Cooler Master CK530 Gaming Keyboard Review

Software and Lights
When you plug the CK530 into your computer it will work no problem. You can even adjust the lighting and macros on the fly, but it is much easier to do it with Cooler Master’s software. Their Portal software is great as it is a central location for all of the Cooler Master products you have.

Opening up the customization software you will first be brought to the LED tab. Here is where you can customize the RGB lighting on the keyboard. There are quite a few different effects and you can individually edit each RGB LED on each key.

The lighting on this keyboard is actually quite good and bright. There is a good amount of glow around each key too.

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The next tab is Macro, here you can create and edit macros. Macro creation is pretty easy, just hit the + in the create macro section, name it, then record it. Finally you can assign that macro to a key on the keyboard.

The Key Map is next. Here you will see a full map of your keys and you can see what keys are available, reassigned, or disabled. If you click on any key you are able to set it to another key or set it to a macro. It would have been nice to also be able to set an alternate function for each key as well as have the options to set Windows controls, program shortcuts, or even multimedia controls, but they are not available. So you can also change keys on this keyboard to another key or a macro.

The last tab is Profiles. Here you will see your four profiles for the keyboard. You can import or export to these profiles as well as set them back to their default.

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