I’ve been giving my wrists a break with the WR530 Wrist Rest by Cooler Master. It’s part of the Master Accessory series, and it’s marketed as a gaming wrist rest for long lasting comfort and durability. Not to mention it’s supposed to glow in the dark! How’s that for matching your decked-out setup?
Let’s check it out.
Zoom In: Specs
- Material: Splash resistant cloth top w/ rubber backing
- Accents: Glow in the dark purple hex logo
- Small: 359 x 95 x 18 mm
- Large: 439 x 95 x 18 mm
- Extra Large: 549 x 95 x 18 mm
First impression when I see the box? It looks like a quality product.
Cooler Master is known in the gaming world for crafting solid gear, and I expected this to be no different. The design of the box is minimal and muted with a purple & black color scheme. Packaging is always the first thing you see, and I believe it’s super important to get it right. Well, Cooler Master definitely got it right. Kudos.
But as soon as I took the wrist rest out of the box, a pungent odor struck my nose. It was bad. It smelled like a vat of chemicals had just poured into my room. It was seriously that strong. I took it out into another room and left it there overnight, hoping the smell would go away. If that’s what I was in for, then I did not want to use it.
What happened? Well, I went to check on it the next day and noticed the smell had dissipated several-fold. Still not very pleasant, but tolerable. A bit begrudgingly, I took it back to my keyboard to put it into action.
As I aligned it with my keyboard I noticed it was just a tad smaller than the full width of my board. I use a standard full size keyboard with keypad, and the WR530 wrist rest is half an inch smaller. I tried it with another keyboard I have laying around, and got the same result. Not a big deal, but worth noting.
When I laid my wrists down, however, much was redeemed. It felt so good on my wrists. Right then and there I could just imagine gaming for hours with absolutely no fatigue. The rubber core is super cushiony, but it’s also very firm. It seems like an oxymoron, but it’s a match made in heaven.
I started typing away to see if I’d encounter any fatigue. An hour later? Nothing. I opened up Steam and started playing an old favorite: Starbound. I mined and crafted away for another hour or so, and still my wrists were happy. A few emails later? More comfortable than when I started.
It was like typing on a cloud! And that, my friends, is what a quality wrist rest is supposed to do. The WR530 by Cooler Master offers superior comfort. No doubt.
Material wise, the WR530 sports a rubber base with a cloth overlay. The base provides solid cushion and traction while the top offers plenty of support for your wrists.
One of the biggest questions I had was does it really glow in the dark? Short answer: no. This is honestly heartbreaking because that would have been so cool! The Cooler Master logo does glow a little when the lighting is just right, but that’s all you get.
Other than that, it’s a wrist rest that feels good and performs as it should!
The WR530 is very comfortable! I’ve used this thing for hours on end and never had any problems with fatigue. The density hits a sweet spot with a firmness that delivers just the proper amount of support. As mentioned, the cloth overlay on top of the rest feels very soft, and the elements of the rest come together to provide superior performance. One of the best wrist rests for gaming I’ve ever used.
How about the splash resistance? Thumbs up on that one!
I may have spilled some, er, beer on it the day after I started testing it out. Not just a little, either. I spilled a hefty gulp. I immediately grabbed a towel to wipe it off. I was freaking out as I began scrubbing away, thinking I’d just ruined it before even getting to try it out! Then I noticed something. I took the towel away and voila! Not even a slight discoloration from where the beer had spilled. It’s like it never even happened. I even held it up to the light and still nothing. That is impressive.
Overall, the CoolerMaster MasterAccessory WR530 Wristrest L is worth a try. Your wrists will thank you!
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Zoom Out: Specs
Features - 6/10
Comfort - 9/10
Durability - 9/10
Expect a very comfortable experience at a sweet price. Bummer on the no glow. Overall, the WR530 by Cooler Master appears to be a great wrist rest for gaming and provides ample support for wrists.
- Sleek minimal design
- Excellent support & traction
- Rugged & splash resistant construction
- Initial chemical smell
- Lackluster “glowing” logo
- Slightly smaller than keyboard