Cooler Master CK721 Mechanical Wireless Keyboard Review
Published: 22nd February 2022 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: |
As part of creating all these reviews for you we're big fans of having as many keys as possible on a keyboard, particularly if we want to use ASCII symbols. However, we're aware that we're a special case, and if you're someone who just wants to have a compact keyboard for gaming or filling in forms and the like then the 60% sizing of the CK721 is not going to be an issue at all. It's just worth bearing in mind that you're losing some keys to attain that tiny footprint.
With that out of the way though, every other thing about the Cooler Master CK721 screams careful design and thoughtfulness.
The build quality is the thing that strikes you first and foremost, and remains with you long after you've finished using it. Opening the box and seeing it beneath a form-fitting dust cover gave a good first impression, and the deeper you delve into the details the stronger that impression becomes. The included wrist rest isn't some random item off the shelf, but custom designed to be exactly as wide as it needs to be, whilst being deep enough to support your hands no matter how large or small they are, and the foam is thick enough that you get plenty of support too. Ergonomics are vital if you spend any reasonable amount of time behind a keyboard and the CK721 promises to leave you as pain free in the long term as it's possible to be. The multi-angle feet only enhance this careful consideration for the users comfort.
The keyboard itself is also very robust. There is no flex in the chassis and the aluminium top lends a premium feel. Even the key caps, an area where we've seen our fair share of ones made from the kind of plastic usually reserved for chocolate boxes, but the CK721 has thick, soft-feeling plastics that make your fingertips happy. The mechanical switches beneath those key caps are indistinguishable from the famous Cherry MX ones, and that has to be a good thing. After all, aiming for the class leader and hitting your mark is a positive. The dial that controls all the functions is supremely well crafted. It's solid, it doesn't wiggle or wobble, and the adjustments are accurate and easy to find in the midst of battle. By giving you full control of the keyboard without needing to install the software it also means you could use all the functions of the CK721 on your television or console without needing to own a PC at all. The multiple connection options make it possible to use the latest Cooler Master keyboard with pretty much everything, and that's very freeing if you type a lot on your phone or the like. It's certainly a lot easier to search your streaming service of choice when you're not pecking at letters using the remote control.
With excellent lighting, a full macro suite, supreme build quality and a full choice of connectivity options the Cooler Master CK721 is a seriously capable keyboard and a deserving winner of our OC3D Gamers Choice award.