Installing a keyboard is a pretty simple affair, just plug in the USB connector and pop in the software CD. The Elixir is supported in Windows XP and Vista and the hardware is detected automatically. It is noticeably wider than a standard 104-key keyboard, even with some squeezing done in the cursor key area. Because of this, the Elixir overlaps the mousepad slightly on my keyboard tray, by maybe an inch or more.
The Alchemy software uses a pictorial layout of the keyboard, showing all the custom keys in their positions around the board. Clicking on any one of the programmable keys will open a pop-up window and prompt the user to change the assigned value. Multiple profiles can be saved and later loaded, giving a lot of flexibility for using the Elixir in different games and apps, or even between several users.
Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.