ROCCAT Isku FX Keyboard

Isku FX is luring you to love it by letting you choose backlit colours from icy blue over hellish red to toxic green and a soft design.

Testing consisted of a handful hours of playing a shooter, and writing a text for a couple hours. Listening to the sound of the keys, feeling the surface of the keyboard, checking out the enclosed software and gather thoughts and forming opinions about the design and feel.

ROCCAT is founded in Germany back in 2007, making the ambitious gamer their target. Working closely with professional gamers and sponsoring esports, easy recognisable by their brands mascot, the big cat, ROCCAT has managed to quickly put themselves on the gaming equipment scene, easily on par with other well known brands.

Would the khaki colour suit?

The design of ROCCATs keyboards oozes of heavy and sustainable equipment, almost military like. This speaks to the male gamers, and I dare to say those who like war and the military in general. Giving the option to choose any colour to lit up the letters on the keyboard expands this a bit, as you can make it girly by choosing a bright pink to lit up the keyboard. Gamers who like to have an eye catching gaming rig will also love this, especially if they get the ROCCAT Kone mouse too as the mouse and keyboard can communicate and lit different colours based on the game you’re playing – if the game supports it, of course.

I was actually surprised when I saw the packaging and felt the weight. This keyboard is lightweight and the package is actually showing the weight as well – it’s thin and wraps up the keyboard quite nicely, also making it look quite slick. Though the keyboard doesn’t seem to be very well protected in the package, most delivery companies and stores take care of what they are handling, so I don’t see this as too problematic. The picture shows the keyboard parted in three, showing the ability to personalised lighting in the keys, as well as the features within the keyboard.

You can check out the official website about Isku FX right here.

Specs

  • Illuminated keyboard with 123 keys in 16.8 million colors of your choice and 6 brightness levels
  • Enhanced anti-ghosting capability
  • 3 programmable Thumbster Keys (T1-T3)
  • 5 programmable Macro Keys (M1-M5)
  • 20 additional Macro Keys (Easy Zone)
  • 5 Profile-Status LEDs
  • 3 Status LEDs (Caps Lock, Easy Shift[+]™, Num Lock)
  • 1000Hz polling rate, 1ms response time
  • 2m USB cable

Computer users, and even more so gamers, want to be able to customise their experience on their PC, making a demand for customisable keyboards. Being the colour of the light in the keys, certain keys doing a specific thing, and other personal settings, only the imagination sets the limits. ROCCAT is no different, and their products have a suitable and easy to understand software to manage this.

In collaboration with the Kone+ mouse, Isku FX is the first keyboard to feature Talk. Macros can work on the keyboard as well as the mouse, and from what I understand, they can make a show with the lights. By pressing a single button on your Isku, the DPI settings can be changed on the mouse, making for an easy aim.

Looking good

The design makes me think of armour, something sustainable, something you can’t break easily, deceiving the actual weight: the keyboard is light, and while it doesn’t feel too sturdy, it doesn’t feel like breaking easily either. Keys are of medium height, which suits me splendid, and the font on the keys are one of the easiest to read, though I’m not sure how much I like it being in uppercase.

As mentioned, the keys are backlit, customisable colours, brightness and even if the light should beat or breathe. The quality of the plastic is matte, and makes you want to let your fingers grace it, and the media keys makes it easy to get the party started, commencing the happy hours by a single push on a button. Macro keys will help out gamers, especially in MMO games, but also shooters. Magicka comes to mind as you use a combination of keys to trigger your attack or defense. With macros, you won’t have to remember the good combinations once you have them saved.

Pros

  • Backlit keys with customisable colours
  • Lightweight, great for transport to LAN parties and esports
  • Rubber feet, keeping it from slipping

Cons

  • Non detachable wrist rest
  • Light in keys aren’t covering all letters on certain keys

Written by

Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.
  • Mia

    What is that mouse called ? 🙂

    • Hi Mia,

      I’m not sure, since it’s the keyboard that’s in the spotlight here (incl the press picture of the keyboard where you cans see the mouse). But here’s Roccat’s products: http://www.roccat.org/Products/

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