Summary: Quality : The ISKU Illuminated Gaming Keyboard from ROCCAT seems to be pretty good, sturdy and tough. It’s a solid gaming keyboard and the keys never fell apart and even after pretty heavy use over the past months and-a-bit, the letters and numbers haven’t rubbed off - like Zeus’ epic n52te Speedpad...
Pros: Good price, Talks with mouse, Illumination, Sturdy, Letters don't smudge off, Easy to record macros, Lots of macro keys
Cons: Media, record & brightness keys don't illuminate, Software conflicts with anit-virus (MSE tested)
I can honestly say that Roccat came from out of nowhere. Seldom do we see a company instantly make a mark in this industry. Unlike the majority of the companies I deal with Roccat’s main market is gaming peripherals.
Conclusion: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Roccat ISKU Illuminated Gaming Keyboard rating out of 10.
Pros: EasyShift[+] feature, Dedicated media keys, Roccat Talk compatible, 180 macros possible, 500 actions per macro, Simplistic yet intuitive macro recording, Varying levels of illumination and idle dimmer, Anti slide rubber grips, Turn on/off Windows keys, TAB and Left Shift, Sound feedback for macro...
Cons: Rubber dome keys, Very light keyboard, doesn't feel strong, Some keys not fully illuminated unless you look directly down at them, Glossy parts hard to keep clean, Takes up a lot of room on your desk (51cm x 25cm)
Summary: I can't say it hasn't been tough to get used to, nor can I say it didn't take me some time to get just one profile set up just the way I wanted it. What I can say is once you have things set the way you want for the basics and you decide to get into the key mapping for the EasyShift[+] function,...
Conclusion: Unlike all the latest mechanical keyboards to hit the market the Isku actually features the all-time classic membrane keys which is actually not a bad thing if you are used to typing with a normal keyboard.
Pros: - Build Quality, - Design, - Illuminated Keys, - Large Armrest, - Control Panel, - ROCCAT Talk
Conclusion: On the whole, the Roccat Isku is a solid keyboard that takes keyboard customization to another level. With more programmable buttons than most anyone will ever need and backlighting that’s done right, the Isku should be high on any serious PC gamer’s shopping list.
Pros: Subtle blue backlighting, Wealth of customizable keys, Highly intuitive customization software
Cons: A little pricey for a non-mechanical board, Partial piano-gloss finish is prone to fingerprints
Summary: ROCCAT has finally come to the United States and I’ve got the Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard up for review today. This keyboard is truly a gamers delight or dream come true really as it has tons of features that a gamer would want in their keyboard.
Pros: Well made, Tons of features gamers will appreciate, Works in combination with ROCCAT Kone+ Mouse
Cons: Not mechanical, Rather expensive, Very big keyboard, Really can’t see keys without light on, Some keys can be hard to see at angles
Conclusion: The Bad No USB or audio ports Integrated wrist-rest makes it a huge keyboard You feel compelled to buy the mouse with it to take advantage of all its features ROCCAT Isku Keyboard is available to buy from SCAN. At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles.