is easy to use and apply. Only thing was the macro stuff on board the board and via software sucks. For some silly reason Cooler master is not making the software UNIVERSAL but making a specific software for each model. So added features will not trickle down, such as the mk750 software extras. Oh for those who care layered efx are broken right now. Be aware for those with refresh sensitive eyes the fading efx and some colors will FLICKER in your pref vision. I am sure all of these RGB keyboards are like this. For me I cannot use the fading or color shifting patterns.Top row keys the Fkeys etc are super tall and not OEM height. for me I found this annoying as I had to reach for them, large man hands likely need not worry. USB cable on this is a horrid MICRO plug but it has a soft fabric sleeve on it unlike the abrasive sleeve on older boards. It does make putting it in the cord channel a bit harder and keeping it there. Compared to my rapid stealth it also has rubber feet on the flip out legs, so no more scratching or slipping about.
So knocks for me are
* Gross keycaps
* useless secondary legends (don't light up)
* front key height is taller
* Finish on the frame and key caps (just breathing on them makes them filthy)
* dodgy macro software
* stabilizers, these are cherry types vs the costars the rapid uses. I had to lube these to get rid of loads of rattling. My costars are not as loud but are wobblier and a PITA to change out caps.
* cherry switches, though a bit scratchy vs my rapid.
* size no extra garbage around the keys.
* short (in height) this thing is much sorter than most standard keyboards as the F keys are much closer to the number rows.
* price, for it for 70usd after rebate. (that is if the rebate comes)
4 Stars By Ryan on 2017-11-17
the RGB lights on this are amazing; easily blows much of the competition out of ...
I've had four mechanical keyboard before this one, so I'll go off my prior experience and after having the MasterKeys Pro S for about a year.
Firstly, the RGB lights on this are amazing; easily blows much of the competition out of the water with how vibrant they are. I switched out the black keycaps with white ones I had laying around from a Ducky Shine, and the LEDs are fantastic. The software is subpar, but as a Mac user, I don't have access to it anyway unless I use bootcamp. The clear base of the keys really do make a difference, especially compared to my Corsair K70.
The Cherry blue switches are the real deal. They're not as stiff as other blues I've had in the past, but I like that. They're solid, reliable, and sturdy. Not one key seems wobbly or off, which can be the case with other keyboards. The body of the keyboard itself is very heavy and sturdy - don't expect to lug this around with you. Then again, most people who buy mechanical keyboards don't buy them for portability, rather longevity, to which this keyboard definitely feels solid in that regard.
If you're new to the mechanical keyboard world, this would be a great first ten keyless set for you. If you're looking to add your collection, you won't be disappointed, although other than the minimal design there isn't much that stands out.
3 Stars By Fares on 2017-08-17
Not great. Mushy keys.
This keyboard has been the 3rd mechanical keyboard I have owned. My first one was a Tte Poseidon Z RGB with the cheaper kahil brown switches and the other being a HyperX alloy FPS with Cherry MX blue switches. I absolutely love the HyperX but I wanted some RGB in my setup so I purchased this because it had the same switches and some really cool lighting. I am slightly disappointed.
Great Cherry MX quality as can be expected but the long keys like the "space" and "enter" are very mushy feeling. This is because there is no bracket holding them up but two switch-like things ( like the plus) on each end. This kills the feel of these keys. The shift button feels unnatural sometimes when playing games. If these keys had the same system as the HyperX Alloy, which has this spring bracket that only helps the key balance, this would be an excellent keyboard. But for this very reason, I cannot use it.
Super bright and lots of customization. You can download other templates from Cooler Master's website but you have to launch a .exe to use them every time which is a bit of a bummer, but there's still plenty of customization within the software to keep you happy for awhile.
The form factor:
This keyboard is a little bulky. Somewhat talll, but if you have big hands you should be fine. CM did a great job of not putting useless buttons on the keyboard which looks great. The lighting for the Num Lock and Caps Lock are just the lights built into the switch. So if caps isn't on, there will be no lighting on that switch, but if it is on, that switch will light with your selected pattern or color.
Overall build quality:
It's a very well made keyboard and all the keys look and feel great, with the exception of the aforementioned longer keys that feel mushy. The cable is thick and should stand up to any sort of wear just fine. No carrying sleeve but it does include a dust cover so be careful traveling with it.
After using the keyboard for a few days for typing and gaming, I'm gonna have to go back to the HyperX. This keyboard has a lot of potential but the bad keys + the .exe customization kill it for me. Maybe if CM can come up with a better design and fix the software a little bit, I'll come back, but as of right now I am sticking with my HyperX Alloy.
5 Stars By Rachel K on 2017-02-22
Updated: Great keyboard for great price
Update 3/3/17: Turned out I had accidentally turned on the repeat rate! Since this was the case, I returned the replacement I got and am keeping the keyboard. Keys feel crisp, LEDs work as expected (or better), and it is generally a joy to use. Definitely an excellent bang for your buck if you want a good mechanical keyboard with RGB LEDs to play around with.
