Let’s face it, the world of mechanical gaming keyboards has been over-saturated for quite a while now. It makes choosing a keyboard these days quite hard and just a lengthy process. While many companies have gone over the top with lights and other gimmicks many of us just want a solid keyboard that performs. Cooler Master thinks their new CK552 is the answer, as their tagline for the keyboard is “No-nonsense, no-compromise”. This full-size gaming keyboard features Gateron mechanical key switches, RGB backlighting, and a pretty simple design that will look great on any desk or setup. What’s even better is the price at only $86.99 at our favorite online retailer. That price makes it very attractive, especially for gamers who want to put as much money as they can into their graphics card, memory, etc.
Special thanks to Cooler Master for providing us with the CK552 Gaming Keyboard to review.
Switch Type: Gateron
Material: Plastic / Aluminum
Color: Midnight Black Brushed Aluminum
LED Color: RGB
Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
Response Rate: 1ms / 1000Hz
MCU: 32bit ARM Cortex M3
On board Memory: 512KB
On-the-fly system: Yes, for Multi-media, Macro Recording and Lighting Control
Multi-media Keys: Through FN
Cable: Fixed Rubberized 1.8m
Software Support: Yes, through Portal
Connector Cable: USB 2.0
Cable Length: 1.8m
Dimensions: 460*135*41 mm (L*W*H)
Product Weight (without cable): 850 g
Warranty: 2 years
The CK552 comes in a typical Cooler Master retail box. On the front we have a picture of the keyboard in action and there is a cut-out in the box that allows you to try out the switches before you buy the CK552.
Flipping over to the back many of the details are highlighted like the mechanical key switches, RGB backlighting, the brushed aluminum design, and the on-the-fly adjustments.
Getting everything out of the box we have the CK552, key cap puller, and a user’s guide.