Review: Cooler Master SK621 keyboard

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Cooler Master today has released the SK621, keywords, light, compact, RGB, Low profile Cherry MX, wired and Bluetooth wireless. Yeah, Cooler Master just released what can be considered an incredibly p...

    Review: Cooler Master SK621 keyboard
     
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    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    Interesting keyboard with quite a lot of features packed into 60% frame.
    However, there are several key problems here - afaik only switches on this one are MX red / speed silver. Soft linear switch in combination with low profile key will result in very frequent misclicks.
    Additionally, cheap laser etched ABS will start shine after several months, followed by letters wearing out. Here's an example of a very common issue in all those "g@m3r" keyboards.
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    Slap on top of it non-standard layout and low profile cherry keys and you have a wonderful set of incompatibilities with a vast majority of 3rd party custom caps sets which can partially "fix" the above issues.

    Nice keyboard, but I wouldn't use it myself.
     
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    rl66 Ancient Guru

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    Misclick is really a silver (normal and even more on low profile) switch issue, those are really for skilled user for typing... or for gamer due to their conception.
    Red are more everyday use and are more easy to use.

    About the non-standard layout it is because there is many sub-layout exemple as born in France but not french resident i prefer use ISO FR keyboard but you have african, canadian, french, belgium (and more) all those sub-layout are ISO FR (AZERTY) but nearly all ponctuation and symbol are different.
    It's the same for QWERTY exemple US layout is different than ENG one despite same language (also USA preference goes to ANSI layout over ISO and so the key are not in the same allignement).

    And about the quality, It's not high quality PBT on keycaps... well... it's a "g@m3r keyboard" lol

    Since i go to 62% keyboard i don't see me going back to TKS or full keyboard... but i won't go with this one despite some interesting thing in it.

    Nice review Hilbert
     
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    150e for this , while i like how it looks , there's no way i for one will pay this price , max i would pay for it is 100e on a good day
    Beside's that i really like it.
     
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    rl66 Ancient Guru

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    Sure, even more with the Ducky Channel One Mini RGB is at 109 Euro and Varmilo entry level 60% is at 125 Euro, both in every MX flavor in all EU...
     
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    It is nowhere near compact, unfortunately. I was waiting for this kb but it seems I'd stay with Anidees. Weird design decisions and large distance makes it not too appealing.
     
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    metagamer Ancient Guru

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    no PBT key caps, no chance.
     
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    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    GMMK + switches of your choice + custom PBT keycaps for less.
     
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    Netherwind Ancient Guru

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    I wish small keyboards would cost less than full sized ones but apparently not.

    That's why I hate Sweden, here we pay overprice for everything "computer". The Ducky is 139€ here, noice.
     
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    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    You have an economy and wages to match the cost unlike the VAST majority of other countries.
     
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    waltc3 Maha Guru

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    Still looking for something the size of a Logitech Illuminated keyboard sans mechanical switching--the mechanical switches I've tried are all far too small for my hands to be useful. I actually find the Logitech quite nice, actually. The size is right and it's quiet. Anyone have experience with something similar, but different? Thx!
     
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    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    All switches throught human history were more or less the same size. So your comment about "too small for my hands" doesn't make any sense to me.

    Do you mean they are too soft? If that's the case look at switches that are over 60g+ force.
     
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    Neo Cyrus Ancient Guru

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    Any Cooler Master mechanical keyboard I've had ended up immediately like that one. Getting any sort of RMA from them for any product for any reason was a pain, and I'd always end up with a refurb item in FAR worse condition that what I initially sent in to be replaced. And the last mouse I was sent as a "new" replacement of was dead out of the box. I didn't even bother contact them again after that one I was so frustrated, and very much expected them to not replace it. Oh and don't bother try to buy key caps from them to replace their shitty ones which rub off in a month, they'll tell you to frack off.

    At this point I don't think I'd ever buy from CM again, even if it's the only match for what I'm looking for.
     

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