The software that comes on the CD is the (at the time of the review) same version that is available online, so while I always suggest looking for the latest drivers to ensure minimal vulnerabilities and bugs, that may not have changed by the time you pick up this keyboard. Rosewill also has a digital version of the manual available on the same page so you can keep an easy reference right on hand.
Keyboard function keys – First off, the Fn F1-F6 keys are standard media keys – Mute, Volume Down, Volume Up, Play/Pause, Previous Track and Next Track. Fairly standard fare that works well with any application that uses the default inputs. The next major Fn combination is Fn F12 – This turns flips the keyboard from standard PC mode, in which the start button works as you would expect and the macros are disabled, as are the five gaming profiles. When you activate Gaming mode, the G indicator in the upper right of the keyboard lights up and the magic starts – Fn F7-F11 selects one of the 5 gaming profiles and the start button is disabled, allowing you to bash your keys to your hearts content without fear that the dreaded start menu will come up in the middle of an intense battle and ruin your day.
Programming the macros is a fairly straight forward affair once you get used to it. You open the software, select the key you wish to program, select which of the ten Macros you are assigning, select the function of that macro and then choose to record whatever you want to into that macro. Each macro has string limit of 27 individual keystrokes, however, so you will have to keep that in mind.
Once you get your profiles set up to your desire, you’re ready to drop into a game, activate gaming mode, select your profile and begin macro spamming to your heart’s desire!
Lastly, the indicator lights for your Numlock, Caps Lock and Gamer Mode are nice and bright, leaving absolutely NO doubt as to which is active and which isn’t.