Lighting, effects, keys and Hera
While the keyboard work as will the lighting and the effects without having to use Hera, you will not get all the features and functions possible without using Hera. In this section we will check out Hera and how it interacts with the keyboard. The keyboard does not include Hera, but you can download it off of iBUYPOWER’s website, https://www.ibuypower.com.
Once you download, install and open Hera, you are greeted with this screen displaying Greek Gods and Goddesses for a few seconds based off of Greek Mythology.
A few seconds later, Hera detects the keyboard you are using and the screen changes again.
Booting Hera up and detecting the keyboard will bring you into the “Key Assignment” Section.
In this section you can set what the G1 and G2 keys do, the 2 Macro keys. Even though there are 2 macro keys, you can create a macro set on Profile 1 located on the right-hand side of this screen then program 2 other macros on Profile 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, so essentially 12 macros. You can easily change profiles by pressing Function and 1 key which is PF1 ~ button 6, which is PF6.
To create the macros used under “Key Assignment”, we need to move over to the “Macro Management” section.
Under the “Macro Management” section, you can create macros, macro folders, rename macros, duplicate macros, delete macros and open file explorer but you can edit those macros you create as well. Once you create a macro, there will be delays in between key touches, key releases and all, you can edit all of these to extend or shorten the delays or maybe add or remove keystrokes.
You will notice that there are on the left-hand side 3 macros already made, G1, G2 and P1K120,20180406_183631, I created those during the video later in this section. So, let’s check out “Keyboard Luminance”
On the left-hand side of this screen, you will see 3 different boxes with the keyboard and some effects, here is what each to:
The top one, Static allows you to change all of the key colors to one solid color.
Custom Pattern, the second one allows you to individually select keys and change each color and even load JEF files to display a pattern.
Llighting Effects, even though spelled incorrectly allows you to change the lighting effects of the predefined light patterns. For example, here under the “Wave” pattern we can change the brightness, the speed and in which direction that wave flows.
If you noticed previously on Wave, there is a drop-down menu so you have a host of options here to chose from. Since Wave goes through the myriad of colors you cannot change the colors but you can on the other options as well as the speed and brightness. If you have had enough of the lights, there a unique feature (at least I have never seen) that might be a bit fun, “Assign Sound&Timer”
“Assign Sound&Timer” is a new one to me, I have never seen it before but to me seems a bit gimmicky or maybe for a prank, guys please correct me if I am wrong and give me your use.
“Assign Sound&Timer” allows you to set sounds to individual keys. For example, if you record a sound under “Sound File Edit” you can click on the X key (or any other key you like) and assign that sound so that whenever you are typing and you hit X, that sound plays. You would select the “Sound” check box then click on the “Select a recorded Sound” and select the sound you have recorded. You can also click the play button to listen to that sound before you make your final selection and click Save.
Under the Sound, there is the Timer check box. Timer allows you select a Timer configuration previously configured under the “Timer Setting” section to play a sound, an OSD message and/or a macro at the selected time. Where do you get all these sounds you may ask, we are going to cover that under “Sound File Edit”.
Here, with the use of your microphone you can record sounds in .WAV format.
These sounds would be used under the “Assign Sound&Timer” so that when you strike a key that sound plays. Please note, that this sound only plays for you through your headphones, speakers or what ever you may have configured for your sound output.
You can also use them under “Timer Setting”, so let’s go check that section out.
This is also to me a unique section.
Here you can create timers that you can utilize under “Assign Sound&Timer”.
For example, with the settings I had set on the previous screen and tied here to “ESC”, it will play Alarm2.wav and display on the screen “hi this is Iggy” for 10 seconds with a countdown timer on the center of the screen whenever I hit escape. This might be handy as a prank or maybe to remind you of something every time you hit that key, maybe a spouse trying to remind their significant other about an appointment, meeting or anniversary…. Yeah I have a bad memory.
The OSD message can be made to normal size, large and huge while it can be displayed any of the six spots on the screen.
Sometimes, this software can have issues, like when under “Keyboard Luminance” the 3rd section of the effects spelled “Llighting effects”. I have reported that to iBUYPOWER by the way and they will get that fixed. You can have that update if you use the “Update/Support” section once it has been corrected.
Like the section states, here is where you go for updates and support.
On this screen, it shows you the product number, the “MEK 2 RGB”. Below that we see “FW Version” which is the firmware version showing version 1.08. Below that you can click “Check for Update” but it seems that firmware updates are not supported for this keyboard. “HERA Version” shows the version of HERA installed, when I received the keyboard, it came with 2.7.2 and I used the “Check for Update” under here to 2.8.2. “Online Support” takes you to Gamdias’ main website from there, it looks like you are on your own to find support.
After every change you make, make sure you click “Save” highlighted in pink above on the top right hand corner.
I go over mostly all of this in this video as well.
Last section is the HERA cog/gear on the bottom right hand corner
Under this section, you can change the explanation language, Keyboard mapping and the Rapid Archiving on exit, might be a good option to toggle on.
You can also the configuration change notice voice. For example, if I were to press Function+2 to change to profile #2 since I have Female selected, a female reads aloud “Profile 2” or you can select to display on the screen toggling on OSD. You can also chose a Male voice if you prefer.
Background settings, allows you to change the background color (See above for the same picture with a different background color).
Then you can select where and what color you would like the OSD text to be.
At this point, we are pretty much done with Hera so do you want to hear how the Kaihl Blue switches sound and if this is a good keyboard for typing? Well this next section of the review is for you.
Continue: Typing and Noise