Let's face it - top-of-the-line gaming peripherals can get insanely expensive. Heck, the Razer Mamba costs $141 currently! If you ask me, that's way too much for a simple peripheral - no matter how feature-rich it might be.
So, what's the alternative? Well, companies like Cooler Master have created peripheral combos, such as the topic of this article. The question is, are they actually any good? With my Cooler Master Devastator II Review, we'll answer that question - and more!
I'm just saying that you don't have to shell out a ton of money to get quality gaming peripherals.
But first, I should point out that the Cooler Master Devastator gaming keyboard mouse combo is probably the best gaming keyboard mouse combo on the market right now (At least from my research). There's plenty of other choices out there, but most of them suck, to be quite frank. This is an exception to that rule.
Before we get started with the full review, though, here's a quick overview of the Devastator II - for those of you with less time on your hands.
Note: All prices listed herein (And throughout this website) were accurate as of the time and date they were originally posted. Prices on Amazon are prone to change and fluctuation, so please take any prices listed only as a rough guide, and not a strict indicator of what the prices may actually be.
Product Overview - Cooler Master Devastator II
Current Price: $36.71
- “Mem-chanical” keys give the amazing tactile feel of Cherry MX Red switches, while still being technically membrane
- Excellent mouse tracking, with additional programmable buttons and a DPI switch
- Beautiful LEDs
- Insane value for the price
- Keyboard is a bit on the loud side without headphones
- LEDs can be quite dim during the day
- Poorly-placed media controls on the keyboard, Function keys get in the way
This Combo Looks Awesome
Naturally, the first thing I have to do when reviewing any peripheral is talk about how awesome - or ugly - it looks. In this case, it's definitely the former!
The smooth black texture with piercing red LED trim gives the CM Devastator II keyboard a sharp, futuristic look and feeling. The mouse is just as neat looking, but it is a bit on the boxy/rectangular side, which is a very strange design for a gaming mouse.
To be fair, though, the mouse is designed to be ambidextrous, so it was likely shaped that way to accomodate both left and right-handed PC gamers.
I'm not a lefty myself, but I can appreciate the fact they Cooler Master went out of their way to include both portions of the playerbase here. Many peripheral manufacturers don't really tend to care.
It Feels Awesome, Too
At any rate, let's move on from the looks and talk about the feel.
As I briefly mentioned above in the Pros section, the CM Devastator II keyboard sports what Cooler Master calls "Mem-chanical keys" - essentially, it has membrane keys that have been made to feel (And sound) like mechanical keys.
Honestly, if you didn't know this was a membrane keyboard beforehand, you could be forgiven for thinking it had some Cherry MX Red switches built-in. This thing is "clicky" sounding, just like a mechanical keyboard, and the sharp, tactile feedback gives the keyboard a super-responsive feeling.
However, having said that, a few people have mentioned that a couple keys (Particularly the longer keys like Shift, Enter, etc.) have "Sweet spots", where certain portions of the key are a bit more rigid than others.
If I had to guess, I'd say if you do run into that issue, you can more than likely wear them down enough over time that they smooth out - but I haven't encountered it myself, so that's purely speculation.
Overall, though, the keyboard alone would easily be the best budget gaming keyboard on the market.
The mouse is no slouch, either!
While it's obviously not as loud or responsive as the keyboard, it does feel like a typical gaming mouse. The mouse buttons feel solid all around, but the side buttons are a bit overly sensitive for my tastes.
The DPI switch is conveniently placed, but I can see how easy it'd be to accidentally tap it during intense gaming sessions.
It's worth mentioning that the mouse has a lot of the features you'd come to expect from a gaming mouse. 2 side buttons, a DPI switch (Toggle between 1000, 1600, and 2000 DPI) and brilliant LED lights.
There Are A Few Downsides
No matter how good of a value a product offers, there's almost always going to be some downsides. Sacrifices have to be made to balance the cost-benefit equation.
The CM Devastator II is no exception to that rule. Although I absolutely feel this is the best wired gaming keyboard mouse combo, it's not perfect. For example, the LEDs on both the keyboard and mouse are a bit on the dim side, and there are a few problem keys that are more rigid than others.
The mouse's side buttons, as stated above, are far too sensitive, and the DPI switch is easy to accidentally tap or flick during intense gaming sessions (Which is the last thing you want).
Redragon's Lavawolf was built a bit better than this mouse, but it also doesn't come bundled with an awesome keyboard.
But the problems are few and far between, and in this case the pros far outweigh the cons. If you're looking for the best PC gaming keyboard mouse combo, look no further - you've found it!
Heck, even PC Game Haven rated this combo #4 in their Top 5 Best Gaming Keyboards Under $50.
At the end of the day, the only person who can decide whether or not this combo is right for you is - well - you.
But, I wouldn't be doing my job properly if I didn't strive to give you as much information as possible before you make your decision. So don't take my word for it - look at some other reviews on Amazon and come to your own conclusion.
And, as always, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, I'd be more than happy to hear (And answer) them. All you have to do is...