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Cooler Master CK530 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard

Review by:  Jennifer Griffiths 

Video & Testing by: Philip Griffiths

Introduction :

 

Whether your typing is Andante' or Allegro, you want a keyboard that's perfecto!  Today we are looking at the Cooler Master CK530 keyboard.  I've taken a peek at it already.  So far, it's sassy and classy.  But, I want to get up close and personal with it before I give it my verdict.  I expect nothing but the best from Cooler Master.  Why?  Because way back when I first started building computers, they were the most sought after brand where I hale from.  They were the McLaren of computers.  

 

So, without further ado, I am off to test this keyboard and see if it lives up to my expectations. 

 

 

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Main Features:

 

  • Brushed Aluminum Design 

  • Gateron Blue Mechanical Switches

  • Per-Key RGB Backlighting with on the fly controls 

 

Specifications:

 

 

Product NameCK530

Switch TypeGateron

MaterialPlastic / Aluminum

ColorGunmetal

LED ColorRGB

Polling Rate1000 Hz

Response Rate1ms / 1000Hz

MCU32bit ARM Cortex M3

On board Memory512KB

For full specs follow the link 

 

http://www.coolermaster.com/peripheral/keyboards/ck530/

 

 

Manufacturer statement:

 

Get a straightforward keyboard that performs well on the battlefield with the CK530 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard. A portable, tenkeyless format allows you to take your gear without sacrificing features or performance. Mechanical switches rated for 50 million clicks will guarantee your keyboard will stay combat-ready during all your long-lasting skirmishes. On-the-Fly Controls allow customization of your settings like RGB lighting and macros in real time, while software lets you get even further customization. Simply put, the CK530 is a capable tool that gets the job done.


About Cooler Master :

Cooler Master is a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components. With a 25-year track record, Cooler Master is driven by passion for the things that make building a PC a rewarding experience and sustained by a vision that can reinvent the way machines are designed, made, and used to make the ultimate gaming experience. From its landmark release of the first ever aluminium PC case to the ground-breaking switch of the modular format, Cooler Master is committed to bringing customers and fans the utmost in choice and control.

Packaging:

The packaging is cheerful with the use of Cooler Master's trademark purple bands around the box.  The high-quality picture of the keyboard lit-up 
against a black background gives it that look of sheer awesomeness!  It will catch the eyes of your customers and you will be happy to display it in your shop.  You can also feel the keys in the cut out provided on the box around the arrow keys.  Top marks for style and convenience of the packaging.

Unboxing:
Inside you will find the keyboard, a booklet, and a keycap remover tool. 
 
Installation:
 
Simply plug into a vacant USB port and play.  No fancy software needed!

 

Testing:

 

We gave it the ultimate test.  We invited the kids that frequent our shop to have a go on it.  The seven kids ranged from 8 to 14.  I've never heard so much clicking in my life.  If I am honest I was ready to scream.  But, the keyboard survived that bunch, and if it can do that, I have high hopes for its longevity.  
 

Pricing:

£69.99 inc VAT
 

Suppliers:

 

  • Exertis

  • VIP

  • Target

  • Centerprise
     

Conclusion:

 

Simply put, this keyboard is great value for money and sure to please...well, almost everyone!  If the keypad is not really needed by you, this keyboard is great in that Cooler Master has taken that out to create a space-saving keyboard that won't cramp your style or fingers.  I love the feel of it.  My hands were not cramped and the keys were like a typing dream.  If you are a touch typist, this is the next best thing to the old school keyboards or typewriters you learned to type on.  The keys are more raised up and that means accuracy.  I only had one let down on this keyboard and it is a small thing.  I wanted the cable to be braided.  Other than that, they nailed it.  If all I can say negative is they did not braid the cable, it's a Well Done Cooler Master from me.

 

Stand out point: Gateron Blue Mechanical Switches....SWEET!

 

Pros:

  • Proper mechanical keyboard

  • RGB Per Key

  • brushed aluminium design for that sexy look 

  • on the fly controls

  • space saving

  • USB connection is purple and the Cooler Master logo is on the end as well showing pride in product

  • easy key removal

  • feels great!
     

Cons:

  • cable not braided

     

 

 

 

They got a GAMERS CHOICE and Platinum Award for this product.