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Adam Fratus    2

Just got my MasterKeys Pro L with MX Browns today and am loving it so far. Coming from a Corsair Strafe RGB (I could not stand the weird spacing or key size, or whatever it was, I made errors all day long on it), the MasterKeys software leaves a lot to be desired. What REALLY irks me though is the inability to change the brightness with a key press. That should be absolutely necessary on a back-lit keyboard, and it is on almost every other back-lit keyboard I have ever owned. Please tell me this is being implemented in a future update. I hope the software gets more refined as well, Corsair really knocks it out of the park in that regard.

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Fuller    0
On ‎30‎/‎04‎/‎2016 at 10:57 PM, GurtTractor said:

Hi, I have some feedback regarding my new Masterkeys Pro L, these are just some immediate thoughts based on my use so far:

Overall so far it's very nice :). I really like the clean and minimal design, and the RGB lighting seems to work really well.

I noticed that the cable routing slot in the middle out the back doesn't hold on to the braided cable very well, meaning it can slip out when moving the keyboard around or when it's raised on the flip-out legs, and the fact that it uses a micro USB port gives me some concern about durability. This is a fairly minor issue though. :)

The finish of the keycaps is quite smooth, which can be nice, though for gaming or other uses where you need to rest on some keys for a long time I've found the Keys to have a bit of sticky tacky feeling, I prefer the more chalky feel of PBT keycaps for these purposes.They are also somewhat easily marked by fingerprints. I really hope that more major manufacturers start using PBT for their keycaps, as they really are so much nicer, in terms of durability, feel, and acoustics.

The spacebar is really noticeably noisy, which is a real shame, as the rest of the keys are pretty good in terms of acoustics

The keyboard does have some BIOS incompatility it seems, as I'm unable to access it via the delete key on my Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI motherboard, I have to use the delete key on a spare keyboard for that, however once in the BIOS I am able to navigate with the Masterkeys.

Something I'm really not happy about at the moment is that the Masterkeys Pro software continues to run in the background and uses about 2-5% of my CPU all the time, which isn't really acceptable. I might be ok with 0.1-0.5%, but an average of 3% usage on my 6600k is bit bad, on much lower end systems it could noticeably affect performance and be a real problem. I assume it keeps running in order to continuously supply CPU usage and equalizer data to the keyboard, which is ok, but I would prefer it if there was an option to totally kill the software on exit. I can manually end the task which is ok, but a menu option would obviously be more convenient.

Regarding the lighting customisation:

The main thing that's bothering me right now is with the Single Key reactive mode; The single key press colour fades to black before immediately changing back to the the "Rest" colour of the whole keyboard. This means that as you type you can see your presses 'popping' back to the original colour, which draws the eye and is a bit distracting and annoying. It would be much nicer if it would gently merge back into the Rest colour instead. If this could be fixed or changed in an update soon I would be very happy! :)

The MultiLayer option could do with plenty of work too, I really wish that we could have the options for each effect available with this mode, i.e. being able to use the Rest and Key colours for the Single Key mode for a particular set of keys. It would be nice to be able to have more than one zone using the same effect too, like two different zones using different Static colours, or Colour Wave directions. Are there limitations with the keyboard's onboard memory or processing capacity that might prevent it having a more fully featured suite of customisations?

I've noticed that when using the Breath mode some colours will not remain equal as brightness increases/decreases. I have my arrow keys and escape key set to a yellow Breath in a multilayer setting on one of my profiles and sometimes the RGB LEDS seem to become 'desynced' and start to alternate between different colours.

A feature I think a lot of people would like to see is some kind of quick overall brightness adjustment, I think a good way to do this might be to add two Fn key functions that will raise or lower all three RGB sliders for every key at the same time. Maybe Fn + Up Arrow/Down Arrow? If this could be added via a firmware update that would be excellent, I've seen quite a few comments on various sites that are asking if there is a quick way to adjust the brightness, so i think this would be a welcome feature. Again I don't know if there are memory/CPU limitations that might get in the way of this.

I'm really looking forward to the release of the SDK, and I hope we'll be able to effectively make our own very custom profiles and link to various programs. I read something about Corsair's SDK -

"The WASD movement controls shine in a white hue, while each of your weapons keys shine green—until you run out of ammo, that is, at which point those keys turn red. The Function keys across the top of the keyboard appear red to mirror your in-game health bar, and slowly deplete as zombies bash at your brains, fading to black as your health does as well. Finally, all the keys flash red when you’re struck in-game."

I assume this kind of functionality will depend heavily on the games support for this kind of integration. For myself, I plan on trying to have functionality linked into some audio programs, such as Reaper, Ableton, etc.

I hope the SDK will be released soon! :)

Thank you.

Perfect feedback that pretty much addresses everything.. A tragedy it was completely ignored.

