Cooler Master’s New Tenkeyless Keyboard Lineup Review


The CK530, MK730, and SK630 all have identical experiences with Cooler Master’s software but do require a separate application installed for each. To install the software for each keyboard you first much download and install version 1.01 of the Portal software from Hopefully, all these keyboards will get integrated into the new version of Cooler Master’s Portal 1.4.2 software into the future.

From here it will detect all compatible hardware and give you the ability to manage the installation of the application and update the firmware on your piece of hardware. Once you installed the software you can run it either via the Portal software using the “Start” button or the icon that is placed on the desktop during the installation.

Running the software for the MK730, there are 4 different menu items for configuring the keyboard. They include: LED, Macro, Key Map, and Profiles. Looking at the LED tab, there are several preloaded RGB profiles for you to choose from. Below is the list of some of the effects along with a description:

  • Static – A single color
  • Rainbow wave – Cycling colors that go across the keyboard
  • Crosshair – Crosshair pattern starting from a pressed key
  • Reactive Fade – When a key is pressed, the color changes then slowly fades back to the original color.
  • Custom – Ability to assign your own colors to keys
  • Stars – Colors showing up on random keys giving a twinkling star effect
  • Rain – Rain like streams falling down the keyboard
  • Color Cycle – Color cycling across all keys
  • Breathing – Color fading in and out
  • Ripple – Color rippling back and forth in both directions starting from a pressed key
  • Snowing – Snowflake-like clusters falling down the keyboard
  • Reactive Punch – a “punch” of keys given a random color and fade away starting from a pressed key
  • Heartbeat – A heartbeat line across the keyboard starting from a pressed key
  • Fireball – A fireball going down the keyboard starting from a pressed key
  • Circle Spectrum – A rainbow-like effect in a swirl formation
  • Reactive Tornado – A rainbow-like effect in a swirl formation starting from a pressed key
  • Water Ripple – Colors rippling in a circular pattern starting from the pressed key
  • Snake – Play a game of snake using the directional keys

On the Macro tab, you are able to record key actions and then assign that to a single key. For each macro you record, you can set it up either to run once when the key is pressed, run while holding your key down or toggle on/off when you press the key.

The next tab Keymap allows you to re-assign or disable each key on the keyboard. Each key has a colored border letting you know if it has been reassigned (purple) or disabled (red).

When you press a key for reassignment it prompts you to press the new key to assign. If you change your mind you can click “Cancel” or if you want to return the key to its default assignment you can do so with the “Default” button. After setting up your new assignment just click “Save” to apply the changes.

The last tab allows you to create and manage each of the 4 profiles of the keyboard.

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