Kron Posted February 16, 2013 Share Posted February 16, 2013 As you may have guessed from my very descriptive title, I have a gripe about the software included with my K90 gaming keyboard. I would like to start off by telling that the keyboard itself is amazing. It is exactly what I had been looking for: MechanicalBacklitMacro keysMedia keys (very important to me)Very easy to cleanNo glossy plastic (and please, never ever start using glossy plastic on keyboards as finger prints all over a > €100 costing keyboard looks stupid) The facts that you're actually working with instead of against your customers on the Vengeance headset's surround issue and improved versions of the K90 keyboard and M60 mice, just show that you really care about us and are willing to help us get the most out of our purchases. Now, on to the list of issues I have with the keyboard software. General Window Design Do you remember the Windows Media Player and WinAmp skins from the days of old? I've included an example below as a friendly reminder of how silly they look. http://cdn.blogsdna.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/cool-windows-media-player-skins-wml-11.jpg I kind of compare your macro recording software with these as it may look 'cool' to some people (it's not for me, unfortunately) but it's a clear example of "function fits form". Shouldn't it be the other way around? Now, I understand that there is some kind of extension/continuation of the product branding going on here but this is just a little bit silly. It looks completely out of place as a regular desktop application because all the standard window elements you come to expect from a modern windows application have been done away with: The top bar that normally houses the program's name and window control buttons is replaced with a metallic looking bar covered with out of place glows and empty areasThere's no window border and no option to resize itThe borders of the window aren't anti-aliassed and I can actually see pixels on the rounded corners lolThe custom name you can give to a macro is shown in a small text field somewhere to the right, above the playback options instead of right above the macro itself. This text field doesn't expand to the right when the text doesn't fit while there's plenty of unused space thereThe big "MR" button as well as the Corsair logo and name actually look blurryThe part of the window in which you see what keys the macro's press isn't resizeable but more on this later Keys Okay, it looks exactly like the actual keys do on my K90 keyboard. It looks like you've tried to make it as clear as possible which button in the software correlates with which hardware button on the keyboard itself. This is overkill because the buttons on the keyboard have their designation laser etched in them. It would be sufficient to just have a straight list with just text. I would much rather see the space that this graphic representation takes up in the window, used for something else like an expansion of the used buttons area. Used Buttons I'm talking about the part of the window that shows what button the currently selected macro is using. It also allows you to edit previously recorded macros and it shows what you're doing while you're recording a macro. In a nutshell: It's way too small, doesn't allow direct text input and it keeps jumping back to the top after an edit to an existing macro. When I tried making a recruitment message for a game I used to play into a macro, I had to hit the record button and type the message right the first time because it would take ages to correct the message by editing the separate key-presses later. For a long macro, the window keeps jumping back to the top after every single edit so you actually have to scroll down and find the place where you made your last edit to the macro to continue every single time. This could have been so much easier if the program just allowed direct text input. I can also think use of the macro keys when working with computer code, macro in snippets for example. Being able to resize this area and toggle the display of delays between key-presses are things I seriously dream about, too. Playback Options No tooltips for the buttons, more empty spaces, very limited options, etc. I've managed to figure out how it works by now (after ages of trial and error, maybe I'm just stupid) and have decided that it takes up a lot of window space for what it does. The functionality is very limited and very badly explained. Miscellaneous Recording macros with the game open often doesn't work, even with hardware playback enabled (Skyrim for example)Media keys don't work with some applications openThe "On-Screen Display" option crashes certain programsUnable to connect a macro key profile to the windows desktop (for windows shortcuts)Macro keys can't be set as generic buttons for use as push to talk or record button Cessation Redesigning the software from the ground up, and this time with a more minimalistic and 'form fits function' approach, would be an amazing early birthday present for me. People might actually enjoy recording macros for these great keyboards when they're accompanied by great software! Of course, I would be very happy to provide additional thoughts regarding and am open for discussion on this matter if anyone (fellow customers or Corsair employees) would like this. I also feel the need to apologise for possibly being a bit vague or incomplete about some presented subjects as English isn't my first language. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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