Since the K57 is part of the iCUE family, you can use your current iCUE software if you have other compatible devices or download the iCUE software from Corsair’s website. In this review, we will focus on the configuration of the K57 using iCUE and not go into detail about iCUE’s features/settings.
When booting up the iCUE software, it will automatically detect all iCUE compatible devices. For us, the K57 didn’t show up the first time because our iCUE software was a few months out of date. Doing a quick update resolved the issue and iCUE picked up both our Corsair peripherals: the K57 and Nightsword RGB.
Once we select the K57, you now have the ability to load any one of the three onboard profiles.
Once a profile has been selected, you can now configure the macros, lighting effects and other features like the windows lock key. Looking at the Actions menu item, you have the ability to create customized actions as well as remap your keys. The actions you can use are:
- Launch Application
- Profile Switching
When creating a macro, you can include delays/keypresses/mouse click and can be activated on keypress, key release, while held or toggle the macro on/off using the advanced menu. Using the stat setting table, you can also configure lighting/sound when the macro is pressed.
The iCUE software comes preloaded with a variety of lighting effects. The included effects include:
- Spiral Rainbow – Cycling through all the colors of the rainbow in a circular motion
- Rainbow Wave – Cycling through all the colors of the rainbow going left to right
- Visor – Vertical rows of random/alternating colors moving across the keyboard and bounce of the edges
- Rain – Rain-like effect going down the keyboard with random/alternating colors
- Color Shift – Shifting between random/alternating colors
- Color Pulse – Fading random/alternating colors in and out
- Color Wave – Like visor except it doesn’t bounce when hitting the end of the keyboard
- Type Lighting – A ripple-like wave of random/alternating colors from the key pressed location
- Temperature – Have your key change color based on the temperature of the CPU, GPU or Motherboard sensors
Once you have selected a lighting effect you can adjust various options such as speed and direction.
On the “Performance” tab, you can configure how you wish the windows lock key to work as well as disable key combinations such as Alt + Tab.