Corsair makes excellent "game" mice and keyboard with many great features, such as custom RGB lighting, profile modes, macro support, and fine tuned performance settings. Most of these require iCUE, Corsair's proprietary software, which is good but only works on Windows. If you have a Mac, you must turn to a third party to get the features you paid for.
CKB-Next is the actively maintained fork to the original CKB abandoned by the creator. You want to download the latest version and install it, even if you can build from the source if you prefer.
When installed, connect the device and it will appear as a new tab in the setup window. From here, you support different profiles and can configure the lighting effects for each zone on your device. The animation effects are quite good for a third-party app, and while they are not as intuitive as iCUE, they will get the job.
To set the number of a mouse As Scimitar you must click on each button individually and set it to write the corresponding key. It's boring, but it works. The "Typing" drop-down list contains a list of each character for which you can configure the mouse.
Under the other drop-down menu and tabs you will find modifier keys, function buttons, mouse buttons and mouse wheel actions.
One thing missing is a macro system. It has a very basic setting but just seems to let you enter a number of text. On macOS you can use something like BetterTouchTool to configure macros, but I've found it too slow for use in games.
Under the "Performance" tab you can configure the DPI settings, and set up different DPI levels with different colors – at least on mice that support it.
The "Sniper" setting is a manual setting that you can activate with another mouse button. It lowers (or raises) DPI while holding down the button and is useful for taking accurate pictures in games where you usually like a high DPI.
While it really improved over time, CKB is still third-party software and not without its error:
- It takes about ten seconds or so for CKB to detect the mouse during which time the mouse works , but only on the default settings and hanging out when moving.
- It adds a little input delay to the mouse's overall function.
- I have had the numeric keys not working in specific applications, possibly depending on how they send these inputs to the system.
- ] Initial setting of the mouse is clunky and takes a while
And then the fact that even having a third party program is a major problem, especially on Corsair's part. Nevertheless, I did not expect to find a community made iCUE for Mac and Linux, so many thanks to the developers of this app.