Roccat Arvo and Apuri Review
Published: 4th May 2010 | Source: Roccat | Price: £28.99 & £46.99 |
Although not necessary to use the Arvo, to get the best out of it it's advisable to install the software.
Firstly we have the Macro screen, which contains all the goodies and so we'll take a closer look at below. However for the moment it's a good overview of the keyboard and current settings. One feature that will make a lot of you stand up and cheer is the ability to disable the Windows key in certain profiles. No more will you go to crouch and end up looking at your desktop.
The second tab contains the update screen for both the Arvo firmware and the driver itself.
Apart from the help screen which is self explanatory, let's return to the Macro and Profile page. Firstly, something that exists in the absolute best control panels, is the ability to assign a profile to an exe and so the software will load it automatically if you load that executable. Anything that saves faffing about when you just want to play is a good thing and it's great to see it implemented here.
Profiles themselves are stored in a proprietary extension which should allow for easy sharing of your favourite game profiles across the Internet.
Now the real meat of the package, the assignments themselves. Roccat have thankfully included a swathe of pre-built shortcuts and macros to perform the standard tasks you might require. Firstly, media settings if you like to control your player via the keys.
This is the outstanding part, pre-assigned shortcuts for your favourite game. Personally I don't play WoW as I prefer sp RPGs, and so have left off the shot as I don't know how useful they are. However the Crysis ones are very useful. Admittedly things like binoculars are as easily used with the default key, but the ability to hit your suit abilities that fraction of a second sooner than using the radial menu could be vital. And this is able to be utilised in all your games, saving a swathe of time.
Finally for you hateful respawn hunters there is the ability to create a timer that will give an audio countdown. Grab the Quad Damage power up, hit the timer, and return just as it reappears, to the fury of everyone.