Cooler Master CK721 wireless mechanical keyboard with 3-way customizable dial now shipping for $120 USD
Cooler Master has just launched its CK721 65 percent keyboard with a bunch of auxiliary features that gamers and office users alike might appreciate. A sample was provided to us for our honest impressions.
The most notable features of the CK721 are its dial and three ways to connect to a host: Bluetooth 5.1, USB cable, or a dedicated wireless dongle. Users can toggle between the modes via a switch along the right edge while Bluetooth mode itself can save up to three different hosts for quickly toggling between them. Meanwhile, the physical dial makes certain adjustments such as volume, backlight brightness, and LED patterns more easy to control than on many other keyboards.
Unfortunately, the C721 has a number of faults that hinder the experience. Firstly, the switch along the right edge is too small and with not enough separation between the three modes. It's therefore easy to accidentally enable wireless dongle mode or Bluetooth mode when trying to switch to USB mode instead. Secondly, the Enter key is oddly too spongy when compared to the rest of the keyboard keys including the Space key. We're unsure if this is unique to our test unit, but we recommend checking after purchasing regardless.
Lastly, the removable aluminum top cover can be difficult to snap back on. Its latches along the edges and corners can attach incorrectly and so the whole deck can be slightly off-centered as a result.
The core typing experience is otherwise solid. The keyboard deck doesn't teeter while the palm rest is much thicker than most others. The keyboard backlight illuminates all symbols including the secondary and tertiary symbols on the front of the keys. The weak feedback on the Enter key, tiny switch, and inelegant removable aluminum top could have definitely been made better considering the $120 price point.