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ROCCAT Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Final Thoughts


I can't say it hasn't been tough to get used to, nor can I say it didn't take me some time to get just one profile set up just the way I wanted it. What I can say is once you have things set the way you want for the basics and you decide to get into the key mapping for the EasyShift[+] function, things really are different when it comes to all aspects of using my PC. To use Teamspeak I hit the EasyShift[+] and the T key and then boom its up. I have my media keys which I am lost without and honestly the keyboard almost makes the use of a mouse to navigate the PC almost a thing of the past for my daily grind. I can't say the mouse doesn't have its place because once in the game, or fine tuning images, you need something to be able to get around with.


I know the perspective of American's from an American is that we are all fat and lazy and I hate to say it, but the Isku makes it really easy to have your hand on a bag of chips or drinking a beverage as you multitask with the other using the capabilities of the software to make doing things a breeze. On top of that I get all of this software love, almost fifty keys to set to anything your mind can come up with, backlit keys and a cool voice to announce when I accidentally changed a setting that is about to end my kill streak if I don't reset what I need to have on.


I really thought it would be odd going from mechanical keys back to something with rubber dome switches, but it's almost a reunion for me to something I have always known and used for so many years. The design isn't out of the realm of reasonable to be on any desk and even with its aggressive shape, it still makes sense in the way it is done. When you get to using it for what it has to offer, you really sit and wonder why it took so long for something like this product to come along. I mean to say that we have had G-keys and M-keys for years, but why not have the ability to do more and customize things to the end of the world and back? If it is going to make my time at the PC quicker and easier and still be able to do everything we expect from a standard keyboard, I am all for it and ROCCAT brought on the options with a vengeance. It is going to be quite some time before I see a keyboard that is more original and offers what the ROCCAT Isku brings to the masses.


While the Isku illuminated gaming keyboard is going to cost you a touch more than the basic kit will cost, there is nothing I have seen personally that can even step up to try to make the claim that they offer more that what ROCCAT packed in here. For the pricing of around $80 I can't see why you would pass up the opportunity to own this masterpiece of a gaming keyboard. For those basic gamers, there is every basic thing you need and some, for those who are macro crazy, or just like setting all your applications to launch and the touch of two keys, the Isku is not the keyboard that will leave you wanting in any way.


I really think the team at ROCCAT outdid themselves with this Isku and I can't wait to see what they come up with next!



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