Cooler Master's New Tenkeyless Keyboard Lineup Review: Page 7 of 8

Posted by James Keir on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 8:01am

Testing

For testing, I used each keyboard for an entire day which included office work as well as some late-night gaming. After testing all the keyboards, all of them performed extremely well at both regular daily tasks and during my CS: GO matches.  Each keyboard has distinct differences that set itself apart from the other keyboards. If you were to choose one, it would be solely based on what feature(s) matter the most to you.

CK530

Cooler Master Tenkeyless

Sitting down with the CK530 was just like another day at the office since it’s almost identical to my daily driver: the CK552. Switching over to the tenkeyless version of the board was extremely easy since I rarely use the number pad for anything. What really sets the CK530 apart from the MK730 and SK630 is the brightness of its backlit keys. The RGB LEDs on the Gateron switches are much brighter than those included on the Cherry MX switches. I also really love the brushed aluminum top that seamlessly flows to the side. It gives this board a much more premium look and you would never guess it’s MSRP was only $69.99. My only complaint about the CK530 was that the model we received had blue switches. These are a little noisier than I like and not suitable for work environment if you work in close proximity to others.

MK730

Cooler Master Tenkeyless

Out of the three keyboards this one checked all the boxes of what I was personally looking for in a keyboard. One feature that the MK730 has that my current keyboard lacks is a wrist rest. I have never really thought about getting one, but after trying this out at work I don’t think I could go back. Being that 5 days out of the week I’m sitting at a computer for over 10 hours, I think this is really going to help me out. I could see on hotter days, sweat could become an issue but that would be easily solved since it’s only attached via magnets. Another plus with the MK730 is the Cherry MX red switches. Not only did they feel great, but they were also much quieter at the office than the blues on the CK530. If I were to change one thing about the MK730 it would to have the RGB LEDs from the Gateron switches and put them on the Cherry MX switches. The LEDs are still nice and vivid on the Cherry switch but they are just not nearly as bright as the ones on the CK530.

SK630

Cooler Master Tenkeyless

The SK630 was probably the keyboard that took the longest to get accustomed to due to its different keycaps. It was a similar experience to typing on some laptops with the wider keys that are much flatter than traditional keys. Though once I did get used to typing on it, I really wish all laptops had low profile Cherry MX switches in them. The switches felt much better than the laptop’s membrane keyboard and I really like the more tactile feel of mechanical switches. I really do like the height of the SK630 which is much smaller due to the low-profile switches and thin keycaps. It actually so low that it doesn’t need a wrist rest at all and is still as comfortable as the MK730 after long sessions at the computer. Something that did strike me as a little odd is that there is no adjust feet at the back of the board. So, if you’re not really happy about how the keys are angled, there isn’t much you can do about it. For me, this wasn’t an issue as it was comfortable right out of the box but it might be a problem for some people.

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