Cooler Master SK650 Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard Review: Page 5 of 7

Posted by James Keir on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 8:00am

Software

To be able to adjust the setting of the SK650 you must download and install version 1.01 of the Portal software from http://www.coolermaster.com/downloads/. Once you run the Portal software it will automatically detect all compatible hardware and give you the ability to manage the installation of the application and update the firmware on your piece of hardware. Once you installed the software for the SK650 you can run it either via the Portal software using the “Start” button or the icon that is placed on the desktop during the installation.

Cooler Master SK650

Running the software, there are 4 different menu items for configuring the SK650. They include LED, Macro, Key Map, and Profiles. Looking at the LED tab, there are several preloaded RGB profiles for you to choose from. Below is the list of some of the effects along with a 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
  • Snowing – Snowflake-like clusters falling down the keyboard
  • Reactive Punch – a “punch” of keys given a random color and fade away starting from a pressed key
  • Heartbeat – A heartbeat line across the keyboard starting from a pressed key
  • Fireball – A fireball going down the keyboard starting from a pressed key
  • Circle Spectrum - A rainbow-like effect in a swirl formation
  • Reactive Tornado – A rainbow-like effect in a swirl formation starting from a pressed key
  • Water Ripple – Colors rippling in a circular pattern starting from the pressed key
  • Snake – Play a game of snake using the directional keys

Cooler Master SK650

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 you’re holding the key down or toggle on/off when you press the key.

Cooler Master SK650

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).

Cooler Master SK650

When you press a key for reassignment, it prompts you to press the new key to assign. If you change your mind you can click “Cancel” or if you want to return the key to its default assignment you can do so with the “Default” button. After setting up your new assignment just click “Save” to apply the changes.

Cooler Master SK650

The last tab allows you to create and manage each of the 4 profiles of the keyboard.

Cooler Master SK650

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