The Masterkeys MK750 keyboard is a straightforward, minimalist peripheral designed for performance with just a sprinkling of flair. The slim profile with the red, floating Cherry MX switches makes it both sleek and alluring in its elegance. A quintessential keyboard for those looking to get something that shows, rather than tells.
The Masterkeys MK750 has a very minimalistic approach to design. It replaced gaudy, sharp lines with a sleek, single piece of anodised aluminium. The streamlined design is complemented by a full-size number pad, but lacks the vast array of macro keys that one would expect to be littered across these keyboards. Instead, you are greeted with the subtle presence of programmable keys, hidden within the number row, on the left side of a keyboard.
Setting up the keyboard was easy - simply plug in the MK750's braided USB-C cable into the back of the keyboard, and then into your computer. Adjusting the colours is as simple as holding down the “FN” button and then picking a preset of your choosing through a key combination. Fun fact: I never read the booklet provided at first, leaving me to decipher exactly how the colour combinations work by myself.
It isn’t exactly the simplest set of combinations to learn but, after just a few hours of use, you will be tuning the RGB to your needs with ease. There are over 20 different modes, including the rather welcomed ability to play snake on your keyboard. Honestly, what Cooler Master has done just using RGB lighting in unique ways is amazing. You can tune it to specifically match the design of your PC or use it for fully functional purposes, such as highlighting software-specific function keys. Anything from the gaming mode that allows you to focus your key presses on specific RGB-lit keys, to the ability to display your CPU usage on the keyboard itself.
The RGB keys sit atop a selection of Cherry MX switches, which perfectly suit your gaming needs and gives enough feedback for those who spend their days typing. Key spacing is fairly standard for a mechanical keyboard of this size and typing feels very natural. Once I got used to the floating switches, typing became a breeze. There is a rather nifty set of media keys resting just above the keypad of the MK750, and are recessed to avoid accidental pushes. The media keys are devoid of a dedicated volume button, but access to the quick toggle function is relatively easy and could be done without even looking.
The MK750 is paired with a magnetic, leather palm rest. People with normal-sized hands should have no problem reaching any key without hassle. Compared to the competition, the Masterkeys MK750’s wrist rest has a small form factor, is very comfortable, and easy-to-clean. What I did find bizarre, was the fact that the wrist rest conceals the RGB branding found at the base of the keyboard. Cooler Master has placed lighting accents on all sides that provide an ambient glow, which coincides with the desktop colour scheme. However, placing the wrist rest over it completely obscures the light, which is a rather odd choice. That being said, you will want to keep the wrist rest attached because it offers premium comfort and you would be doing a disservice for not equipping it.
As a gaming-focused mechanical keyboard, Cooler Master has opted for on-the-fly macro mapping option. Pressing the function key allows you to record macros based on your exact needs. I found the system rather intuitive and felt it came in handy when I need to get an edge on my foes. For example, I was playing Battlefield V to test the keyboard and found I needed a better button for healing. Simply assigning the macro mid-game got me back into the action without the need to exit the title completely and rebind keys. That level of functionality is where the Cooler Master MK750 excels. While there is a software option available for remapping, Cooler Master has done an amazing job of ensuring you never have to go beyond a few key presses to get something done.
That no-nonsense approach reflects Cooler Masters’ idea of what the type of gamer this keyboard was meant for. Someone who wants to just plug the keyboard into their PC, customise the buttons and lighting to their needs, and get on with it.
Realistically, we don’t look at keyboards just for their features, but also comfortable and intuitive they are to use. In that regard, the Cooler Master MK750 is perfect for the gamer who needs to balance work, aesthetics, and gaming performance. The red Cherry MX switches that came with our review sample were an ideal option for gaming and typing on a daily basis. I didn’t feel the need to change the keyboard once, and I’m actually going to be sad when I have to send this unit back. The MK750 does a phenomenal job of blending into your lifestyle without the need for hardcore adjustments. For years, I have stayed away from mechanical keyboards because I thought they were only for the hardcore gamer, but Cooler Master has proven that there is more to their keyboard than meets the eye.
These features come at a reasonable price of R2150, with the closest competition circling around the R3K mark. That is why I can safely recommend the Cooler Master Masterkeys MK750 as a keyboard of choice for those who want to see what the premium mechanical keyboard market has in store for them.
Cooler Master has made amazing strides over the past few years with their products. This keyboard is for those who want solid build quality, amazing performance in gaming and productivity, and a price that justifies its functionality.
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