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NJDEN    0
On 12/22/2016 at 10:24 PM, r4bbl3d4bbl3 said:

Just got my MasterKeys Pro L with MX Browns today and am loving it so far. Coming from a Corsair Strafe RGB (I could not stand the weird spacing or key size, or whatever it was, I made errors all day long on it), the MasterKeys software leaves a lot to be desired. What REALLY irks me though is the inability to change the brightness with a key press. That should be absolutely necessary on a back-lit keyboard, and it is on almost every other back-lit keyboard I have ever owned. Please tell me this is being implemented in a future update. I hope the software gets more refined as well, Corsair really knocks it out of the park in that regard.

 

Being able to adjust brightness on the fly would be great. You can kind of do it now by fidgeting with the first three function keys, but that's far from convenient. FN and arrow up and down would be a great choice, I think. And having 5 or so preset brightness settings. I'm also in favor of permanently keeping the scroll lock and caps lock keys illuminated. Having the option to keep them on and change the color when they're on or off in the software would be fantastic.

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I bought the Masterkey Pro S and its a fine Keyboard!!

I have a question:

I have downloaded a custom Light (Ripple) from user jackyliuxx but the Effect is not reacting on all keys! :(

Can i customize it with SDK to fix that? Or is there an tutorial to make some customs?!

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PMTB    0
1 hour ago, Boris Prümer said:

I bought the Masterkey Pro S and its a fine Keyboard!!

I have a question:

I have downloaded a custom Light (Ripple) from user jackyliuxx but the Effect is not reacting on all keys! :(

Can i customize it with SDK to fix that? Or is there an tutorial to make some customs?!

is it Pro S application? if it 's Pro L app, it won't work

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10 minutes ago, Boris Prümer said:

i have downloaded the Masterkey Portal...i think its for all Models??!

And the custom Profile is a standalone EXE, i dont need to run the app.

all of them is app, view properties, type is application. Pro L has more keys and if app using these keys, it can't find them and get error so something don't work for Pro S

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kartana    5

I just bought the Masterkeys Pro S and the F7 and F9 keys swap colors when I open the software. Whenever I open the software to change colors, it swaps the colors of the F7 key to the F9 key and vice versa. Latest FW and Software. German version of the keyboard.

This happens if I have F5-F8 one color and F9-F12 a different one. If I have only F7 a different one it changes it to the color the other F keys have without transferring the color to F9.

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Maowhree    5

I opened a support ticket @CM Fanzone, here's my inquiry and reply from the CM support:

 

Hi, I bought this keyboard partly because it was heavily marketed as a keyboard which offered many ways to customize the lighting effects and patterns etc through software (as the makerhub suggests). As of now, though, there is no way to properly configure such 'profiles' in the software and can only run user programmed .exe files. The SDK has been released but it is pretty much unusable and the documentation is broken (not a single word in english inside). Is the software ever going to be updated? Almost one year has passed since release and there has been NO WORD on this matter whatsoever and generally a shameful lack of communication / post-purchase support on your part.

 

Dear Maurizio, Thank you for your inquiry. We are sorry to hear that you are not so satisfied with keyboard. Unfortunately are there no plans at the moment to release a software update for this. We however will pass your feedback to our keyboard product manager. On our MakerHub wwebsite, there is all the information available for the SDK. http://makerhub.coolermaster.com/custom-lighting/ If you have any other question please let us know. Kind regards, Cooler Master support

 

I leave any kind of consideration to you,

Have a good day! :)

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Iwan    0
On 1/24/2017 at 9:04 PM, Maowhree said:

I opened a support ticket @CM Fanzone, here's my inquiry and reply from the CM support:

 

Hi, I bought this keyboard partly because it was heavily marketed as a keyboard which offered many ways to customize the lighting effects and patterns etc through software (as the makerhub suggests). As of now, though, there is no way to properly configure such 'profiles' in the software and can only run user programmed .exe files. The SDK has been released but it is pretty much unusable and the documentation is broken (not a single word in english inside). Is the software ever going to be updated? Almost one year has passed since release and there has been NO WORD on this matter whatsoever and generally a shameful lack of communication / post-purchase support on your part.

 

Dear Maurizio, Thank you for your inquiry. We are sorry to hear that you are not so satisfied with keyboard. Unfortunately are there no plans at the moment to release a software update for this. We however will pass your feedback to our keyboard product manager. On our MakerHub wwebsite, there is all the information available for the SDK. http://makerhub.coolermaster.com/custom-lighting/ If you have any other question please let us know. Kind regards, Cooler Master support

 

I leave any kind of consideration to you,

Have a good day! :)

 

First i have strafe rgb the light is very good but the inability to custom the light without the software is kinda a cons for me, then i buy masterkeys pro s is a really great keyboard for me but i have to sell it again for change to a corsair k65 rapidfire so it pair for my scimitar mouse, then i got bored of k65 thick cable and i dont use the passtrough so 2 usb became annoyed me a bit, so i decide to purchase again brand new masterkeys pro a, and i love it, but a you say that they didnt have a plan to update software kinda dissapoint me, is a really great hardware, but inability to adjust the brighness level especially in color shift mode is really a liability, i love color shift mode, is the brightness though really blind my eye even in high lighting environment, please at least launch a new board base on masterkeys pro s/tkl or just update the software so cm brand can compare to the like of razor blackwidow fully supported many games, i hope you all have a great day, sorry for my rambling lol

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