Conclusion: When I review products one of the aspects I care a lot about is how much value the product delivers at its price point. In this case, I feel the Isku FX falls a little short. In a time when gamers are becoming accustomed to mechanical keyboards $99.99 (99.99EUR) is quite a lot to ask for a membrane-based keyboard - especially considering its lack of NKRO and its underwhelming look & feel.
Excerpt: The Roccat Isku FX keyboard is an update of the Isku gaming keyboard. The only real change is that the backlight for the keyboard now can be in any of 16.8 million colors, as opposed to only blue. The new keyboard also works with Roccat Talk FX, which means you can use the lighting in a Philips Ambi-light kind of way.
Summary: ROCCAT’s Isku FX is beautifully made and packed with some very cool and useful macro features making it particularly interesting for MMO gamers. While it is expensive and seemingly less relevant in the face of mechanical keyboards, the Isku FX remains competitive amongst multicolored backlit keyboards. Disappointments are its dim backlights and the lack of promised software features.
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!
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
Summary: The ROCCAT Isku FX Gaming Keyboard is an outstanding keyboard in every sense. It's features rich, stylish and the build quality is great. Gamers will be very happy with the performance, functionality, customization and cost.
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