The installation CD as well as the user manual are wrapped in a practical, small cardboard box, which would be hard to lose. Furthermore the latest version of the software is also available on the official Tesoro website. A manual is always useful but it is not necessary, just connect the keyboard and then start to use it but if you want use the macros, you should definitely check out the manual. The user interface is a little different compared to older Tesoro's products. Also this part of the product is more mature and it perfectly matches the keyboards sleek style. A nifty little feature is the possibility to imported and exported settings.