When we plugged all of the peripherals in, they all worked immediately from the get-go. No problems at all. Most of the features for them worked without even needing any software, which is really nice. In addition to that, since the USB ports are simply pass-through they don't require any drivers either, so in many instances these keyboards and mice operate nearly flawlessly without any software at all.
Now, we strongly advise that you do actually install the latest drivers for the keyboards and mice as the software really unlocks their full potential and gaming ability. The nice thing about the software is that it essentially allows you to manage all of the functions of the keyboards and mice inside of the software, with more precise settings.
The M90 and K90 are really the best examples of why Corsair's software is so powerful and really the most necessary. We didn't really find that Corsair's software was as necessary with the K60 and M60 combo as the only real programmable parts were three buttons on the mouse, and two of them are already pre-programmed into the mouse. With both the K90 and M90, you can fully control all of the aspects of the keyboard and mouse.
The first thing that comes to our attention is that you can easily switch between the mouse and keyboard in the same program without having to open up an entirely different window or program. This level of simplicity is generally missing in many gaming companies' software. Furthermore, the level of customization that is enabled is purely astonishing and quite easy to use. You can adjust the level of the K60's brightness through 4 different levels in software as well as all of the macro keys.
When we tried using the macro keys, we found that they were very well programmed, in other keyboards we've found that the macros sometimes interfered with each other when fired off in rapid succession. With the K90, we've found that the keyboard macros executed in a queued manner in order not to interrupt each other. We used the keyboard to enter these macros it automatically built the delays into the key presses, which can also be manually entered inside of the software. This is awesome when you realize that you can do this with things like Battlefield 3 and even for this review, Photoshop. The Battlefield 3 example can be demonstrated on either the M90 mouse or the K90 keyboard, and can enable you to quickly deploy all of your C4's and then explode them after an exact amount of time. Similarly, one can also implement this when firing off tank shells, as there is a reload delay. You can fire off a tank shell and then the mouse will automatically switch you to secondary fire as you are reloading and then immediately switch back again and fire the main shell.
In Photoshop, in preparation for this review, we were able to execute a resize macro, followed by a save as macro, followed by a next image macro. We were able to fire off all three macros in rapid succession on approximately 150 photos without any issues, this was not the case when we were using the G15, where the 2nd or 3rd macro would interfere with the 1st or 2nd and completely break the macro process and waste our time. The queued process and properly implemented delays are really quite awesome and the best thing about them is that they can all be programmed into the keyboard and used without any of the Corsair software. You can simply program all of the macros into the keyboard or mouse and save them to the device and unplug and go. This feature has been seen before on other devices, but once again... those devices lacked certain functionalities that the M90 and K90 do have, namely macro buttons and mechanical switches.
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