With iCUE downloaded previously for other components in the peripherals test system, we plugged in the keyboard and did not see it in the devices list. A quick update of the software rectified this for us, and as you can see, the K57 Wireless is listed there for us to tinker with.
Once the K57 image is clicked on in the previous window, the first thing we can set up are the profiles. On the left is the Profiles header, and once clicked it expands as we see now. We created a profile for testing, but they can be imported and exported, but as far as we can tell, only one profile is ever active, and all others are stored on the PC storage. Once named, you can also tie in the program as well as the option for icons, background images, being able to blur the said image, and even adjust the transparency.
The next tab in line is the Actions tab, which is where one goes to remap or program Macros. Again, we titled the Macro on the left, and you can make as many as you want, and not just the G-keys can be programmed. As to the basic Macro options, the initial window at the bottom-right allows for the initial recording with editing options below the window, while to the right of it are five checkboxes that may or may not apply to your intended usage.
The advanced settings in the Macro manager offer up the same Macro window, but to the right are new options. There are trigger action, repeat, second action, uninterrupted execution, and original key output as options to deal with here.
The last part of the Macro setup deals with sound and lighting. When the Macro is used, you have the option to play a sound or a short melody, by merely browsing the PC for files that apply. Not only can you have audio confirmation the Macro was called upon, but you could also make the K57 change the lighting when it is used. To ensure you have it set correctly, there is a button to test functionality before exiting the software suite.
If you are buying an RGB keyboard, it is highly likely you will want to tinker with the lighting effects. At the top of this window is a live preview of the selected mode, but covering it is the menu that opens from the dropdown box. In it, you can see there are predefines, custom, and linking options to pick from. While static colors will offer predefined color picker boxes, color wheel, and RGB entry boxes, other effects will give you options for speed, direction, and even when it should start and stop delivering said selections.
The performance tab may not offer what is expected, but we do see a few options that may come in handy. This section deals with the Windows Lock functionality only. By default, when active, the Windows key is disabled. However, you can also tick boxes to disable Atl + Tab, Alt + F4, and Shift + Tab as well. This is also where one goes to default the software, should the programming be causing things you had not desired.
The settings tab at the top is also an important stop to make. The top half shows things like battery status, polling rate, brightness, layout, sleep, taskbar options, and a pairing button. The last bit in the top section covers the dongle firmware, the wireless firmware, and keyboard firmware, all of which can be updated with the button next to them. The lower half only has one part on the keyboard, and that is the check for update button, which keeps iCUE up to date.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [K57 RGB Wireless Continued]
- Page 5 [Inside the K57 RGB Wireless]
- Page 6 [iCUE Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]