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Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profiles?

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2021/07/13 14:22:04 (permalink)
My older mech keyboard finally gave up the ghost as several of the keys became unpredictable.  

I went to Walmart and picked up a Razer BlackWidow, model#: RZ03-0286.
 
Love the feedback of what they call 'green switches,' and the customization of the keys(colors).
 
However...
 
ONe issue I have is the sub-keys(shift activated keys on the numbers for example) don't get lit by the backlight.  I never thought about this before... but I realized I sometimes type in sub-optimal lighting, and find myself struggling to figure out various special characters.
 
THe MAJOR issue I have w/it is that the customization of the key colors, cannot be used UNLESS the Synapse software is running in the background.  THIs really bothers me.  For example, I have a G502 Logitech mouse, and I have various key configurations that are stored onboard, so that I don't have to have the logitech software running at all times.  
 
It is weird, as the software SAYS the profiles are stored onboard... but it seems the software still has to be running for the colors to take effect.
 
W/o the Synapse software running for this keyboard, the keys all light up as one color, and rotate and I have no control over it.  It's quite obnoxious.  I want to return it.
 
 
SO... do you guys have any recommendations for mech-keyboards that can save their color profiles onboard, so that you do not have to have software running?  THe other preference being that all of the two function keys allow the backlight to shine through.  I don't' necessarily care about the ability to store macros, just color customization.

THanks gents!

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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/13 15:21:51 (permalink)
    Corsair Mechanical Gaming Keyboard K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys.
     
    I've been using this for a few months and like it.  You can have three on board profiles and you do not have to keep iCUE open.


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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/13 15:21:51 (permalink)
    Must be my turn again for double posts and access denied.  I wish they could fix this.
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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/13 16:44:01 (permalink)
    Flint 1760
    Corsair Mechanical Gaming Keyboard K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys.
     
    I've been using this for a few months and like it.  You can have three on board profiles and you do not have to keep iCUE open.


    Many thanks for the suggestion!
     
    I want the blue keys.  They are somewhat expensive right now :(  Looks like the price has gone up in the past few days.
     
    I'm going to give it a week or so, as I've got 30 days to return this one... to see if the price drops a bit.
     
     

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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/14 10:53:42 (permalink)
    I would recommend also a Corsair, and if you have money for a more premium version, I don't regret my K95 RGB platinum.
     
    Although K100 is its successor, it has a higher price tag for a new design and some extra RGB. Whatever you chose you can't go wrong with Corsair.
     
    Mine for instance has 6 programable macro buttons which come in handy and up t 3 onboard profiles.
     
    I have mine for over 4 years and can say that the quality is premium.
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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/14 13:39:50 (permalink)
    Thanks again for the suggestions gents.
     
    Last night I went ahead and ordered the K70.  Initially, I paid for the blue-switched board, which was $20 over the other variants.
     
    HOwever, I started playing with my older keyboard(brown switches), and my current board I'm returning(green switches, similar to blues), I think I realized I actually like the brown switches better.
     
    So I cancelled that order, and decided to get the K70 w/the brown switches.  I like the sound of the blues better... but it just feels like my fingers fly over the brown switches easier.  I find myself pausing a bit more in-between keystrokes at times on the green/blue switches.

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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/14 14:20:22 (permalink)
    Check out our Z15 and Z20 keyboards, both have linear and clicky switch options. You'll need our Unleash RGB software installed to get the initial set up such as macros, key remapping, and LED settings which will save to the keyboards memory and not required to be running in the background. However you wont be able to save any custom layered lighting effects just the presets and any color adjustments to the presets. 


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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/24 09:04:15 (permalink)
    Flint 1760
    Corsair Mechanical Gaming Keyboard K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys.
     
    I've been using this for a few months and like it.  You can have three on board profiles and you do not have to keep iCUE open.


    Can I ask you which version of ICUE you used to store your RGB settings to your board?
     
    I've tried both the 3.xx and the 4.xx software... and nothing I do seems to store profiles to the board, and I actually have to have ICUE running to have my RGB settings stay intact.  Their forums are currently down, and I can't find basic instructions on this anywhere.
     
    I found a few YT vids, but the procedure they seemed to use does not work on mine.