I ordered this keyboard and got my first one about a week ago. Build quality looked great, keyboard felt great, keycaps feel great, LEDs work great out of the box with the presets and are relatively intuitive to change using the keyboard. (Though, for keycaps with a symbol near the bottom the LED visibly fades in brightness, so lighting isn't totally even, but it is bright and vibrant enough to impress most people.)
The issue I'm dealing with right now is that I'm on the second keyboard and both ended up with the same problem about 2 minutes after being plugged into my computer. I tested the first keyboard on my desktop, second on my macbook laptop. Both seemed to work fine, but then after playing with the LED settings I set about actually using them to type and got repeating letters with a single keystroke. This renders the keyboard useless. I'm wondering if it is a software issue now, since both boards have the same issue and no one else has seemed to have this problem (that I noticed). The first time it happened, I removed the keycaps for several keys and pressed the actual switch mechanism myself and experienced the same issue - so it isn't something wonky with striking the keycaps off center or anything.
I'm planning to do some more troubleshooting and update this review, but if I can't find a simple solution to this I'm just going to return it and buy a Razor BlackWidow Tournament edition instead. I already have one for work and though it isn't as impressive in some ways as the MasterKeys Pro S (no CherryMX blues, less elegant design, higher price, etc) I at least can use it for typing. Not much I can do with a pretty keyboard that leaves myyyyy typiiiing liiiiike thiiiiiiiiiiiisss. ::::((
4 Stars By Oxy on 2017-08-30
Great Keyboard!! Needs minor change.
This was the first mechanical keyboard I have ever owned. I am a true believer of them now.
What drew me to the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro S was it's compact size and it being back lit. I type a lot both for work and for personal use. Having back lit keys is vital to me. Most see it as a novelty but it is way more functional. The fun thing with RGB is you can customize the lighting layouts. Not really crucial but a fun thing to do when you are bored. The lighting effects are cool too but I never use any of them, they can be distracting to me.
The size is the be part. I have no need for a 10 key. Just not really something that I utilize all that much. So cutting that off the keyboard gave me some more space on my desk for notebooks and what not. It did not take me any time at all to get used it's absents. After a while it become second nature just reaching for them with your fingers.
Navigation keys are moved closer to the center as well. I never realized how much I use them until after getting this keyboard. While using anything application: browser, text editor, IDE, anything.
The only downside I see for the keyboard is the USB cord they give you and the placement of the USB Mini connection. I also have the Pro M (it's at my office) and the M has the USB connection under the keyboard with channeling to have the cord come out right, left, or top sides. The S has the connection at the top side of the keyboard. Which is not the main issue. The main issue is the nice braided USB cord they give you has a 90 degree left bend for the plug. This forces you to route the cord left. For me it needs to go right to get to my desktop. I know this is a minor thing but it kept me from giving this 5 stars.
4 Stars By jester on 2017-04-17
Serial number easily smudged, great otherwise
Purchased the MX Blue, I love the clicks as I hate the regular clack sounds. The design is great, outside the 2 coolermaster buttons it is very minimalistic and seamless without additional circular led bulbs for scroll lock and caps lock. The removable USB is also great as it's more convenient for transport and replaceable if the wire goes bad. It regards for blues for gaming, many people say it makes no difference but they are wrong, moving around on a regular fps game is fine but if u need sensitive minute controls like flying the plane in BF1 it is a pain because you need the key to fully reset and the clicking also gets in the way, I suppose the reds are much better for that. The serial number on the bottom of the keyboard has fully worn out, I like to place it on my lap and just it rubbing against the fabric of my clothing completely smudged it. For regular browsing the blues provide a great experience, the clicks make it feel like an actual mechanical keyboard. The program it comes with seems pretty barebones compared to corsair for the same price range. I also have some sort of debris stuck inside the board that makes a slight sound when I rattle the board but I can live with that, really don't want to have to open it up just to get rid of it.
5 Stars By James korbeck on 2018-01-16
Excellent keyboard, beautiful lighting options, wonderful typing experience with Cherry MX Reds.
I will start by saying that this keyboard is absolutely fantastic! Nice job Cooler Master.
The Masterkeys Pro S RGB ticks every single box that I was searching for in a small form factor mechanical board.
1. I wanted RGB lighting to match my desk setup. Check.
2. Had to be small form factor, either 60% or TKL. Check.
3. Needed to have a closed-design case, rather than the open metal designs of other keyboards. Check.
I literally cannot list a single negative point about this keyboard, everything you would ever need in a TKL configuration is present, and it all functions quickly, and the software for the LED profiles is very simplistic and fast to apply to the keyboard.
If I had to make one suggestion, it would be: make a 60% version of this!! I feel like Cooler Master would knock it out of the park with a 60% Masterkeys.