Cooler Master's 'no-nonsense' mechanical gaming keyboard is back down to $48

Cooler Master's 'no-nonsense' mechanical gaming keyboard is back down to $48
Save $32 on the CK552, an affordable keyboard with mechanical switches and RGB lighting. (Image credit: Cooler Master)

Cooler Master's CK552 is a relatively affordable gaming keyboard with mechanical key switches, but that doesn't mean you should resign yourself to paying full price. It goes on sale every so often. Right now is one of those times, with Woot (owned by Amazon) selling it for just $47.99.

That's $32 below its $79.99 list price. And in case you're wondering, the answer is 'yes', this is a new condition item, not refurbished or recertified. So it is the same as buying it anywhere else (including Amazon), just cheaper, with free standard shipping to boot if you're a Prime member.

Cooler Master CK552 | Gateron Red Switches | RGB |$79.99$47.99 at Woot (save $32)
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Cooler Master CK552 | Gateron Red Switches | RGB | $79.99 $47.99 at Woot (save $32)
The CK552 is an affordable mechanical gaming keyboard with some nice features for the price, like an aluminum deck, per-key RGB lighting, and on-the-fly controls so you can record macros in real-time without using any software.

Cooler Master pitches the CG552 as a "no-nonsense, no compromise" keyboard that covers the core essentials. It starts with the mechanical keyboard switches—this model sports Gateron Red switches, which are linear, meaning the key action is smooth and consistent. For the most part, red switches by any brand are aimed at gamers who want fast action with minimal resistance (there's no tactile bump in the middle of a key press).

I prefer obnoxiously loud blue switches myself, but if you like a quieter and smoother ride, Reds will do you just fine.

This is also a full-size keyboard sporting a brushed aluminum deck and an attractive 'floating' key design. Other amenities include customizable per-key RGB lighting, on-the-fly controls without having to use software (like macro recording), and built-in memory (512KB) to store your settings on the keyboard.

Cooler Master eschewed some things at this price point, like dedicated media controls (they reside as secondary function key controls) and a USB pass-through. But to get per-key RGB lighting and aluminum construction for less than $50 is pretty damn good.

So are the reviews, both user and professional. You can hit up Google (or Bing or DuckDuckGo or whatever) to see what I mean, but by and large, people like this keyboard. And you can't argue with the price.

Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).