Cooler Master CK530 Gaming Keyboard Overview
The Cooler Master CK530 is a tenkeyless keyboard, which really has become my favorite form factor for a gaming keyboard. Cooler Master has kept the design very similar to the MK730, but the CK530 is slightly larger with more room on the edges. There is a brushed aluminum top plate, which looks quite good.
You will notice a few alternate functions on some of the keys for lighting, macros, and multimedia. You will be able to set macros and change the lighting on the keyboard without any software, but Cooler Master does back this keyboard up with software as well.
Under the hood you have Gateron mechanical key switches. I actually prefer Gateron’s to Kailh switches, but neither of them compare to Cherry MX switches. We received the version of the keyboard with blue switches, but they also offer the CK530 with red or brown Gateron switches.
Looking at the keyboard from the side we can see that by default the keyboard is set at a slight angle and the first three rows of keycaps are angled down, while the top three are angled up. This is very typical for gaming keyboards. A set of pop-out feet give you an even better angle.
Flipping the keyboard over you can see those two pop-out feet as well as two rubber feet that will keep the keyboard in place on your desk.
Unlike the MK730 this keyboard does not have a detachable USB cable and this cable is not braided. We have an attached rubber cable here.