Roccat Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard ReviewThu, Jul 12, 2012 - 12:00 AM
The Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard
Most of you have probably heard of Roccat, they are the guys who made that crazy RAT 9 gaming mouse. However, most of you may not know that they’ve become quite popular in other segments of the PC gaming peripheral market. Today I’m going to be taking a look at the Roccat Isku which is the companies latest gaming keyboard. The Roccat Isku illuminated gaming keyboard is priced at $89.99 shipped which places it directly in the middle of the gaming keyboard segment. The Roccat Isku also features a one year warranty on parts and labor.
Taking a look at the front of the box for our Roccat Isku, we have a graphic of the keyboard itself which is labeled with a few of the features. We can also see that the Isku is backlit, which is always a nice touch for late night gaming sessions. We can see that there are five macro keys running down the left hand side of the keyboard as well as three macro keys on the wrist rest for your thumb.
Spinning the box around we are able to see several graphics, showing off a few more features of the Isku. We even get a sneak peak of the software that is used to set your macros and various other profile settings on the Isku.
The inner packaging for the Roccat Isku was very simple. It was just a black box which folds open to reveal the keyboard.
Once we got the keyboard out we found a small black folded packet which contained all of our documentation. As you can see here, there is a rather large wrist rest but it’s not removable, for those who aren’t interested in a large wrist rest.
After we opened the packet these are the items we found. A driver CD, a registration card, as well as a quick start manual. I’ve never seen a product come with a simulated credit card that the serial number and warranty registration information. This is also the card that you use to enter ROCCAT World, which is a community for just the owners of ROCCAT products.
ROCCAT Isku Gaming Keyboard Features:
- Blue Key Illumination with six brightness levels
- 3 Easy Shift Zones for easy key duplication
- Macro Live! Recording for on the fly macro recording
- 8 configurable media hotkeys
- Extra-large wrist rest
- Integrated cable channels for better device organization
- Non-slip base
- Ultra-fast profile switching with 5 profile-status LEDs
- Roccat Talk – Compatible Roccat devices communicate with each other
ROCCAT Isku Gaming Keyboard Specifications:
- Illuminated keyboard with 123 keys
- 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