Setup & Software
Getting the K65 RGB Mini setup is pretty easy, just plug in the included USB cable to your PC and then plug the cable into the keyboard. The keyboard will be automatically recognized by Windows and you won’t have to install any software right away. Now if you want to customize the software you’ll need to download Corsair’s iCUE software. We are now on version 4 of iCUE which sees the first really major redesign of the software.
Opening up iCUE you’ll see a list of all of your connected iCUE devices and on the left you have a set of scenes.
Clicking into the K65 RGB Mini the first two settings on the left side are Key Assignments and Hardware Key Assignments. The normal key assignments are assignments that are stored in iCUE, while the hardware key assignments are stored on the keyboard itself. Each key can be completely remapped to another keystroke, mouse button, text, media controls, launch an app, profile switch, macro, or you can completely disable the key.
The next two settings are Lighting Effects and Hardware Lighting Effects. Same thing with the key assignments, the first one is saved within iCUE while the hardware one is saved on the keyboard itself. As for lighting effects you have quiet a few different presets and you can set the lighting per-key.
The lighting on the keyboard is quite good. I really like how Corsair make the top plate of the keyboard white and the unique spacebar.
Under the performance tab you can set what gets disabled when the Windows lock is enabled as well as indication colors.
The last setting is device settings. Here we can update the firmware, set the polling rate, LED brightness, set the keyboard layout, swap menu key functions, enable lock button indication, clear onboard memory, and see what memory slots are filled on the keyboard.