Coolermaster Masterkeys Lite Keyboard and Mouse Review
Published: 19th July 2016 | Source: Coolermaster | Price: |
Keyboards tend to fit into two distinct groupings. On the one hand you have the fully mechanical options, usually these days with full RGB lighting too, that will last you forever and have a price tag to match that longevity. The others are usually the type of keyboard you get when you buy a system from a high-street retailer. These are usually around a tenner. Equally if you get a mouse and keyboard combination in a single box then 99% of the time both items are of a very poor quality and are good to get you up and running, but are pretty much the first thing to be dispensed of as soon as you have some spare cash.
Coolermaster think there is another way.
The Masterkeys Pro L was one of our favourite keyboards in recent times, and their mice are always good for their price. The Masterkeys Lite package combines a cut-down version of the Pro keyboard with a mid-range mouse to hopefully allow you to get your peripherals without breaking the bank, nor needing to replace them within the first week.
The packaging for the Masterkeys Lite apes that which we saw from the Pro Masterkeys. A professional, modern take upon design with both items clearly displayed whilst still managing to give all the relevant information. Once you flip the box over you get your first indication of where Coolermaster have managed to reduce production costs and thus make the Masterkeys more affordable to all. Instead of a mechanical switch it has a hybrid membrane key. We'll get to how those feel in our conclusion.
Out of the box and both the keyboard and mouse certainly look the part. These are both all-black offerings with the lighting providing the splash of colour. The keyboard has zero overhang, and no extraneous keys. Businesslike. The mouse is similarly down to earth with two side buttons on the left despite being a fairly ambidextrous design.
Here are the modified switches in all their glory. With RGB lighting and an attempt to merge the affordability of a membrane switch with the feel of a mechanical they certainly provoke plenty of thought. We've had bad experiences with the rubber dome type keyboards, and whilst we accept that not everyone can afford a mechanical keyboard we do think they are worth the extra expense. We can't wait to discover if Coolermaster have hit the jackpot.
The mouse is your standard 4 button offering. With full RGB lighting, a 3500DPI sensor and Omron switches it ticks all the boxes that you require from a decent gaming mouse.