GK2000 Software

ASUS ROG GK200 Horus
  • 9.5/10
    Design - 9.5/10
  • 10/10
    Build quality - 10/10
  • 9.5/10
    Comfort and typing experience - 9.5/10
  • 9.5/10
    Customization - 9.5/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
9.3/10

Summary

Possibly nothing is wrong with the GK2000 at all. It’s a magnificent keyboard with great hidden and unintended features, which can be unlocked and exploited with some clever workaround. Possibly the most expensive single-coloured backlit keyboard though.

As said earlier this isn’t the finalized version of the GK2000, although it’s darn near to completion. Unfortunately the software to control the GK2000 wasn’t provided to us, which I presume is due to polishing issues but I’m sure ASUS has to prepare the software properly for its prime time.

From the screenshots in the user manual and the review guide however, the software seems to be offering a heck load of customizability. Oh yes, I’m talking about all aspects of the keyboard.

Programmable keys

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Ranging from a total of 10 profiles, 3 sets of four dedicated programmable keys, another 12 more programmable keys with Fn+FX keys (X here being numbers 1 to 12; eg. F1, F2, F3, etc.). Which means you can program the lighting mode toggling key away, you can program all of the multimedia keys to do something else or nothing at all.

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That said, the GK2000 is included with a set of keys for you to swap out the included-yet-messy F7 to F12 instead, just for aesthetic purposes. Or maybe just because you can!

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Lighting

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Then comes the blingz, which I’m quite surprised that in the age of RGB lighting with all the 16.8 million colours (not really 16.8 million, just take 2^24 and round up), ASUS only included one colour on this keyboard – red. Only red. Not even 50 shades of them – and only 4 brightness levels excluding turning them off entirely. However in my use case for two full weeks, I find that the brightness on the GK2000 to be in the perfect balance as it’s not too bright even on its maximum brightness, and glows just nice enough to give the chillaxing brightness. I can still look at the keyboard in dim lighting conditions and know what keys I’m hitting, yet not too distracting while I’m not looking.

There seems to be 5 preset lighting modes, and custom lighting modes can be programmed with modularity. What I mean by modularity is that you can program the lightning mode down to its brightness, display time, breathing effect status, and the frequency of breathing effect.

Then, you can make only certain parts of the keyboard to have the programmed lightning effect, so you can do it all by using the GK2000 software.

Macros

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Macros! the secret to a gamer’s victory? Seems like it, since we have mice that has an entire dialpad on the side – and the GK2000 has the option to record macros directly from the mouse and keyboard too. That’s definitely not common, and I really love that ASUS included this feature in the GK2000!

Others

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This is where the profile sync management can be done, where created profiles can be tied in to specific profiles. So if you have Profile 6 made for Dota 2, it’ll automagically switch to Profile 6 when you go into Dota 2.

After that, you can even change the USB polling rate here.


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