20 Extra Keys, The Anti-TKL Keypad
For those who are looking at an Elgato Streamdeck but aren’t quite sold on that solution, Cooler Master is hoping you might consider their mechanical alternative, the ControlPad. It sports 20 programmable keys, with either Cherry Red or Gateron Red switches and Master Plus software to let you assign any function you desire to them, including macros.
Along with the pad comes a magnetic wrist rest to make things a little more comfortable during extended sessions, or so you can detach it if you don’t want to use it for the time being. The ControlPad would work for someone who spends a lot of time in Adobe programs, or for gamers looking for more macro keys than a MMORPG mouse offers.
Rest assured you will be able to find it in the dark, for this $89.99 keypad is indeed fully RGB’d and so should satisfy your visual desires as well as your aural ones. Check out Overclockers Club’s full review if you are curious how well implemented the software is.
This peripheral is in the market for gamers and folks that seriously love macros. Cooler Master is also taking a shot at the creative market. If you use Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, or After Effects, you can use this to change your pointers or change clips or anything else you can think of. If you're a gamer who loves macro keys, you might also be interested. Let's see this the ControlPad stacks up.