Software & Illumination
The keyboard will work no problem without any software, but if you want to set up your macros and assign the 21 macro buttons you’ll need to download the software or install it from the included CD.
The software is pretty straightforward. The main page has an outline of the keyboard and allows you to assign commands to all of the macro keys. You can assign a macro, keyboard function, mouse function, disable that key, or launch a program.
If you click the macro tab at the top here is where you can record and set up your macros. It is pretty easy to record your macros and it seems they are auto-saved. So even if you input a custom name the macros are named Macro 1, Macro 2, etc. I found that a little disappointing, especially if I have 20+ macros saved I don’t want to have to remember which each one does.
I did find the software to be lacking really. There were no options to say disable the Windows key, set the polling rate, turn NKRO off / on, or anything to do with illumination.
Illumination of the keyboard has to be triggered by holding the FN key and pressing the 8 or 2 key on the numberpad. There are three different illumination levels as well as a “breathing” effect. Each key on the keyboard is backlit by an orange LED. Here is the keyboard all lit up on the highest setting.
I replaced the WASD keycaps with the included orange ones and they really look great all lit up!