Lighting & Software
When you first plug in the keyboard it will light up instantly with RGB lighting. By default it has a spiral RGB effect, which actually happens to be one of my favorite. The backlighting is great and looks really good, especially at night.
Besides just the keys lighting up the Corsair logo at the center of the keyboard as well as the light bar at the top of the keyboard light up as well. I am a huge fan of the lightbar and it is properly diffused so you can’t even tell there are different LEDs throughout it.
The lighting as well as everything else is controlled by Corsair’s Utility Engine (CUE). CUE is the software that Corsair uses for all of their gaming accessories so you have one application for your mouse, keyboard, headset, etc if they are Corsair of course. Starting with the Actions tab, here you can create macros, remap your keys, etc. What I like about they way Corsair does this is that you first create an “action” then you apply that action to a key. This way if you want to change it to another key you don’t have to create it all over again.
Moving down we have the Lighting Effects tab. Just like with actions you can create a lighting effect and then toggle it on and off. This way you can create 3-4 and switch them up from time to time without having to create them. Some of the effects you can do are spiral rainbow, rainbow wave, rain, visor, color wave, and many more. If you enable the advanced mode you can configure the lighting per-key.
In the performance tab there really is not much there to do with performance except options on what to disable when the Windows lock is enabled.
If you click on the little settings gear towards the top of the screen that will take you to settings for all of your devices. Here you can change the polling rate, brightness, and current layout of the keyboard. You can also completely clear onboard storage.