When entering the gaming field, it can often be challenging to decide what peripherals to choose, especially when there are so many brands and types available. The decision can be even more difficult to make when you notice the price of peripherals that are on the market. However, stress no more! Cooler Master has products for pro-gamers and newbies, and we are going to look at a set of peripherals aimed at the latter group. So, in this article, we are going to take a look at the MS110, Cooler Master’s intro mouse and keyboard set for newbies to gaming.
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Unboxing the Cooler Master MS110:
The design of the box matches all the Cooler Master keyboard boxes, with a cutout on the front above the arrow keys. This cutout allows gamers to test the keys before making a purchase – very cool might I add. Inside the box is, of course, the mouse and keyboard. The keyboard usually overlayed with a plastic covering; however, this review model did come with one of those. The mouse is surrounded by grey foam to make sure that it doesn’t move around in the packaging, especially during transportation.
Other than those few things, there isn’t anything else to report on the unboxing. There are your standard warranty and user manuals that are in the box, and that is it. In this review box, we didn’t notice a key puller, which isn’t necessary since you can remove the keys relatively easily; however, it’s nice to have just in case.
- Switch Type: Mem-chanical Switch
- Material: Plastic, Metal Plate
- Color: Black
- LED Color: RGB – 6 zones RGB LEDs
- Key Rollover: 26 Keys Anti-Ghosting
- Polling Rate: 125Hz
- Connector Cable: USB 1.1 (PC)
- Dimensions: 440 x 134 x 40.3 mm
- Weight: 988g (without cable)
The keyboard has USB 1.1, which, in today’s standards, is not the greatest. However, it’s still responsive and can work machines that have older motherboards too. There is full RGB spanning 6 zones. The build is strong and reasonably heavy, being close to 1kg for the keyboard alone. When holding the actual keyboard, it feels solid in the hands.
The switch type is Mem-chanical, which has been engineered in-house by Cooler Master. The mechanical switches are over a membrane foundation. This results in a membrane keyboard with improved responsiveness with the feel of a mechanical keyboard. The travel distance is 3.6mm, with the activation point being 1.2mm.
- Interface: USB 2.0
- DPI: 400, 800, 1600, 3200
- Sensor: Pixart 5050
- LED Backlight: RGB – 3 Zones (Wheel, Logo, 2 Side RGB Ring)
- Polling Rate: 1000Hz / 1ms
- Connector Cable: USB-A (PC)
- Dimensions: 116.7 x 62.8 x 38 mm
- Weight: 89g
The mouse has a Pixart Optical sensor installed with the maximum DPI being 3200. There are adjustable presets from 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 – ranges for all types of mouse users. The mouse has an ambidextrous shape so that its comfortable for both left-handed or right-handed people. Cooler Master has coated the mouse with an innovative coating to provide the overall ruggedness that you would expect from a premium gaming mouse.
Using the Cooler Master MS110:
I used both the keyboard and mouse for about 3 weeks. During this time, I played games such as Apex Legends, PUBG, and Dota 2. I also use the mouse and keyboard during working applications. In all, the mouse and keyboard worked well in all aspects. Let’s go through them separately:
While gaming with the keyboard, the keys were responsive, and I enjoyed how quiet they were. With some keyboards, especially the blue and brown switches, they can be quite noisy. In the case of the MS110 keyboard, the switches with the membrane underlay, the noise factor is significantly reduced.
While playing FPS games, especially Apex Legends, which can be fast-paced, even though the MS110 is Mem-chanical, it felt like it did fall short of a pro-mechanical keyboard. There are 2 reasons why – 1. The USB connection used is older and not gold plated. 2. Mem-chanical is a hybrid – trying to be the best of both worlds. So while the keyboard is responsive, in a competitive scene, and compared to a CM750, it would fall short, however, as a beginner or newbie, this is a perfect starting keyboard.
Also, as it happens with membrane keyboards, sometimes not all the keys are activated when pressing too many at the same time (technology has come a long way, but this does happen). So, while working with the MS110 keyboard, I did run into some keys not registering even though I press them.
The mouse was something I had to get used to, since I use a 19 button mouse, going down to a 6 button mouse was different. The mouse worked well but didn’t seem to be as responsive as my other mouse (maybe because I’ve used that mouse for so many years). The set DPI did get a bit annoying, as you are stuck on the presets available. The ambidextrous design of the mouse was comfortable, and the coating used does give the mouse that premium quality feel.
Playing Apex and PUBG was okay. Nothing stood out as being unusual or terrible either. During Dota 2, however, I feel like I did miss some abilities using the mouse, and started to miss my mouse. Similar to the keyboard, I feel that using this mouse as a beginner is perfect, but if you’re aiming to be pro, this isn’t for you. I did also notice that the side buttons felt a bit loose, so it gave the “cheap” impression, and they didn’t activate as well as I would have liked them too.
Pros and Cons:
I’m a noob, and using this mouse and keyboard is perfect for me. The price of about R1000-00 on all the major online stores like Raru, and if you would like to purchase one, you can there.
So, yes, the Cooler Master MS110 is aimed at newbies, noobs, younger gamers, and those who don’t care about their peripherals. The Cooler Master MS110 has offers all the right features in the right places to cater to those groups of people. However, if you are a pro-gamer, or serious about your peripherals, I strongly advise you not to purchase the MS110, it isn’t going to give the performance you require, and you’ll be wasting money and frustrating yourself.
In terms of grading the Cooler Master MS110, I am going to give a combined overall score, since you purchase the combo complete. When I was thinking about how the MS110 performed, I decided to score it solely on the performance with newbies and noobs in mind, which then led me to give a score of 8/10. I decided not to score it in a more professional environment, because Cooler Master’s sole market for this is the newbies. If you have used the MS110, what did you think? Please leave a comment below.
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