The Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is their mid-range offering in their Mechanical Gaming Keyboard line-up, with the CK350 as their base offering and the MK 750 as their premium offering. The CK550 is the predecessor of the CK350 and is a fantastic keyboard, perfect for those who do not want the ultimate experience, but are after something a little bit more than the essentials.
The Cooler Master CK550 sports Gateron RED linear key switches, which feel similar to the Outemu RED switches with a little more springiness. The Gateron RED Key Switches have been rated for 50 million+ key strokes, making them incredibly durable, and is available in Red, Blue, and Brown switches, which will be coming in soon (we tested the Red switch variant).
The CK 550 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard sports a standard layout size (incl. NUM pad), giving you the freedom to customise your keycaps if you would like. The CK 550 also features per-key RGB backlighting, with easy, on-the-fly controls for you to adjust as you game. However, there are also 16 effect modes you can use to showcase your custom colouring, making your gaming experience truly unique.
The CK 550 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard boasts a 460 x 135 x 41 mm dimension, weighing just 900g, along with a gunmetal, brushed aluminium finish, giving the keyboard a minimalistic design. Enough about specs though, let’s get into the meat of it.
The Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was a welcomed replacement to my daily gaming keyboard. The Gateron Red Linear Switches are easy to type on, and even easier to game with. Now, the question of whether or not Gateron is better than industry-leader Cherry MX is actually more subjective than you might think. Personally, I prefer the Cherry MX Red switches but I have met a number of people who swear by the Gateron, and even Outemu, switches, so while I might say that the Cherry MX switches are preferable over the Gateron in the CK 550, to some it might not matter. Objectively, however, there was no real performance gain over each, so it boils down to personal preference on the feel of the switch.
Thanks to the Hybrid Rollover in the CK 550, there was no missing key presses and zero ghosting as well. Basically, while in-game, I never encountered an issue where my key presses didn’t register an action on the screen; a benefit of the Red linear switch as there is minimal resistance to the key press, whereas Blue and Brown switch have the tactile bump, which might cause some mistakes if you aren’t used to using these types of switches.
Reloading in these titles [Overwatch and CS:GO], and using the action key (E) felt more like a flick rather than a key press, which was amazing. Also, despite the high-profile keycaps, my presses never took longer than 3ms to register on-screen, so if you are slow key presser, then you might encounter longer times, but that is no fault on the board itself.
The brushed aluminium gunmetal finish gives the keyboard a premium look and feel, making it as durable as the key switches they have used.
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