Build - 8.5/10
Backlight - 9.5/10
Look - 8/10
Switches - 10/10
Value - 6/10
A near perfect master piece, the MK750 is a high end mechanical keyboard available in Cherry Red, Blue, and Brown flavors. If you’re on the hunt for the best mechanical gaming keyboard regardless of price, this one from Cooler Master should be on your list.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out this gaming keyboard review. Jamy over at Cooler Master hooked us up with the MasterKeys Pro S compact keyboard (for that review go here) and Masterkeys MK750 full size keyboard.
Read on to hear about my experience with Cooler Master’s top tier mech board.
What’s in the Box?
- MasterKeys MK750
- Quick Start Guide
- Wrist rest
- 9 Extra Purple Keycaps
- 1.8m Braided USB Type-C Cable
- Keycap Puller
- Anti-dust Sleeve
In the Trenches: Two Weeks with the Masterkeys MK750 Keyboard
I situated my perception of the MK750 mechanical keyboard into five categories: switches, backlight, look, build, and price. Read on for my take after two weeks of using this beauty.
The MK750 is a joy to type on. It doesn’t get much better than the genuine, German-made Cherry MX switches. The keys are smooth like butter and my hands fly like the wind. I don’t know if my WPM has actually increased or if it is all mental (I should run some A/B tests on this come to think of it). At any rate, I am much happier typing on this keyboard than the razor thin mushy keyboard that came with my HP computer at the office. We just ran a review on its smaller cohort, the Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro S. Looks and build quality wise, this is an exact match the exception being the number pad keys and media keys located above them. Typing and gaming wise, they offer different experiences. We received Cherry MX red switches with the Pro S and Cherry MX brown switches on this MK750 keyboard.
Truth be told, there isn’t a dramatic difference between the brown and red switches. Both feature 45g actuation force (very easy to press means these switches favor speed above all else) and both do away with the audible click that you’ll find in MX blue and green switches. The only subtle difference is that brown switches have some light tactile feedback whereas the red switches has zero tactile feedback which is why they are referred to often as a linear switch. The general consensus is that typists enjoy a little of that tactile feedback to detect when a key is actuated to help prevent typos whereas gamers often are spamming keys anyway and don’t really desire the feedback and just want that command issued as quickly as possible. Ultimately, I think both of these switches would perform well for gamers. I think each person would do well by weighing their favorite genres of games, how much they are spending gaming vs. working/typing, and testing each switch out before making a final decision on which is best for them.
Cooler Master gives you the option of controlling the backlighting through a handful of key commands utilizing the function key or by going on their website and downloading the software. For pure coders who live in the command line and don’t like to touch their mouse unless they absolutely have to they may indeed enjoy memorizing the commands and customizing their lighting that way. Alternatively, keep the quick start guide on hand for a quick reference list of commands. Even the most stubborn of us may give in, particularly if you like selecting lighting for each individual key. The software facilitates this customization and saves a lot of time. Of course, you can use a little of each and customize your four profiles in the Cooler Master software then switch between the four on the fly with the FN + 1, 2, 3, or 4. Frankly, I just like that they gave us the option of being able to control the lighting either way. As you can see below, the Cooler Master software is nothing fancy (Razer Synapse’s fancy software comes to mind here), but it gets the job done.
Another piece of software Cooler Master has available on their site is the ‘Cooler Master Portal’ as seen in the below screenshot. By clicking the keyboard on the left and then clicking ‘Start’ it loads up the MK750 specific software (seen in screenshot above). It seems somewhat redundant, but I imagine if you have a Cooler Master mouse and other peripherals they would pop up on there and it would act as a device manager of sorts.
There’s not much too dislike about the matte gunmetal black finish of the backplate and keys. It may not be as sexy as some of the stuff coming out of the WASD shop but the minimalist black design showcases the vibrant backlight. In addition, black wears well and doesn’t get dirty after 6 months or so. The dedicated media keys are well integrated and can be color mapped too. I really like the unique RGB light bar that is visible when the wrist rest is done away with. The raised (aka floating) keycaps aren’t my personal favorite but that certainly falls into the realm of subjectivity. I love the appearance of the wrist rest and how it magnetically bonds to the front of the keyboard. It is clear that Cooler Master didn’t throw the wrist rest in on a whim, it was part of the design from day 1. The integration is perfect and from far away it is difficult to tell where the keyboard ends and the wrist rest begins. I also like that they went with the Windows icon for the two OS Keys over the Cooler Master logo found on their MasterKeys Pro S.
The MK750 is a formidable keyboard. The anodized cobalt-aluminum top plate and plastic keys are a time tested duo. It weighs 2.21 pounds (1003g) and measures 17.2 x 5.2 x 1.7 inches (438 x 132 x 42 mm). Many full size keyboards get up to about 18 inches in length so Cooler Master decided to slim their MK750 down a bit. Cooler Master got the basics right, but the MK750 gets some finer touches right too. The RGB bar that lights up the perimeter, backlit dedicated media keys, extra colorful WASD/Arrow/Esc keys, and the soft PU wrist rest are excellent additions. I really think they nailed the wrist rest with the magnetic integration. Whether the feet under the keyboard are flipped up (tilts keyboard toward you) or down (lies flat on your desk) the wrist rest lies flush with the front side of the keyboard. I would ask for a bit more padding but the cover material they used feels soft and high quality. Another neat little touch is that Cooler Master designed a cord slot in the back of the keyboard that routes the cable to one of three exits: back center, left, or right side of the keyboard. When the keyboard is lying flat, the cable runs smoothly through the three slots into the USB type C connection which is one of those mildly satisfying things.
Paying $150 for anything makes me a little uneasy but I then convince myself that if I’m going to be spending a lot of time with it, perhaps I should treat myself. Of course, you can do away with the RGB backlighting, wrist rest, and Cooler Master polish and pick up a decent keyboard with Cherry MX Switches for around $50 less. The tradeoffs are worth weighing, but I think Cooler Master has put together a premium package with the MK750 that warrants the steeper price tag. One thing I noticed when navigating to the Cooler Master site is that they have the MK750 listed at €159.95 (about $220 USD). However, on Amazon the MK750 is listed for $150 USD. I’m giving this a score of 6/10 for an average value buy at $150, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to our readers at $220.
Zoom In: Specs
- Switch Type: Cherry MX Browns, Blues, Reds
- Key and Top Plate Color: Gunmetal Black
- Dimensions: 17.2 x 5.2 x 1.7 inches (438 x 132 x 42 mm)
- Weight: 2.21 pounds (1003g)
- RGB: 16.7 million colors
- Polling Rate: 1000Hz
- Response Rate: 1ms / 1000Hz
- MCU: 32bit ARM Cortex M3
- On Board Memory: 512KB
- Keyboard Material: Aluminum / Plastic
- Wrist Rest Material: Soft PU Leather, Removable Magnetic
- Software: Cooler Master Portal
- Warranty: 2 Years
- Cable Length: 5.9 Feet (1.8m)
- Media Keys: 4 Dedicated Keys
- 3 Way Smart Cable Management
Zoom Out: Summary (8.4/10)
One of the best mechanical keyboards money can buy, the MasterKeys MK750 from Cooler Master is the whole package. Crisp RGB backlighting, pro-grade Cherry MX mechanical switches, magnetic wrist rest, and spartan all black aesthetic.
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