Introduction

MasterKeys Pro L RGB
  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Build quality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort and typing experience - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Features - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Value - 8/10
8.4/10

Summary

I really like the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L. Looks sleek, feels good, but maintaining it would be an issue. UV coated plastic casing and keycaps will catch grease marks very easily. Other than that, Cooler Master did a great job in its RGB controls through software. It can be done without the software, but it lacks granularity. The software does have some potential to be improved, too.

Overall, the MasterKeys Pro L is a great RGB keyboard – and affordable too.

Cooler Master. They have been making keyboards for quite some time already. I’ve heard lots of good things about Cooler Master’s keyboards, but I’ve never owned or tried any of them extensively before. That has changed, and now I’m bringing your my full review of the MasterKeys Pro L RGB mechanical keyboard by Cooler Master. Thanks to Cooler Master too, for giving us this opportunity! ūüėÄ

Unboxing

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro
Yes, there are two! Review for the MasterKeys Pro L White LEDs will come soon!

Nothing too fancy regarding the box itself. It has a pretty standard cardboard box with all the highlights at the front.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L
16,777,216 colors, to be exact.

As we have both the MasterKeys Pro L RGB and Intelligent White LEDs together, we get to compare the boxes too – which is mostly identical, actually.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

Opening the box show the keyboard itself wrapped in a fabric sleeve – which is the next best thing compared to a hard plastic shell to cover the entire keyboard. I mean hey – at least it’s something to cover the keyboard during transport.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

Digging out all the accessories reveals the usual contents of a mechanical keyboard – a cloth braided micro USB cable, the user manual, and in this case, there’s another wire keycap puller which I did not capture in this picture.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L
Apologies for my dusty room.

Anyway, I hope this picture does the wire keycap puller some justice – because I think it’s a really nice addition by Cooler Master. Wire keycap pullers are just way more superior than those awful plastic keycap pullers.

Design

The MasterKeys Pro L RGB¬†has the typical aesthetic that a mechanical keyboard has. I mean, looking at it screams “I’m a mechanical keyboard!”, but that’s a good thing. This design works, so why fix it?

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

Underneath the keycapss are genuine Cherry MX RGB switches, with surface mounted RGB LEDs. Underneath those switches is a large piece of white backplate for RGB light reflection. Let me tell you this keyboard is quite bright.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

Enclosing all of the key¬†switches and white backplate is a black piece of smooth plastic. There’s something about this piece of plastic that paired with the keycaps, look and feel extremely satisfying.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

The underside reveals some other additional features. It’s quite plain-looking with a matte finish, and has a cable routing system similar to the one found in all Ducky One family of mechanical keyboards that we’ve reviewed here.

Cooler Master did the cable routing slightly better overall, thanks to the extra headroom between the cable header and the 90-degree angle.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

However, the cable holders at the back can’t really hold the cable nice and snugly. After stuffing the cloth braided cable inside, it can slide back out pretty easily. Ducky One’s cable route¬†holds the cable¬†too tightly. Something in between should be fine.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L

Again, there’s just something on the¬†MasterKeys Pro L RGB¬†that screams comfort and elegance. It looks and feels smooth. Might be due to its UV coating, actually.


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