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Here’s your chance to try another affordable, compact mechanical keyboard

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You can use Cooler Master's new 65% layout mechanical keyboard with PC or Mac.
You can use Cooler Master's new 65% layout mechanical keyboard with PC or Mac.
Photo: Cooler Master

Hardcore gamers, dedicated office workers, gear geeks — can you ever have enough choice among affordable mechanical keyboards? Well, another new one entered the fray recently when peripherals maker Cooler Master released its new CK721 Gaming Keyboard.

The new keeb sports a sleek 65% layout, customizable features and compatibility with macOS, iOS, Windows and Android.

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Cooler Master CK721 mechanical keyboard

Cooler Master’s said its new, compact, wireless CK721 Gaming Keyboard has the form and features to make it a “daily driver” for both the home and office. With its 65% layout (versus a full-sized keyboard), it’s not difficult to take it with you.

For comfort, you can use the keyboard’s two-set feet to prop it up at any of three different angles. And it comes with a wrist rest made from low-friction cloth.

Wired or wireless connectivity, control dial

Cooler Master said the CK721 provides both wired and wireless functionality. You can choose to connect it via USB-C cable, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 5.1. In Bluetooth mode, the keyboard lets you pair three distinct profiles with three individual devices, allowing you to soft-switch via key press between them.

A 3-way customizable dial gives you control over media volume, mute and backlighting with a single turn or a press. You can customize the dial using MasterPlus+ software.

TTC mechanical switches, wide compatibility

The CK721 uses TTC tactile mechanical switches rated for 50 million+ key presses, Cooler Master said. You can choose from Blue, Brown or Red switches depending on the typing feel and sound you want.

Suitable for use with most devices, the keyboard is compatible with macOS, iOS, Windows 8 and Android. You can set it up to switch between devices with a key press.

Cooler Master said the CK721’s  2000mAh battery allows for 73 hours of use when connected via Bluetooth, and up to 14 hours when connected via 2.4GHz wireless (with LED off).

The company said the board is built on a minimalist housing with an aluminum top plate you can remove for cleaning or to customize down the road. And, upon later release, you can get a braided coiled cable, PBT keycap sets and colored aluminum top plates to change things up as you like.

Currently, the CK721 comes in two versions: space gray with black keycaps and silver with white keycaps. You can pick it via the retailer search on the Cooler Master website or at Amazon for $119.99.

Where to buy: Amazon