The software for the CK552 can be downloaded from the products webpage on the Cooler Master’s website. Installation was easy and once installed It asked us to update the firmware of the keyboard which took about a minute.
Once the firmware was updated we could then configure the LED’s, macros, key assignments and profiles for the keyboard.
Looking at the LED tab, you can see that Cooler Master has taken the time and created a lot of pre-canned RGB patterns for you to use. Below is the list of available patterns along with a general description:
- Static – A single color
- Rainbow wave – Cycling colors that go across the keyboard
- Crosshair – Crosshair pattern starting from a pressed key
- Reactive Fade – When a key is pressed, the color changes then slowly fades back to the original color.
- Custom – Ability to assign your own colors to keys
- Stars – Colors showing up on random keys giving a twinkling star effect
- Rain – Rain like streams falling down the keyboard
- Color Cycle – Color cycling across all keys
- Breathing – Color fading in and out
- Ripple – Color rippling back and forth in both directions starting from a pressed key
- Reactive Punch – a “punch” of keys given a random color and fade away starting from a pressed key
- Reactive Tornado – A rainbow like pattern in a swirl formation starting from a pressed key
- Circle Spectrum - A rainbow like pattern in a swirl formation
- Fireball – A fireball going down the keyboard starting from a pressed key
- Water Ripple – Colors rippling in a circle pattern starting from a pressed key
- Heartbeat – A heartbeat line across the keyboard starting from a pressed key
- Snowing – Snowflake-like clusters falling down the keyboard
- Snake – Play a game of snake using the directional keys
On the Macro tab, you are able to record key actions and then assign that to a single key. For each macro you record, you can set it up either to run once when the key is pressed, run while holding your holding the key down or toggle on/off when you press the key.
The next tab Keymap allows you to re-assign or disable each key on the keyboard. Each key has a colored border letting you know if it has been reassigned (purple) or disabled (red).
The last tab allows you to create and manage multiple profiles for the keyboard.