To be able to adjust the setting of the SK650 White 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. The SK650 White edition is detected as SK650 with no mention that it is the “White Limited Edition” model. Once you installed the software for the SK650 White, 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.
Running the software, there are 4 different menu items for configuring the SK650 White. 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
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.
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).
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.
The last tab allows you to create and manage each of the 4 profiles of the keyboard.
After using an SK630 daily for the past few months, jumping on to the SK650 White Edition was an extremely easy transition. Even though I don’t use the number pad that often, it was nice having it again as it did make typing two-factor authentication codes much easier. If you haven’t typed on Cooler Master SK series of keyboards yet it may take you a few weeks to get used to the flatter keycaps. When I first starting using them for my day-to-day work, I made quite a bit of typo’s until I became accustomed to the new keycaps.
Like the other keyboards in the SK line, I really love the low-profile nature of the SK650 White. It is much less stressful on my wrist than your normal height mechanical keyboards and I don’t need to use a wrist rest. Personally, I don’t like wrist rests that much so for people like me who are on the computer on upwards of 12+ hours a day, it’s nice to save the desk space and ditch the wrist rest.
The white keycaps on the SK650 White look amazing especially with the RGB effects such as “Rainbow Wave”. The color really comes through the keycaps quite nicely and really adds some pop to your desk. Being that the keys are white, I did find my self making sure my hands were extremely clean before hopping on the computer to prevent getting them dirty. So, I made sure not to eat things like Doritos as I gamed as it would mark up the keycaps quite easily.