Sven (Submitted on 20th May 2017)
For a long time I wanted an upgrade for my dated Cherry-MX Board 3.0. It served me well, and the switched worked flawlessly but the keycaps were too flat for my preference and also I wanted some of that RGB sweetness everybody is talking about right now.
To be honest I just wanted regular backlight, but hey whatever now I got RGB backlight. Pretty cool!
At first I was a bit skeptical because of the Prize and hesitated a lot before eventually purchasing the keyboard.
On a side note: the packaging is nice and secured the keyboard sufficiently during the shipping.
Regarding the keyboard: I like it a lot! The keycaps feel very nice when typing and the switches are known Cherry Quality. The backlight looks really beautiful and the software offers a lot of presets ready to be used.
What I like a lot about this keyboard is it's simplistic style. It was really hard finding a keyboard with mechanical switches and RGB lightning that's not targeted solely at the gaming crowd. There's no ugly sc-fi font on the caps and also no cross-hatch metal optic on the keyboard itself. Just plain and simple black on black.
I have to point out some minor details which I don't like about the masterkeys, though. Although I have to say that these are not criteria that would keep me from buying it again if I had to.
Number one is the Keycap Material, I think PBT would have boosted the Keyboards feel and sound a lot. From my experience with other keyboards they give a much more lower end sound when typing and they don't get that glossy finish after a few months of intense typing that ABS gets.
Number two would be also about sound but only for the space bar. Hitting the space bar does not sound that nice. that could probably have been solved better with some additional phantom switches instead of the mechanism that's in place now.
And the last one, I was looking forward to the SDK for the keyboard but unfortunately the code is commented in Chinese (I think, sorry I'm really not good with Asian Languages) and the documentation that comes with it is not that great. I just think it's something worth being mentioned being that it's actively being advertised on the product page.
But I think those 3 negative points are things that could easily be fixed in a Rev. 2 or with a little effort in writing proper (English) documentation for the SDK.
None the less I really, really like this keyboard albeit it's high price point. I think the purchase was really worth it and I love typing on it!
Also it was a major optical upgrade for my desk. Just cycling through the colors looks so damn cool!