Catching up on some Computex announcements that we missed, our focus is turned to Cooler Master. As a current owner of a five-year old CM Storm with Cherry MX Brown switches, I believe that the company has a solid idea of how to make good peripherals, and I’ve always been a fan of their cases as well. Cooler Master has successfully made the switch from being just focused on cooling and power supplies to using their brand power to offer peripherals, accessories, specialist equipment, and high-end audio gear, and as expected they’ve RGB-fied all the things. Keyboard enthusiasts beware: your wallet may already be draining before you finish reading this post!
Cooler Master SK600 series
Cooler Master’s press release didn’t really play up their new SK family of keyboards, but make no mistake these are the stars of the show. The SK family is a new line of keyboards made with the new Cherry MX Low Profile switches, featuring completely flat keycaps with laser etching and per-key RGB backlighting. There are there keyboards in the family – a 100% scale 104 key keyboard (SK640), a 80% scale tenkeyless keyboard (SK630), and a 60% scale compact keyboard (SK620), pictured above. The keyboards attach using a removable USB-C cable, and are designed for portability. The design and the platform is so new that Cooler Master had their only prototype units on display at Computex 2018 – even the software that the SK family uses is brand new. Cooler Master says we can expect these to ship in Q4 2018/Q1 2019.
Cooler Master CK550
If traditional keyboard designs are your kind of thing, there’s the new CK550 104-key keyboard to nab your attention. Featuring Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Red switches, the CK550 is a fully RGB backlit wired keyboard with a brushed aluminium top plate and very few frills otherwise. This is a direct replacement of older designs like the CM Storm Quickfire Pro and similar designs, giving users the chance to upgrade to a newer keyboard without needing to retrain themselves with a different layout. Even the function key rows on my Quickfire Pro are identical to the CK550. The CK550 will be available in most regions starting at the end of June 2018.
Cooler Master MH750 series
Cooler Master’s headsets have gained a pedigree of their own, being known for high quality and not being afraid to try radical new ideas. The MH750 series takes things back a bit and settles into a more mature design language, including no RGB lighting and choosing premium finishes like leatherette earcups and a headband. The omni-directional microphone is capable of noise cancellation and is also detachable, and when you’re ready to pack it away the earcups twist to lie flat. The range is made up of the MH751, with in-line volume controls and 3.5mm audio jacks, and the higher-priced MH752, which boasts 7.1 surround sound compatible with the Dolby Digital standard and USB connectivity. The MH751 and MH752 will make their debut in 2H 2018, and no pricing has been announced.
Cooler Master XG series
Cooler Master’s other prototype shown at Computex 2018 was their first in-house power supply. The XG Gold 750 pictured above is the company’s first attempt at making their own power supply design from scratch, starting with a clean sheet design and sourcing all the parts themselves. Even the manufacturing is in-house. Becoming their own OEM is a big leap for the company, and that’s probably why they’re testing it out on a product that will be a mainstream seller. While the unit is still in prototyping, a version of the XG 750 on the Computex floor reportedly had an LED display embedded into the chassis that would show off the load levels and some statistics on the power supply’s current power draw.
That’s all from the peripherals side of Cooler Master! Keep an eye out for the company’s cases in another article coming out today.