Cooler Master is announcing the release of ControlPad to the general public. ControlPad is the world’s first PC keypad with analog Aimpad technology, which first debuted in October of 2018 on Kickstarter. Its Kickstarter goal was reached within hours of the product showcase. ControlPad is available on October 15, 2020, on the Amazon storefront for $89.99.
“Designed as a passion project from the ground up, ControlPad aims to change the way we interact with our most used programs and applications on a more intuitive scale,” says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.
ControlPad has 24 mechanical keys. These are available in Cherry MX Red or Gateron Red switch types. It comes in brushed aluminum casing and has a detachable wrist rest, two scroll wheels, full RGB backlighting, and software that allows for programming. The Aimpad technology provides a degree of control comparable to aviation joysticks, steering wheels, and gaming controllers.
Cooler Master has made significant changes to the product based on customer feedback. The main implementations include the detachable Type-C braided cable and the software application MasterPlus. MasterPlus allows users to control “analog inputs with settings like dual actions, as well as the ability to fully customize their keypad including adjusting RGB lighting effects, keypad modes and fine tune macros.”
Aimpad gives players analog control in digital settings. For flight simulators, players can adjust yaw, pitch, creep, and roll. Driving games are afforded smoother turns and gentler curves by changing the distance of the keypress. ControlPad can also be used for production and editing applications. Users will be able to apply presets, adjust brush opacity, thickness, or size with pressure-sensitive inputs.
Cooler Master has developed a number of presets for applications ranging from consumer to professional use. According to their press release, “This includes actions, hotkeys, and shortcuts for the entire Adobe Suite, including PhotoShop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, and more. Additionally, Cooler Master will offer special keycap sets to match said presets.”