The more detailed version is:
- Since the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) only works in Windows, I had to initially install everything there and make sure the devices' firmware was updated. Once that was done, I booted back to Mint.
- The first thing I noticed was that the boot process now takes about 12 seconds longer before the password prompt comes up.
- Once up and running, the mouse logo stays lit with a solid yellow color, but nothing on the keyboard lights up except the LED on/off switch (which does nothing here) and the Windows Key lock button (which does function).
- The biggest functional problem is that the mouse scroll wheel scrolls much slower than did my old Logitech M705's. I can't find any way to change that in Mint. Looking around the internet, it looks like it's a problem with all flavors of Linux for all mice.
- I installed Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller in Google Chrome to at least fix that in my browser. But, for other applications, I'm at a loss.
- It's not a Linux issue since the same thing happens in Windows, but according to the Corsair site, I should be able to plug the keyboard into either a single USB 3.0 port (using the "keyboard" connector) or two USB 2.0 ports. That's partially true. With a single USB 3.0, though, the mouse (being connected to the passthrough USB port on the keyboard) just doesn't work. So, it's two USB 2.0 ports for me.
- As to my opinion about these devices, I'm slightly surprised that, functionally, everything is ok. I didn't necessarily buy these for gaming. I wanted a smaller keyboard so I could keep my arms more centered and avoid hurting them. I had been worried about typing on the keyboard since its mechanical and the keys sit higher than on my Logitech K350. But, outside of some minor "getting used to" stuff, I type fine on it (and in Windows Steam games, it actually feels much nicer than the K350). The mouse seems to take a bit more force to click. That's not an issue at all for normal stuff. But, in a game, it gets tiring. I'm assuming that will ease a bit with use.
EDIT: I've managed to successfully compile and run that ckb software to handle the keyboard/mouse lighting effects. I had to use the newdev branch to get it to recognize the hardware. But, other than that, I just followed the instructions:
- Change the branch to newdev and download it by clicking on the Clone Or Download button and selecting Download Zip.
- Make sure all the pre-requisites are installed via
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sudo apt-get install build-essential libudev-dev qt5-default zlib1g-dev libappindicator-dev
- Unzip that package, put it into your Home directory, browse into it, and double-click the quickinstall entry. Select the Run In Terminal option. Answer Yes to all the questions, then go to Start > Administration > ckb and choose your options.