Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Usually, when we think of ROCCAT keyboards, we tend to recall aggressively styled plastic framed keyboards, with a lot extra built into the frame. What we do admire about ROCCAT in all the time that we have been reviewing their products, is that they were innovators in software and features, and we are glad to see that carry through to the present day as well. Rather than an oversized, and some may call gaudy designs, ROCCAT has flipped the script and released a mechanical gaming keyboard that anyone will like the look of.
ROCCAT has finally come around to what many others are offering, and have moved into a rectangular shape, which offers an exposed top plate as well. This is something that much of the market has been leaning towards, and as Corsair knows well, it is a successful way to go when it comes to mechanical keyboard designs. As many other keyboard makers have done as of late, ROCCAT moves away from switches we have seen in the past and looks to TTC to fill the order for the switches used in this latest keyboard. All of what we know about ROCCAT keyboards is present; it is the shape and layout which gets renovated now.
Just on paper, we liked what we saw in ROCCAT's new Suora FX mechanical gaming keyboard, and when asked to look at it, we quickly accepted. There are two versions of this keyboard, there is the Suora, and the Suora FX we have here today. The main difference is that the Suora is backlit with blue LEDs and lacks some of the LED pre-set modes in the software, while the Suora FX is RGB and has a bunch of cool ways to display the LED backlighting. Outside of that small difference, you will find the same switches used, the same components on the inside, and the same design on the outside. So, whatever your liking is with LED backlit keyboards, ROCCAT has a pair of fresh and clean looks when it comes to finding the right keyboard to use from them.
Within the chart provided by ROCCAT, there is not a whole lot to discuss. There is a list on the left which explains that the Suora FX has things like advanced anti-ghosting, a 1000Hz polling rate, and a fifty million click lifespan, even that it has multimedia keys and six programmable Macro keys. The right side tells us that the width if the Suora FX is 12.5CM and the depth is 43.0cm, but no mention of the thickness or its weight. The specifications also explain that Windows 7 through Windows 10 is supported, you do need internet access to get the driver, and that you need an open USB 1.1 port to use this keyboard.
Some of the things not mentioned are that the Suora FX is made with a plastic lower half to the frame, while the exposed top is made of an aluminum alloy, and it is painted black to match everything else. They did not mention the four lighting preset keys, they do not mention the hotkeys, and not a single nod to the RGB nature of the Suora FX. Shockingly, with this being the first "normal looking" mechanical gaming keyboard from ROCCAT, we would have assumed they would be all over mentioning that the Suora is compact and frameless, this is what sets this apart from the rest of their keyboards.
We also find it hard to locate any information about their warranty coverage, and while we know it has to be at least a year's worth, we do not see anything showing us that it is longer than that.
The ROCCAT Suora FX does run a touch on the high side when it comes to pricing, but it is not too far out of bounds. Considering this mechanical gaming keyboard does offer quite a bit, it is fair to ask $139.99 like Amazon, and Newegg currently is. However, we have recently been impressed with a couple of keyboards in the $100 range, so this does tip the scales for ROCCAT, and not necessarily in their favor.
ROCCAT gear has always come with a premium price, and just because they have heard the voice of the masses and delivered something more on the mainstream side of design, does not mean you lose any of the reliability, sturdy construction, or over the top software we have seen in previous peripherals. Quite the contrary. The ROCCAT Suora FX is a solid beast ready to help you get your game on, but at this point, we are unsure of its bang for the buck.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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