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. Of course a mechanical keyboard is not that hard to get used to but it does take some time and some people may not go along with that.
Pros: - Build Quality, - Design, - Illuminated Keys, - Large Armrest, - Control Panel, - ROCCAT Talk
Conclusion: We used the ROCCAT Isku FX for a total of 12 days not only for our daily activities but also to play various game titles like Planetside 2, Warframe, Tomb Raider, Aliens Colonial Marines and Crysis 3. Now as some of you know we use the S.T.R.I.K.E.7 gaming keyboard by Mad Catz and the Professional Model S by Das Keyboard with our main test rigs so all of us are quite used to mechanical keyboards (the S.T.R.I.K.E.7 is not really mechanical but it does a good job mimicking...
Pros: - Build Quality, - Design, - 16.8m Colors Key Illumination, - Large Wrist Rest, - Control Panel, - ROCCAT TALK/TALK FX
Summary: Final Thoughts
Well let’s first talk about the ISKU FX as if it were a brand new product. The most important part to any keyboard is comfort and how it feels when you are typing or playing a game and I do have to say the ISKU FX is one of the most comfortable keyboard that I have ever used. The keys have good flex and I never had a single moment when a key would not register. The wrist rest is actually part of the keyboard and works really well.
Pros: – Very comfortable to use, – 5 dedicated macro keys and 5 profiles, – EasyShift[+], – Thumbster keys, – Customizable backlighting, – Awesome software
Cons: – Macro keys could be moved over a little, – Glossy plastic smudges easily, – Only real update over the original ISKU is the multicolor backlighting
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 . This keyboard is pretty different as it interacts with other ROCCAT products. Although it seems pretty solid, there are a couple things that could use some work.
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. In the world of the Razer’s, the Madcatz, and the Alienware’s it’s very difficult to stand out and if you do you get bought up as quick as your first product is released.
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. A high score does not necessarily mean that it is better than a similar mouse which has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a lower score.
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 recording and profile switching, Cable routing channels, Great potential for high APM, Wrist rest built in
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)
Excerpt: Over the past month I have gotten very used to the much smaller Corsair K60 keyboard that is my new go-to piece on my desktop, but reviewing all the variations of keyboards I get to see, I don't ever get fully comfortable with a product before another one is there to take its place and my abuse as I type out a few reviews on them and get into some sort of gaming action any free time I have left available to me.
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. And in the end, its suitability for the money hinges entirely on how much use you would make of its extensive shortcut-ability.
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