Cooler Master MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Review

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Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:00am

Introduction

The Cooler Master MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse set is an entry level RGB keyboard and mouse set that uses the Mem-chanical Clicky switches designed by Cooler Master. Mem-chanical is a membrane keyboard set up to mimic a mechanical keyboard and in this case, Cooler Master has done a pretty good job of giving you the tactile feedback of a mechanical keyboard at a more membrane keyboard price. CM tossed in an Avago 3050 Optical Sensor gaming mouse capable of 500 - 3500 DPI operation with 4 levels of DPI adjustment (500, 750, 1500, 3500. RGB is all the rage and the Cooler Master MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse set delivers what we would term "RGB lite" and is not controlled by software but by keystroke combinations using an FN key and mostly FN - F1 - F12 combination. Some multimedia functionality is delivered by the same FN key combination method. The keystroke combination method frees you up from jumping to software to change colors, RGB or effects but eliminates any hope of a per key programmability. The good news is even though there's no per key programmability Cooler Master did implement "RGB Lite" in an elegant manner and there are plenty of effects and colors to explore. Being an entry-level set the MasterSet MS121 doesn't offer software adjustability so macro keys are not on the table here but if you want to add some macro key functionality there are software options out there (AutoHotKey) with plenty of simple tutorials.

MasterSet MS121

The MSRP has yet to be released but we would guess the Cooler Master MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse comes in at around $89.99 and yes we will come back to this review and change that guess ruthlessly! 

Cooler Masters take on the MasterSet MS121:

"The MasterSet MS121 is your first step to grown-man gaming, with two tools to help you elevate your skills.

It includes a durable keyboard outfitted with Mem-chanical Clicky switches, which abandon the mushiness of membranes for the clicky satisfaction of mechanical keyboards. 

It also comes with an equally decked out mouse to last you through your heated skirmishes, with a Pixart optical sensor, adjustable DPI settings on-the-fly and side buttons. 

Add in RGB capability for looks and easy multimedia keys for convenience, and you have everything in your arsenal to go on a killing streak."

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