Testing & Performance
System specifications are pretty minor testing mice and keyboards but we used an ASUS ROG Maximus Code board with a 7700K processor and an EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 so the system was up to snuff for gaming and testing gaming keyboards and mice.
The MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard:
The keyboard itself is pretty small footprint with no wrist rest accommodations and that took a bit of getting used to but the tactile response was definitely there in a clicky way. The tactile response wasn’t as loud as a mechanical keyboard which a lot of people will like and die-hard mechanical users will take some getting used to. This is an entry-level offering and we found the tactile response to be good for gaming and quiet if that’s an issue around your household. Key travel and actuation were short and unencumbered by having to pound the key with a 50 80 gram weight which seems to be a standard on some mechanicals.
The anti-ghosting of up to 26 keys is a great feature and no keystrokes we felt the tactile response on were missed during long intensive gaming sessions. (Yes long intensive gaming sessions are horrible and it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it). We swapped out for one of the solid red colors during gaming because the RGB wave became to distractive but its intent isn’t hours long gaming but more as an eye catcher which it does well.
Overall if we were starting out in gaming and wanting to dump that OEM keyboard from any of the popular off the shelf manufacturers we would be quite satisfied with the MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard and ecstatic to see it as a birthday or Xmas gift.
The MasterSet MS121 Gaming Mouse:
The moue was a bit small for our hands but many of us at the lab are large people with ginormous hands and it is a clinch type mouse. We soon found out that clenching wasn’t a 24/7 job and the mouse was ergonomic enough we could palm rest and guide the mouse through less intensive gameplay and clench when action-packed FPS movement was needed. The clicks on the right and left were easy and actuation took almost no effort.
The scroll wheel rubber gave a sure grip and the mouse despite being lightweight didn’t feel cheap or flimsy and the OMROM 10 Million actuation lifetime switches didn’t hurt our feelings any. Tracking was accurate and fast and the DPI adjustment was linear and you have to feel out the DPI you need as there’s no software or OLED indication of DPI. By Linear, we mean you go from 500 DPI to 750 to 1500 then lastly 3500. We would have traded the 750 setting for 1000 DPI as 750 was a little low and 1500 was a little high but after getting used to it we had no problem scoring hits in FPS and movement in RPG games was easy.
Again if we were dumping a $20 Microsoft mouse or an OEM model we would feel like we were driving a sports car after trading in an economy model.