Roccat Isku FX Gaming Keyboard review

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Roccat have been making a name for themselves recently, releasing a series of award winning products for the gaming community. We reviewed the Kone XTD 8200 DPI mouse back in November and the Kone Pure in December. Today we are looking at their latest Isku FX Gaming keyboard with full backlighting system.

Roccat are facing stiff competition in the gaming sector from companies such as Steelseries and getting the attention of the enthusiast audience is becoming ever more difficult.

The Isku FX has programmable hotkeys and backlighting that can be totally adjusted to suit your specific tastes. Additionally there are thumb keys that act as ‘shift’ keys and with the Roccat Easy Shift[+] software you can add macros to the keyboard to suit a variety of games.

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Roccat are keen to detail their unique Roccat Talk system. They say “ROCCAT Talk FX offers a wide range of amazing feature possibilities for compatible software and for enabled devices like the ROCCAT Isku FX, the Kone XTD, and the Kone Pure gaming mice. For example, with the ROCCAT Talk FX Event Lighting feature, the lighting system on your device will activate in a certain color every time a corresponding in-game event occurs. Imagine getting hit with a fireball in your favorite RPG and having your Isku FX explode in glowing red bursts that dramatically mirror the on-screen attack! Or imagine getting shot with a poison-tipped arrow and having your mouse pulse in bursts of toxic green light that echo the nasty poison pumping through your veins! ROCCAT Talk FX makes that kind of thrilling sensory gaming excitement a reality.

ROCCAT Talk FX also makes possible additional ambient lighting effects that can greatly enhance the mood and intensity of your gameplay. Imagine running through a jungle in your favorite first-person shooter and having your gaming device emanate a dark green glow that brings that jungle feel right down to your desktop — or swimming while your mouse glows in a shimmering ocean blue. And there’s much more. ROCCAT Talk FX’s sensory messages can also be used to get important in-game notifications in a revolutionary new way. Imagine having your gaming hardware – not just the software — alert you when your home base is under attack, or when production of an important building is finished. A groundbreaking way to better gaming.”

Features:

  • MULTICOLOR KEY ILLUMINATION
    with 16.8 million colors of your choice; with 6 brightness levels
  • 3 EASY-SHIFT[+]™ ZONES
    for easy key duplication
  • 36 EASY-TO-REACH MACRO KEYS
    including 3 Thumbster keys
  • MACRO LIVE! RECORDING
    with dedicated M-Rec button; 180+ macros in 5 profiles
  • 8 CONFIGURABLE MEDIA & HOTKEYS
    25+ assignable functions
  • MEDIUM-HEIGHT KEYS
  • with an optimum keystroke & pressure point; advanced anti-ghosting; 1000Hz polling rate
  • ROCCAT™ DRIVER + MACRO MANAGER
  • incl. Sound Feedback;  Macro Presets for games, multimedia and office apps
  • EXTRA-LARGE GRANULAR WRIST REST
    with special surface texture
  • INTEGRATED CABLE CHANNELS
    for better device organization
  • NON-SLIP BASE
    with lock-on keyboard feet
  • ULTRA-FAST PROFILE SWITCHING
    5 Profile-Status LEDs
  • ROCCAT™ TALK® – SET BONUS
  • get more out of your ROCCAT™ devices by combining their functions
  • ROCCAT™ TALK® FX
  • translates on-screen action into sensory effects on your Isku FX
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Roccat Isku FX Gaming Keyboard review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Alex

    Nice keyboard, but I agree, membrane at this price? They must be smoking something.
    Waiting on their RYOS to see if it can match the blackwidow ultimate.

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  • Denna

    WOW players would love this, but ill stick to my steelseries for the time being. would like a new keyboard this year, mine is 2 years old. I like to change every 24 months as I think a keyboard always loses some of its feel after that period.

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  • Greg

    I love my roccat mouse, but I tried this keyboard out in my local shop and i was very disappointed with the quality of the keys. no feel at all. like my laptop :(

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  • Leo

    Not impressed at all. I play MMORPGs and I use a Razer board and its perfectly fine. I can set up my own macros with software. easy as pie.

    They should c oncentrate more on hardware inside the board than software outside it.

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  • Street Fighter

    membrane is fine if all you do is game, but even then there is little ‘click’ to tell you you made a command on some level.

    The upcoming Roccat boards look better, the mechanical ones. ill wait for them. fair review and good pictures.

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