A Closer Look
Cooler Master’s MS110 keyboard is a US standard 104-key QWERTY layout. Several other layouts are available for other regions of the world.
There isn’t much to see on the rear, just the Cooler Master logo in the center and four feet.
The two feet at the rear flip out to provide an ergonomic tilt to the keyboard.
When powered up the first time, The keyboard is statically set to solid purple color.
The “mem-chanical” switches are a cost-effective way to marry the linear stroke feel that a mechanical switch gives, with the cost-effective price of a membrane keyboard.
The keys all use a Cherry compatible keycap if you wish to swap them out.
The top corner has your traditional Number/Caps/Scroll Lock indicators, as well as a gaming mode indicator. When in Gaming Mode, the Windows key is disabled.
One fun detail, the USB plugs are done in the signature Cooler Master purple color.
No software is required to control the lighting on the keyboard. A combination of the ‘Cooler Master’ key on the bottom row with other keys lets you control and customize the keyboard to your liking.
The included CM110 mouse features an ambidextrous design that is optimized for right-handers. All this really means is that the extra buttons are on the left side for right-handed thumb use, and no switches are on the right side.
Buttons 4 and 5 are on the left side in traditional spots, while an extra button is right behind the mouse wheel to adjust DPI on the fly between several pre-programmed levels including 400,800,1600 and 3200 DPI.
The bottom has three skates, one very large one at the front and two on the rear.
When powered on, the mouse features the same purple glow the keyboard starts with. The wheel and rear logo indicate the DPI setting.
The sidelights can be customized without software.
The mouse also features the Cooler Master purple-colored plug.
Testing is obviously quite subjective, how a peripheral ‘feels’ to a user is going to be different for each person. I tend to be really picky about keyboards and strongly prefer a Cherry MX Brown style mechanical switch, but I have to say that the mem-chanical switches were pleasantly surprising.
These have a little bit higher overall resistance than Cherry MX Browns but have a nice linear feel. The bottom-out is a little softer than a typical mechanical switch thanks to the membrane dome underneath but ends up very similar to my personal daily driver as it has the noise-reducing O-rings installed. For me, it was a rather surpassingly easy transition from my daily driver to this and I was able to game and type accurately almost instantly, something I’m not used to being able to do with the overwhelming majority of cheaper keyboards.
Mouse Polling Rate Test
Mouse Rate Checker 1.1b
“This little program measures and displays the sample rate of a mouse, i.e. how often the mouse sends information to your computer. It just measures the time between two "WM_MOUSEMOVE" messages and calculates the frequency.
There are programs to increase the sample rate of PS/2 mice to make the cursor movement smoother. To check your mouse's sample rate, just move the mouse quickly over the Mouse Rate Checker window until the average rate stays constant. It's possible that the rate is a bit inaccurate, especially at high rates (>=100 Hz). Try to uncheck the "show current rate" checkbox, which should lower CPU usage and close all other applications. If it's still inaccurate, blame Windows, not my program. ;-) Mouse Rate Checker 1.1b is Freeware.”
The Mouse does indeed have a 1000 Hz polling, meaning you have almost zero lag, even in the fastest paced games.