I’ve been a fan of Cooler Master keyboards for a long time. They’ve always seemed to go above and beyond the call of duty, putting that extra little bit of love and care that really sets their decks apart.
With their latest full size 104 key keyboard, the Cooler Master MK750 (available for $149.99) looks ready to be a serious contender in the gaming keyboard landscape with a simple, minimalist board that packs a powerful punch.
Design and Comfort
The MK750’s solid gunmetal black coloring may be unassuming, but looks can be deceiving. What the simple aesthetics lack in that intangible “wow” factor, the MK750 more than makes up for in terms of build quality. Cooler Master has built one hell of a board here, with a hard plastic shell and an aluminum top plate with a matte finish.
The MK750 didn’t flex at all when I tried to bend it, and the raised feet never wobbled or folded in on themselves during normal use. The floating keycap design is great for cleaning or changing keycaps, and the braided USB C cable is also detachable – perfect for those who are taking the MK750 to a LAN party or want a shorter length cord to fit their workspace.
The MK750 also comes with wrist guard. Thanks to the leatherette padding, it’s extremely comfortable, and made long writing and gaming sessions free from strain or fatigue. The wrist guard magnetically connects to the base of the keyboard, which is a bit of a mixed bag.
I’m not wild about wristguards with magnetic connectors, as they never seem to have strong enough of an attachment, leading to a lot of sliding around. It’s tolerable with the MK750 however. If you’re not moving your keyboard around, the wrist guard stays in place. Still, I prefer an actual, physical connector, even though they can be unwieldy and detract from portability.
The MK750 is made of such fantastic components that I’m a little disappointed with Cooler Master’s choice to use ABS keycaps. At this price point, I would have wanted to see some high end doubleshot PBT keycaps. The thicker PBT keycaps are just so much more durable and satisfying to press, and when you’re spending this much money on a keyboard, you really should be getting top of the line materials.
What makes it all the more baffling is how the “gamer” replacement keycaps for the WASD, arrow, and escape keys are doubleshot PBT. Why couldn’t Cooler Master use these keycaps across the entire board? Especially when compared to every other aspect of build quality, this seems like a missed opportunity that will hopefully be corrected in the next go round.
Lighting up the board
There’s a lot of RGB lighting options on the MK750, and every setting is colorful and vivacious. I especially like the lighting bar that Cooler Master put on the bottom side of the keyboard, which illuminates the base as well as the keys.
Weirdly, this bar is obscured if you use the included wrist guard, so RGB lighting fans will unfortunately have to choose between added comfort or sweet lighting effects. You can choose between ten different effects, as well as their speed and direction, and you can save four different profiles on the MK750’s on-board memory.
All the RGB lighting can be adjusted entirely on board, with no additional software required. However, I found doing that to be a bit of a pain, as some of the key combinations aren’t entirely user friendly, and take a bit of time to get used to. It was a lot easier to download Cooler Master’s software and make adjustments there than to be constantly fumbling around with function keys that aren’t intuitively labeled.
The Cherry on top
Keyboard enthusiasts and gamers alike are simply over the moon about Cherry MX switches, and why wouldn’t they be? Cooler Master has wisely put their trust in Cherry, and used MX Brown switches in the MK750. It should come as no surprise that typing and gaming both felt great on this board. Everything was smooth and responsive, exactly what you expect from Cherry. For those who prefer a more “gamer” or “typist” oriented switch, Cooler Master also makes the MK750 with Reds and Blues.
A couple of quality of life features are absent in the MK750 that are worth mentioning. There’s no USB passthrough, which is nice for mice or an easy access thumb drive. The media keys, while a nice addition and small enough not to get in the way of those who don’t like them, are a bit too recessed, and can be somewhat difficult to press. There’s also no dedicated volume wheel, which is a surprising omission.
The MK750 stands tall
Despite some weird design quirks, the Cooler Master MK750 is one hell of a board. The combination of excellent build quality, nice lighting effects, and excellent switches easily overcome any shortcomings.