Cooler Master MasterKeys MK850 Keyboard Review: Page 4 of 7

Posted by James Keir on Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

Lifting the MK850 out from its box, we were first drawn to its curves and black gunmetal finish. It’s nice to see some familiar elements we have seen on other Cooler Master keyboards as well as a few new additions for the MK850.

Cooler Master MK850

Common across all of Cooler Master’s new line of keyboards is its anodized brushed aluminum top which always looks stunning in the light.

Cooler Master MK850

Across the entire edge of the MK850 the aluminum top bevels to give the keyboard a unique premium look.

Cooler Master MK850

Looking to the top right of the keyboard there are some dedicated Aimpad buttons which can turn off the feature or configure the amount of dead zone.

Cooler Master MK850

In the center we have some media keys for play/pause, next, previous, and mute plus an additional button to turn off the backlit RGB.

Cooler Master MK850

To the far right of the MK850 are two precision scroll wheels which can be configured using Cooler Master’s Portal software.

Cooler Master MK850

One of our favorite Cooler Master keyboard features is the ability to use the on-the-fly controls to change the lighting effects and record/adjust macros. This is accomplished by holding down the Cooler Master logo button and using other key outlines in the MK850 user guide.

Cooler Master MK850

At the back of the MK850 are two USB 3.0 ports along with a 3.5mm audio jack.

Cooler Master MK850

Mimicking another keyboard in the Cooler Master’s new lineup, the MK850 sports the same floating key design.

Cooler Master MK850

Flipping over the keyboard, it’s nice to see some cable channels which can route the cable to either side or in the middle. The back of the keyboard includes 2 oversized adjustable feet with the front having the commonly seen anti-slip pads.

Cooler Master MK850

The feet themselves feel quite solid and have a nice height to them.

Cooler Master MK850

Looking in the cutout attached to the cable change we have a gold-plated USB Type-C port for attaching the included cord.

Cooler Master MK850

The detachable wrist rest is covered with PU leather fabric and has a barely visible Cooler Master logo in the center. It is extremely soft to the touch and has firm padding underneath to support your wrist.

Cooler Master MK850

The bottom is comprised of hard plastic with 6 rubber pads to prevent slipping while in use. The pads are installed in all 4 corners with the remaining two in the middle.

Cooler Master MK850

The wrist rest easily attaches to the MK850 with its embedded magnets on its edge. We were a little surprised with how strong the included magnets were and they hold the wrist rest in place extremely well.

Cooler Master MK850

The included USB Type-C cord has a gold-plated connector as well as Cooler Master’s signature purple plastic insert. The cord itself contains black braided sleeving and has a must larger diameter then we have seen on previous keyboards. This is possibly due to the inclusion of the USB 3.0 passthrough ports on the back of the MK850.

Cooler Master MK850

If you're looking to add some flair to the MK850 you can do so with the included purple PBT keycaps. Personally, we like the added splash of color it gives to the MK850.

Cooler Master MK850

Pulling off some of the keycaps we see the installed Cherry MX red switches. We did take a peek at the 8 Aimpad switches and they looked identical to the normal ones.

Cooler Master MK850

Like the other Cherry MX switches, we have seen the RGB LED is located at the top of the switch.

Cooler Master MK850

By default, the MK850 is lit with Cooler Master’s royal purple but can easily be changed via the on-the-fly controls.

Cooler Master MK850

Turning off the lighting in my room enables us to see the vivid colors of the RGB LEDs on the Cherry MX switches.

Cooler Master MK850

Looking to the side of the MK850, the rainbow lighting effect is also seen in the lightbar on the front of the keyboard. 

Cooler Master MK850

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