Once obtained and installed, this is the first menu iCUE drops you into when opened from the taskbar. We have many compatible devices connected to this PC, which are all shown across the top of, but all we need to do at this time is to click on the Dark Core PRO SE icon, which also shows we have it wired to the PC at the moment.
Clicking on that icon takes us to what we see above. We are in the mouse control section of iCUE, and the top tab on the left tells us that we are dealing with profiles now. Next to the word profiles is a plus sign, and when clicked, you get a dropdown menu to start new profiles, name them, and associate them to games, the works. Three of these profiles can be stored on the mouse at any one time, and all others will need a folder on a PC or MAC to store any other profiles you may want to create.
Next in line is the actions section, and this covers anything from PC functions, including those of other USB devices, and so on. You will need to add an action to get things started, and here we are set for Macro use. Any of the eight buttons can be programmed, except for the left click, and that is on any profile! Below the selected key, we see the macro menu, where you record any activity you want to simplify the use of, make sure to choose the proper options when doing so. Still, if you screw up, you can edit inline rather than deleting all work and trying again.
Still, within the heading of Macros, we now look at what is to be had in the advanced settings portion of it. It is here that you select how the Macro is triggered, does it repeat or spam, would you like it to make noise when it is activated; you can do that! We also see checkboxes for retaining original key output and to enable uninterrupted execution of said Macro.
Still dealing with Macros, but in the sound department, there are the start settings. It is here that you would direct iCUE to a sound file you wish to play when the Macro is activated. Once set, you can test the file to make sure it plays correctly, and you have now covered all of the Macro options.
Lighting effects can be addressed in a total of eight separate zones. Each can be selected to either side of the mouse image, and you can then move to the lower section. We are currently in Rainbow Wave mode, but we have a speed slider we can adjust, we can change the direction of flow, and we can even set the lighting to correspond to a profile, and tell it when we want it to stop. Other effects will have other options, such as color pickers on a field of colors or RGB number entry.
If you click on the box that shows the Rainbow Wave mode, it opens the full list of effects. There are over twenty options to pick from, whether addressing the Dark Core RGB PRO SE on its own or over Lighting Link. Five of the options are customizable, and options for those modes go much deeper, depending on what it is you are looking to create.
The DPI section is, well, where you go to adjust the DPI settings. At the right, towards the bottom, we can use up to three DPI settings, which can also be enabled or disabled at will. There is also a fourth setting for a sniper button, but you will have to assign a button to do that first. Each DPI setting can be changed with the slider, or by clicking on the X and Y DPI boxes and entering a number. These DPI settings can also correspond to a custom color, which makes it easy to see what is currently set to be used on the side of the mouse.
The performance section offers only four things. There is a box to tick if you want angle snapping enabled, there is a box for the profile indicator color, there is a box for enhanced pointer precision, and you can also use the slider to change pointer speed.
It is recommended, no matter what type of surface you opt to use, that you calibrate the Dark Core RGB PRO SE to it. To do so, grab the yellow dot by holding the left click, and with similar speed, make circles. Your rate of the rings needs to keep the speedometer in the green zone, while progress builds to 100%. Once there, you can save it and set it to be what the mouse uses. Also, you can calibrate multiple surfaces, and keep them stored on the PC, and change them when needed.
The last bits of information for the mouse is found in the settings section, from the top menu bar. It is here that there is the battery status, polling rate options, the brightness of the LEDs, memory deleting, as well as firmware version for both the dongle and the mouse. To the right are options on life-extending, where we can enable sleep mode, and set the time it takes to fall asleep. You can allow the battery gauge in the taskbar, and there is also a box that initiates wireless pairing.
Last updated: Apr 8, 2020 at 03:30 pm CDT