Devastator II Keyboard Overview
The Devastator II keyboard is your typical keyboard with a full 104-key layout, plus six multimedia keys. The keyboard has official dimensions of 45.5 x 3.5 x 18cm and is mainly made of plastic. The keycaps have clear writing on them, which makes them a little hard to read if you don’t have the backlighting turn on. The keycaps have a light rubberized coating, which should make them very comfortable to use. While there is no detachable wrist rest the actual frame of the keyboard extends 4cm below the bottom row of keys. With my use of the keyboard my wrist sat below this though.
At the top of the keyboard you will find the six multimedia keys. These include stop, play pause, and back and forward on the far left and then volume down and volume up on the right side. It is good to have dedicated multimedia keys so if you need to adjust volume you don’t have to go out of game to do it. The USB cable is hard-wired into the keyboard and is your typical rubber cable, it does have extra support on each end which will stop the cable from failing.
Being a budget keyboard you are not going to get true mechanical key switches, but Cooler Master has outfitted the Devastator II with their “mem-chanical” switches. These switches use a rubber dome with a plunger that has 4mm of travel. This gives the switches more of a mechanical feel. The keycaps are also Cherry MX compatible, so if you wanted to add aftermarket keycaps to this keyboard you can.
Taking a look at the keyboard from the side we can see that the first three rows of keys are angled down, the 4th row is pretty much flat, and then the last two rows are angled up. The keyboard does offer a slight height and angle adjustment via the two pop-out feet on the bottom, although it is smaller than most keyboards.
The bottom of the keyboard has four rubber feet on the bottom that will keep in place when you are using it.
When you plug the keyboard in you can turn the backlighting on by pressing the function (Cooler Master) key and the scroll lock key. The backlighting is red, although Cooler Master does sell blue and green versions of this kit. There is only one brightness level and there are no special features like breathing. The backlighting is plenty bright enough though.