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Cooler Master Storm Octane LED Gaming Combo Review (SGB-3020-KKMF1)

Cooler Master CMStorm MB7C Octane Keyboard: A Closer Look

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At first glance, the Octane keyboard looks a bit lopsided with the bulk of the QWERTY pushed over to the left, and it took a little getting used to, as around the lab we tend to work with the keyboards on our laps. Once the initial learning curve was over, the QWERTY portion being pushed to the left wasn’t an issue. Being an entry-level gaming combo, the Octane MB70 keyboard didn’t get mechanical switches, but uses a membrane setup. The spacebar is a little odd-shaped, but we quickly found ourselves thumbing the spacebar to jump, and the design was conducive to in-game jumping. Considering the entry-level price for a seven color LED keyboard, Cooler Master put a lot of style into an inexpensive package and is has a Transformer(ish) look.

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Shown lit in red, the four multimedia keys on the top left are easy to see, and come in handy for video and audio control. We found them handy in game when the volume got out of hand and neighborhood dogs started barking. The two keys on the top right are volume up and down and isolating them from the four multimedia keys on the top left was a smart move. There is a pause key on the bank of four multimedia keys but we found the lack of a mute key a little surprising.

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It’s a matter of personal preference, but the purple backlighting was the favorite in the lab. We did however find ourselves switching to the hotter colored red for gaming, as with muted light, the purple lighting made the keys harder to distinguish.

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With the pale teal color the keys were very easy to distinguish and during long gaming periods the color was easy on the eyes.

With seven colors to show, the remaining four are shown in thumbnails below. While your eyes are scoping out the rainbow of colors, don’t forget that the lights can be set to breathe which is definitely one of the cooler features of the Octane set.

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The Cooler Master CMStorm Octane may not be a true RGB, 16.6 million color keyboard, but for an entry-level, sub-$60 dollar offering, the seven colors to choose from are pretty generous.

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The bottom of the Octane MB70 Keyboard is fairly unremarkable but does have some rubber anti-slip pads and two risers should you want to raise the back of the keyboard.

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The sides of the OCtane MB70 Keyboard are crenelated and make the keyboard easy to handle during the shifting movement while staying comfortable during long gaming sessions.

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