The Suora FX is the first foray into a "normal" keyboard for ROCCAT, and outside of a couple of minor details, we feel they did a good job of delivering a keyboard better suited for the masses. Frameless keyboards are nice and are done a lot to be able to flood the keyboard with LED light, and this is why it is done here as well. The RGB nature of the Suora FX is great to tinker with and customize, and the amount of light produces some of the brightest we have seen on any backlit keyboard.
Functionally using it to type, we find it to be comfortable to use long term, and for gaming, it works well with our left hand. The ROCCAT SWARM software is also something worthy of the space on the hard drive. Even though other ROCCAT keyboards come with a few more options here, what is offered with the Suora FX is enough to keep you happy, and keeps up with what we recall in the past, where everything is easy to find, and everything works as intended, right from the word go.
We did run into a couple of things that we feel need to be addressed. Since ROCCAT is asking a premium price for this keyboard, we feel that the lack of detail to remove flux residue from the PCB is something that should have been done. It may never cause an issue down the line, but a keyboard with lesser of an investment does it, why not do it here too. The only other thing that we found to be awkward was the location of the Macro keys.
We are glad that ROCCAT was still able to keep some of what has made their previous keyboards successful, but we would rather they be on the number to the left, not on the right where we have to stop and find them to use them. It breaks the flow of the game, and a few times we were getting pummeled while we hunted down the right key to retaliate with. Beyond that, we have no serious concerns with the design or the construction, as this is a solid contender to be under your hands.
We hate to keep bringing up the Hermes P1, but it is relevant to a keyboard such as the Suora FX. The Hermes offers ninety-five percent of what the Suora FX brings, but costs much less to obtain. While we like much of what ROCCAT has done here, we do feel that the $139.99 asking price is a bit too much with competition the way it is right now.
If you happen to catch this keyboard on sale, by all means, get one and try it out for yourself, it is a nice piece of hardware to use every day. With what we have seen in our time reviewing, ROCCAT may have priced themselves out of many hands with the Suora FX, but otherwise, we still say it is worth checking out.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: ROCCAT's SUORA FX is bright with its RGB LEDs, it is the first normal looking keyboard from them, and they did nearly everything right with the design! It is just the cost and the location of the Macro keys that has kept this keyboard from the gold.
PRICING: You can find the ROCCAT SUORA FX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The ROCCAT SUORA FX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails for $123 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The ROCCAT SUORA FX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails for £70 at Amazon UK.
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