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