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MSI CK Series Black USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

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  • Cherry MX Red
  • USB or PS/2 Wired
  • MSI
  • Black

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  • Warranty & Returns
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In addition to motherboards, graphics cards, and computer peripherals, MSI expands its gaming catalogue with the CK Series Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard employs a Cherry MX mechanical red switch, which provides a keystoke life of up to 50 million strokes, as well as superb feedback and sensitive key response. N-key rollover makes sure that every key press registers, no matter how many keys are pressed at the same time. Conveniently placed multimedia keys allow quick access to volume adjustment playback control. Ergonomic structure and durable laser etching letters round out the experience you expect from a premium gaming keyboard.

  • newegg Cherry Mechanical Switch The Cherry MX Mechanical Red Switch provides an extremely long life of 50 million key presses. The gold-plated connector inside the switch ensures outstanding durability and corruption resistance for long-lasting performance.
  • newegg N-Key Rollover With a PS/2 connection, you can press as many keys as you want at the same time without key ghosting or blocking. With a USB adapter connection, you can press six keys at the same time.
  • newegg Multimedia Keys Provide quick access to mute, volume control, play/pause, and skip tracks.
  • newegg Maximized Comfort Ergonomic design protects your hand and wrist. Laser engraving letters won't wear off easily. Special coating provides excellent tactile feedback and long-life usage.
  • newegg Replaceable Keycaps You can highlight WASD keys by replacing them with four orange keycaps. A puller is included for easy keycap removal.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Charles M.
  • 11/29/2013 3:38:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI spoke too soon it seems.

Pros: The board was good until last night, when my left alt key decided it wasn't long for this world

Cons: The board is starting to act up, mostly just the alt key not working correctly, but of course if one is already acting up this quickly it makes me question the rest of the board.

Other Thoughts: Until now I really loved this keyboard, it's a real bummer, however something should be said for the feel, which was wonderful, however trying to register it for the warranty is like pulling teeth, serial number? what serial number it just says "invalid serial number" no matter that it's typed correctly. I was really hopeful in buying this and I did decide that I do love the mechanical switches. It's made a believer, I just wish that I'd invested in a better quality product, This is my first real issue with an MSI product however,

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  • Michael F.
  • 10/17/2013 8:02:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI Bends Me Over Broken Keyboard

Pros: Arrived on Time

Cons: Keys broke after 2nd use. MSI Support didn't know that they made a keyboard. Had to call support several times to get my problem through. MSI asked me to pay for shipping to have my 1 week old keyboard fixed. On top of that they refused to process my rebate.

Other Thoughts: Will never buy an MSI product again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Eric W.
  • 10/3/2013 11:53:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsPoor quality

Pros: CherryMX Red switches

Cons: After a month several keys no longer function. A few friends bought this same keyboard about the same time and we have all had keys fail on them. Read around on the reviews, this is a VERY common problem. The soldiers inside come apart and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this is what has happened to my keyboard as it is what happened to several friend's of mine. I can no longer recommend this keyboard to anyone. While it uses good switches, the internals are pretty bad. You get what you pay for.

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  • Eric W.
  • 9/18/2013 1:37:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Feels solid. Has a great feel. Awesome deal for $50 after rebate. If all you need is a basic keyboard, you can't beet this one.

Cons: CherryMXReds are a little soft for me. With they had it with black or brown switches.

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  • Charles M.
  • 8/19/2013 6:12:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board

Pros: Love the feel of the keys on this board, The sound from the keys is lovely as you type. The feel of the keys is wonderful it's almost like typing on a cloud. keys press smoothly.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Other Thoughts: For those that are less than an enthusiast, this keyboard can be loud if you are heavy handed with your keys, that in mind I recommend the O-Ring mod for the red switches if you think the noise will get to you.

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  • Brittany S.
  • 8/7/2013 11:57:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat keyboard!

Pros: I bought this keyboard for the price, sure it may not have all of the bells and whistles that the other keyboards have but it sure gets the job done. I like the blue accent on top because it matches my graphics card :3 (just a bonus). What else to say.. It types like a dream and has not had any malfunctions so far.

Cons: The plastic may not feel as "solid" as other keyboards but for the price you can't go wrong. Not enough to doc an egg though!

Other Thoughts: It might take a little while to get used to if you're not familiar with mechanical keyboards.

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4 out of 5 eggsInexpensive Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: It's a simple mechanical keyboard for a reasonable price. What else do you want? Keys have a good feel, are relatively quiet for a mechanical, and it's a pleasure to type on.

Has media volume keys, though they are FN shifts.