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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/24 09:10:01 (permalink)
    What I have now is 3.38.61.  iCUE isn't the most intuitive software around.
     
    I have to chuckle as I don't keep iCUE open, as soon as I opened it to check the version number, my keyboard went dark.


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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/25 18:41:56 (permalink)
    Flint 1760
    What I have now is 3.38.61.  iCUE isn't the most intuitive software around.
     
    I have to chuckle as I don't keep iCUE open, as soon as I opened it to check the version number, my keyboard went dark.




    But you were able to store color profiles to your board, and DO NOT need to have ICUE running to see these RGB settings stay in place?
     
    I wonder if I have a newer K70version that no longer has this capability?

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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/26 05:14:51 (permalink)
    Yes, after rebooting, all three of my profiles were still there.  One thing, make sure you disable iCUE in Task Manager - Startup.  That way it is only open when you want it open.
     
    The K70 Mark II does still store profiles.  As I said earlier iCUE can be a pain, but like you, I read information and then played with it to get it to do what I wanted.


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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/26 07:40:55 (permalink)
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    Yes, after rebooting, all three of my profiles were still there.  One thing, make sure you disable iCUE in Task Manager - Startup.  That way it is only open when you want it open.
     
    The K70 Mark II does still store profiles.  As I said earlier iCUE can be a pain, but like you, I read information and then played with it to get it to do what I wanted.


    I must be an idiot, as there may be something I am not doing.
     
    I can clearly see the place for onboard memory and the software memory.  
     
    I have deleted all profiles from my onboard storage. Such that when the software is off, my keyboard is completely blank and displays no colors.  I then have saved one profile from the software memory TO the onboard memory.  I can clearly see it there after it is present.
     
    Just to check, I can delete all profiles on my software memory, and then COPY the profile FROM the board TO the software memory, and bam, it shows up.  So apparently it actually is on the board.
     
    But then, when I disable the software, boom... keyboard goes blank again.
     
    Your last post gave me an idea, so I disabled the software so that it would not start after a restart. I was hoping that maybe running ICUE at all may disable the onboard profiles somehow.  That didn't appear to be the case.
     
    You don't have to spend time helping me troubleshoot, as there is probably nothing that can be done. I'll see if I can figure out what the issue may be with their support.
     
    Just one other question though... My keyboard stored the ORIGINAL profiles, which were the various templates that the board shipped with.  As in, the keyboard would cycle through the presets that were available BEFORE I deleted them.  Are the profiles that you are able to use w/o ICUE ones that you created yourself, or are they the presets the board shipped with?

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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/26 07:48:10 (permalink)
    forrestang
    Just one other question though... My keyboard stored the ORIGINAL profiles, which were the various templates that the board shipped with.  As in, the keyboard would cycle through the presets that were available BEFORE I deleted them.  Are the profiles that you are able to use w/o ICUE ones that you created yourself, or are they the presets the board shipped with?



    Yes, the profiles I made and stored on the keyboard are the three I can cycle through w/iCUE disabled


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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/26 10:15:36 (permalink)
    Flint 1760
      As I said earlier iCUE can be a pain, but like you, I read information and then played with it to get it to do what I wanted.


    WOOOOOW....
     
    OK, So I thought... even after you said this multiple times, that I understood how this software works, and that I just had a defective board or something.  Whelp... apparently not?
     
    I could explain what I had to do, but it probably wouldn't make sense as you are using 3.xx and I am using 4.xx.
     
    But essentially, each profile has both a "lighting effects" and "Hardware lighting" associated with it.  These two things are different, and saving them onto the keyboard is NOT intuitive... as you said.
     
    Ugh... this was super frustrating, but I get how it works now 

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    Re: Suggestions for a mechanical keyboard, with ONBOARD memory I can store various profile 2021/07/26 12:26:50 (permalink)
    Good on you!  Congratulations, now you can write a how to article for the forums.  Of course, we may be the only ones that had trouble figuring it out.  My only excuse, I guess, is that I'm old.
     
    Right after your post about using 4.xx, I went in to update and 3.xx is all that was available for my keyboard.  I have a hunch when I can finish my wife's new build (lacking GPU), I will be learning more as her machine has a Commander Pro, keyboard, and mouse.


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