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Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard Review

The design of the Isku takes a lot of styling cues from the other products in Roccat’s gaming peripheral range.  The contours and curves give it a stealth-fighter like visage which is sure to stand out on your desk.

Roccat have chosen to use matte black plastic as the main material in the construction of the Isku.  There is a strip of gloss-black plastic surrounding the keys, though, which infuses a little excitement into the design.  We do question Roccat’s decision to use gloss plastic, though, as it attracts fingerprints readily.

Along the top edge of the keyboard there is a line of eight multimedia buttons which provide easy access to basic functions like play, pause, skip and volume controls.  Unlike most other products in the Roccat range, the Isku’s LED lighting is restricted to blue only and cannot be changed to other colours.

Below the key set there are three macro buttons which are easily accessible with your thumbs.  There are five additional macro keys on the left hand side of the keyboard which are also positioned for quick access.  All the macro keys can be configured in the included software utility.

There are a couple of other function buttons on the keyboard which are worthy of note.  To the right of the multimedia buttons there is a button to control the keyboard’s lighting intensity through five different levels.  It also lets you turn off the lights altogether should you wish.  To the left of the mutlimedia buttons there is a button which lets you record macros on the fly.

Roccat have chosen to use a plastic shielding for the cable which feels reasonably durable.  It doesn’t quite have the same quality feeling as a braided cable but this isn’t so important with a keyboard as it doesn’t get moved around a lot.  At the end of the cable there is a silver plated USB connector.

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  • Seth

    Interesting they are using membrane technology on such a high priced product. Any benefits im missing?

  • Garth

    Nice looking product, but I bought a razer keyboard a few weeks ago. I think Roccat dropped the ball with membrane technology. That said, do gamers really need mechanical switches? id love to speak to some clans about it and see if there really is a difference.

  • Dave

    I like the look of it, I dont type much so membrane is fine for me. Never notice the difference :p

  • Rupert

    Looks fabulous ! bit expensive, but most gaming keyboards are.

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