Cons: The blue graphic on the top makes it look cheap and tacky. Unfortunately, it appears to be paint and not just a label that can just be scraped off. Even if you're the type that prefers keyboards with bling, it just looks terrible.

Other Thoughts: This is a rebadged iOne Scorpius M10 with red switches instead of blue.

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  • Jabinearlo N.
  • 7/15/2013 9:20:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA great standard mechanical keyboard

Pros: It's and MX Cherry Red for $70 what more can you ask for. It's heavy but not too heavy and keeps it in place with the help of rubber feet at the bottom. Its cheap compared to other brands but is not cheap in terms of quality.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: A standard mechanical keyboard for 70$ without the back lighting. I mean if you are a gamer/typer you should know where your keyboard keys are at even at night. Cheaper than other name brands that i have looked through that offered the same specs that i needed.

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  • Robert W.
  • 7/12/2013 7:46:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: It has a good key response feeling as expected for a mechanical keyboard. The keys are your Standard ANSI layout.

Cons: The right parenthesis key (number 0) was DOA . The keyboard sits higher than probably all non mechanical keyboards and does not come with built is wrist pad. Many manufacturers these days include a built in wrist pad. The problem with not having one is when using a desk with a keyboard drawer. There is no room for an after market wrist pad. Very uncomfortable. Keyboard came with zero user guides/information. Not a big deal for myself, but for a common user that accidentally sets a dead key, they may think their keyboard is broken. (I was hoping this DOA was just a dead key, bummer that is wasn't).

Other Thoughts: Price is a tad high for such a basic mechanical keyboard with no frills at all. Being DOA is a real stick in the eye. In essence, I paid UPS $13.59 to have NewEgg ship me a broken keyboard.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 7/10/2013 9:55:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAn investment in your hands

Pros: Key-press smoothness and linearity is like "typing on clouds".

Key-cap texture and form encourage accuracy.

Durability and construction quality is encouraging considering the price. The keyboard's heft is noticeable (although not excessive) and it doesn't tend to move around much on the desk/tray. This thing feels like it is going to last a long time.

Proper slight-concave layout means that after hours of typing, fatigue is lessened.

MX Red switches do not "click" as a matter of normal actuation, meaning this keyboard can be used in workplaces where MX Blues might have been prohibitively noisy.

Bragging rights when anybody you know sits down at your computer and immediately asks you where you got your keyboard, and how they can get one.

Cons: This is a very basic device. It's 104 keys, a hardwired cord, a ps/2 plug, a ps/2-to-usb adapter, a keypuller, and 4 orange keycaps. For $70, You might expect USB ports, or backlighting, or wireless, or macro capability, or something above and beyond. Compared to the competition however (das keyboard, razer, filco, etc), $70 is almost as little as half what some of those models go for with a few of the bells and whistles but the same internal "guts."

A lot of the keycaps, such as enter, shift, tab, etc have non-standard icons/images silk-screened on them. I've never seen these icons on another keyboard in 20-some-odd-years of IT. The font on the keycaps is also non-standard, although I can't put my finger (no pun intended) on what font it is. I don't see this as a major problem either since I don't look at the keyboard the vast majority of the time.

The actuation point is very shallow, maybe 2mm into a nearly 10mm travel, this can catch some users off-guard at first, especially if they're used to fully resting fingers on keys.

There is still some "click" when the keys bottom out, but this mostly an artifact of learning to type on membrane keyboards, which do not actuate until that bottom-out point. There is no inherent need to bottom out the MX Red switches because, as I mentioned earlier, they actuate about 2mm into the press. (The sound can actually be king of satisfying, and at any rate isn't as bad as the MX Blues).

Other Thoughts: You either know why you're here, or you don't.

If you don't, the $70 price tag for a keyboard is laughable.

If you do know the joy of mechanical keyboards, this is a downright bargain compared to models from other manufactures. It eschews all the bells, whistles, flashing lights, and so on to deliver one thing, a quality typing experience. If that's what you're looking for, this is it.

I had a work-issued logitech wireless keyboard (mx 700) that was causing me no end of hand and finger strain. That thing was convex instead of concave, the force to depress a key varied by angle and key, the keycaps felt mushy, it was horrible. When I went looking for a mechanical to requisition as a replacement, the prices were prohibitive, until I found this MSI. It's been all I could ask for.

It's so good that after using it for a mere hour, my wife decided she needed one too.

I've been using it now for about two weeks in both QWERTY and Colemak layouts. It is superb with both.

If you use a 24" monitor (or larger) and $50 mouse, why are you using an $8 pack-in keyboard?? If you spend your day (or night) typing away, you owe it to yourself to try one of these. Your hands will thank you.

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