Cooler Master continues to expand its line of peripherals for those who like to play in style. The CK550v2 cheap gaming keyboard is the second iteration of the Cooler Master CK550 and combines the very best of its predecessor.
Translated from gametech
Specifications of gaming mechanical keyboard
Switch type: mechanical Materials: aluminum, plastic Interface: USB 2.0 Number of Keys: 117 Switches: (Gateron) Red (close to Cherry MX Red) Force before actuation: 45 SN Full stroke: 5mm Switch resource: 50 million clicks Response time: 1ms Cable length: 1.8m Dimensions: 460 x 135 x 41mm Weight: 908 g
The keyboard has a skeletal look, that is, the keys are raised above the top panel.
The top panel of the keyboard is made of dark brushed aluminum, which matches perfectly with the RGB lighting.
The digital block is traditionally located on the right side. There are also LED indicators: NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock.
The combination of the FN modifier and arrow keys can change the backlight speed in some modes.
The Cooler Master CK550v2 comes with a porous rectangular wrist pad that tactilely resembles multiple layers of typical mouse pads.
There is no fastening to the keyboard itself, but this does not prevent the substrate from holding firmly on the table due to the large friction area and the material itself.
Each key has its own customizable backlight.
The switch caps have a cylindrical shape, the Latin characters are displaced to the upper center and are well lit by the built-in LED. Cyrillic characters are not illuminated at all and are shifted to the lower center part, so the switch LED is shifted to the upper part, like most mechanical keyboards.
The Latin font is approximately 4 mm high and the Cyrillic font is 3 mm. Both fonts are easy to read and distinguishable from each other under normal lighting conditions.
Some online resources claim that these are Gateron switches, which exactly copy Cherry MX and are designed as a cheaper alternative, but differ from other clones (let’s not name them) in predictable quality, that is, good quality. There is no confirmation on the Cooler Master official website that these are Gateron switches.
On the underside of the device there are two folding legs for changing the keyboard tilt angle by 10-15 ° relative to the working surface.
In addition to the folding legs, on the bottom there are two rubberized semi-cylindrical plates in the right and left lower corners. They provide a secure grip on the table surface, eliminating accidental displacement of the keyboard.
Firmware and lighting of mechanical gaming keyboard
After downloading and installing the firmware from the official website, you can immediately start setting up the backlight and profiles of the connected device. It is important to download the most recent version of the application.
On the main screen, you can select the backlight mode, speed, brightness and backlight direction (bottom right corner). In certain modes that use a single color, you can choose your own color from 16.7 million shades and save it by dragging and dropping from the Foreground to Custom Colors section.
There are the following illumination modes: Static, rainbow wave, crosshair, jet fade, stars, snowfall, rain, brute force, breath, ripple, jet kick, heartbeat, fireball, circular spectrum, jet tornado, water ripple, snake game , multiple layers, multiple zones, system status and shutdown the entire device.
The penultimate one displays on the keyboard in the diagram how the processor is loaded. The higher the load, the higher the backlight rises. Blue to red scale.
The “Snake” mode will allow, in the absence of games, to play snake on the keyboard, if desired, without a monitor.
You can also choose a background color while the effect is running, or turn off the backlight altogether. This way you can achieve interesting lighting effects by experimenting with combining different modes with different colors.
Practice in games
We tested the device in the following games: Mordhau, Escape from Tarkov, Path of Exile, Starcraft II, For Honor, and Battle Brothers.
Overall the experience is good, but more was expected from the second version of the keyboard.
The keys are pressed well, do not stick. More than 10 keys can be pressed at the same time. If you play with one hand on the keyboard, then you do not need to worry, since usually no more than 4 fingers are used at the same time to control the character’s movements and press the jump button on the space bar. The number 10 is conditional in this statement, it will be easier to say that regardless of the number of simultaneous presses, the command will be executed accurately and without interference from the device.