Cooler Master are fast becoming one of the most recognizable peripheral manufacturers in the market.. Having embarked on a “Make It Yours” rebrand and new naming scheme, Cooler Master have updated their keyboards this March with the new MasterKeys Pro L, a full RGB Cherry MX mechanical keyboard and a tenkeyless MasterKey Pro S featuring the same RGB cherry MX mechanical switches. As a tenkeyless or TKL (sounds much cooler) user I’m quite happy that Cooler Master are continuing their lineup with TKL versions of their keyboards (something the Quickfire XTi missed out on).
Sadly, although both were released this month worldwide, it seems South Africa will initially only be getting the MasterKeys Pro L, which means those who want a smaller (and invariably cheaper) version will have to wait a bit longer.
Besides the pretty basic Colour wave, breathing and other lighting modes, the MasterKeys comes in either red, blue or brown switch variants based on your tactile preference. Unlike earlier Cooler Master keyboards, this is their first full RGB LED keyboard with 16.7 million colours. When tactility and accuracy come together, you have the Germans to thank for their Cherry MX switches. However, you’ll have Cooler Master to thank for the extra brightness as they have redesigned the interior to fit the Cherry MX switches as well as bigger, brighter LEDs.
On top of those LEDs you’ll have UV coated keycaps which will help with longevity of the key lettering. With the MasterKeys Pro L you also have the hidden underside grooves which help with cable management as well as their welcome keycap plucker.