Excerpt: When was the last time you ventured to your local PC store to take a look at the keyboards they have to offer? I have and it is an adventure within itself. The shelves were filled with numerous choices there had to be at least forty keyboards to decide from. Basic, media, wireless, wired, mini, mechanical and gaming keyboard were part of the selection. Chances are many of you enter the store with what you want already in mind especially when it comes to gaming keyboards.
Summary: Overall, Roccat makes a good first impression to the U.S. audience with its Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard, one of Roccat's first peripherals to start shipping stateside. It's not a perfect plank, but it boasts an exceptional amount of gaming features and customization options into a relatively affordable package.
Pros: Gaming Features Galore:, Customization Up the Wazoo:, Quiet as a Mouse:, Great Communicator:, Cable Management:
Cons: Chintzy Backlight:, Half-Height Keys:, It's Big:, No USB Hub:
Summary: On our test bench today we have the ISKU keyboard from Roccat, a company well known for its gaming products. The ISKU is a gaming keyboard with lots more features than your standard keyboard wouldn't even dream about. Some of the features on the ISKU keyboard that might be interesting is the obvious blue backlit keys, Easyshift[+], 36 macro keys, media keys and a built-in non-removable wrist rest. Alright let's get started!
Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard Video Review Video Review
5 August 2012
Summary: The Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard is one of the most impressive keyboard I've seen in a while. It has blue key illumination, 36 macro keys, macro live recording, media and hotkeys, has excellent tactile response and the keys are to loud. If you're in the market for an affordable gaming keyboard that's jam packed with excellent features, this is it.
Excerpt: The ROCCAT Isku combines flash with features. It’s got a nice color scheme and the product’s description claims it is “the world’s smartest gaming engineering”, but will the actual product deliver? For a keyboard, it comes at a rather steep price: the lowest we’ve seen is around $100 online, and the highest around $140. Keep reading as we check out this keyboard.
Pros: Media control keys, Dedicated M1-M5 Macro keys, EasyShift allows huge number of macro combinations, Multiple profiles with quick switching, Ability to record macros in-game, Good tactile response
Excerpt: Roccat sells the Isku keyboard and the Kone+ mouse separately, but we’re reviewing them together because pairing them is the only way to take full advantage of each product’s features. Roccat’s Roccat Talk technology allows the keyboard and mouse to exchange data so you can execute a mouse macro from the keyboard or map key sequences to the mouse. It’s a great idea, and we dig it, but being limited to just one keyboard/mouse combo is a drag.
Pros: Terrific programming features, Linked keyboard and mouse, Special-purpose keys
Cons: Labels on keyboard are difficult to read, Glossy keyboard finish is easy to mar, Mouse is too large for small hands
Summary: I spent quite a bit of extra time using the ROCCAT Kone[+] and Isku together in order to get the feel for the entire system for this review. With Isku I had come directly from a high end gaming mechamical keyboard featuring brown cherry switches. That's pretty tough competition but Isku fared better than you might expect. Keystrokes were confident and crisp with no discernable lag or false feedback.
Pros: Very Responsive for a Membrane Keyboard, Class Leading Customization, Attractive Design, Comfortable Shape and Finish, Amazing Customization, Can't Stop Looking at the Lighting, Class Leading Sensitivity and Control
Cons: No wireless variant, Can be a stretch to reach all buttons
Review: Roccat Kone, Kave and Isku Gaming Accessories.
12 June 2012
Excerpt: You’ve heard us say it before and we’ll say it again: it’s not the tool that makes the mechanic; it’s the mechanic that makes the tool. Bluntly – if you suck at something, the best, most expensive tool you can buy to complete your task won’t help you. In a similar light, having the fanciest PC gaming hardware won’t make you the frag king. Still, having something better than a bargain-bin Dell keyboard to mash around is always a welcome situation.
Excerpt: With PC gaming peripherals, it is rare to find a keyboard and mouse combination that works well together aesthetically, and nigh impossible to find a combo that actually works in tandem functionally . Rarely do keyboards and mice have the capability to interact and communicate with one another, opting instead to function on their own as separate devices.
Summary: The Roccat Isku is the ideal keyboard for strategy and RPG games that have many complex commands. It features a great capacity for customization, and the application offers useful presets for many hot games on the market. The illumination is beautiful and functional, but the Isku could have featured some USB ports, especially having a sibling product like the Kone[+] (it would have been interesting to hook it up with the Isku).