I purchased my first mechanical keyboard (Razer Black Widow Elite) and then quickly noticed that all the configuration of the keyboard MUST be done using the manufacturer cloud web app. There was not a standalone software for the configuration of the keyboard.
I might be old school, but i don't expect my keyboard to be too smart. My main reason for the purchase was the mechanical feel of the keyboard but not how smart the keyboard is. My biggest challenge is the fact that the top manufacturers do not give us any alternatives to allow us to make changes to the configuration of the keyboard.
I could use the keyboard without the cloud with basic windows driver and no configurations, but how could i trust that there aren't any key-logger and hidden software installed on a keyboard like this due to the fact that they are becoming too smart and hence may be more prone to be hacked. All I want is a secure mechanical keyboard with no connection to the manufacturer. Is that even possible these days?