Software and Setting Options
On the website of the manufacturer a software can be downloaded, which makes it possible to make individual settings. This means that the keyboard can be adapted more closely to the user’s wishes, which should be an advantage in practice.
Here we would like to point out the comparatively broad possibilities that Sharkoon offers keyboard users. RGB lighting can be adjusted, four keyboard profiles can be installed and then recalled on the keyboard, lighting modes can be changed at the touch of a button, and sampling rate and response time can be set individually.
The options available are therefore comparatively broad. In this respect, the SGK4 does not have to hide behind more expensive devices.
The software in which all these settings can be made, however, is clearly laid out, which makes it easier to find the individual setting options. A settling-in period is not necessary.
Almost all keys can be freely assigned in the macro settings. In addition, it is also possible to set the four keypad profiles that have already been mentioned.
The RGB settings are less convincing. Since the keys are not illuminated individually for cost reasons, but in six zones, the result is not comparable with the more expensive keyboards. In this price class, however, individual lighting can hardly be expected. The adjustment of the colors succeeds absolutely problem-free. In addition to static lighting, the modes “Wave”, “Color change”, “RGB cycle, pulsating”, “Color Marquee” and “Pulsating profiles” are available. The running direction and frequency of the effects can be partially adjusted.
Options for adjusting the sampling rate and response time as well as for deactivating the Windows key can be found under the “Advanced Settings” tab. Sampling rate and response time can be adjusted in four steps.
Overall, both the software and the setting options are convincing. The software is clear and the possibilities are more than ample for such a cheap keyboard. Only the RGB-lighting can’t convince completely, which was not to be expected.