Software

The software the Riotoro currently supplies for the Ghostwriter Prism is a temporary beta version that lacks a lot of the features the company intents the keyboard to have. A new software version is planned in a few months and will be a "unified" software for many of the company's peripherals. As its release is relatively far into the future, we are reviewing this keyboard based on what is currently available for the product.

The current version of the software is relatively simple, with all of the options in just a single screen. It supports the formation of multiple profiles that can be linked to specific applications, forcing the profile to change once a certain application/game launches. Programming the keyboard requires the creation of at least one profile, as the default profile cannot be overwritten.

The left side of the screen holds the Profile generation controls and the Macro programmer. Both are straightforward, with few simple buttons and commands. The Macro programmer is very simple and can only record key presses, without specific delays, mouse movements, or any advanced commands.

The bottom center half of the screen is dedicated to lighting controls. From here the users can select from pre-programmed lighting effects or program their own. The options are not vast but they are flexible and should be adequate for the majority of the users.

Keys can be individually remapped per profile by clicking at them and then selecting an option from the bottom right corner of the screen. The programming options are good, allowing for the simple remapping to another key, the insertion of keystroke combinations, media and OS shortcuts, and the opening of external applications. The last option can help users who want to use this keyboard with an external, more advanced macro recorder.

The Riotoro Ghostwriter Prism Mechanical Keyboard Per-Key Quality & Hands-On Testing
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  • letmepicyou - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    "riotoro"...river bull? Interesting name for a company. Reply
  • Chad - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    Looks like an exact copy of the Corsair LUX Reply
  • Diji1 - Sunday, June 3, 2018 - link

    No it doesn't. Reply
  • kyoden - Sunday, August 12, 2018 - link

    Not even close.
    Space bar isn't some stupid mesh like surface and it doesn't have that horrible font, whatever it is.
    I could go on but you need glasses.
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  • erple2 - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    Is n-key rollover still an issue? Also, are there 2 USB inputs for the keyboard? That probably won't work with my KVM switch, then. Reply
  • Destoya - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    On my Corsair K70 (which is suspiciously similar to the point I wouldn't be surprised if they share a PCB design and OEM), the second USB port is just for power reasons over USB 2.0 with the RGBs and USB passthrough. You can plug it into a single USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, or two USB 3.0 ports and the functionality is identical. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    I love the way they make the 2 character keycaps look like manufacturing errors to make the Frag Harder Disco Lights work "better". Reply
  • MamiyaOtaru - Saturday, June 2, 2018 - link

    backlighting (I like) plus MX switches (I also like) mean the light is at the top. Sticking both characters up there is just how it has to be, whether the lights are disco or not Reply
  • MCX151 - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    Hmmm, for 130 bucks, there is no incentive not to buy a corsair. Not going to list all the pros, as this keyboard covers most of them, the thing is corsair is proven, with a good company for support. As well, as great gaming experience, farcry5 is the bomb playing on a corsair. So, that's where I'd stuff my 130 bucks. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Sunday, June 3, 2018 - link

    I bought the K90 Vengeance MMO because of a sale for 80€. It had dead and dim LEDs out of the box as did the replacement. Since the forum were full of people complaining about the same thing even after numerous replacements, I decided to just get my money back. That turned me off Corsair for peripherals and backlight for mechanical keyboards as well. Reply

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