Not that long ago we took a look at an awesome tenkeyless keyboard from Cooler Master in their MK730. While this is Cooler Master’s premium offering for a tenkeyless keyboard they also have the CK530, which is still a tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard with RGB backligting for only $69.99. The big difference between the two keyboards is that the CK530 makes use of Gateron mechanical key switches (compared to the Cherry MX on the MK730), it does not have a wrist rest or removable USB cable, and the overall size of the board itself is slightly larger. Cooler Master still keeps their brushed aluminum top plate with the CK530 and of course your have software control with the Cooler Master portal software. Let’s get to gaming with this keyboard and see what it can do!
The CK530 comes in a nice retail box with a picture of the keyboard on the front. The front also lets us know we have the version with the blue tactile and clicky switches. There is an opening on the front that actually allows you to try those switches out too, something more keyboard boxes need to have! The two models feel very authentic. The keystrokes sound crisp and sturdy, something that some cheap gaming keyboards just cannot replicate. Though there are budget gaming keyboards that can keep up with the quality, these two take the prize in quality.
Flipping over to the back we have an overview of the keyboard itself highlighting some of the main features.
Opening the box up and getting everything out we have the CK530 Gaming keyboard, keycap puller, and a user’s guide. Cooler Master does not include the small set of extra keycaps that you got with the MK730.