Roccat Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
|Roccat Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard|
|Installation and Testing|
It's hot, busy, and it's review time here at BCCHardware. Testing products at BCCHardware can have its ups and downs as some products are easy and some can be hard. It’s usually a good time though. ROCCAT, a company In Germany makes gaming gear for the hardcore gamer, especially if you want everything to sync together! They make products such as keyboards, mice, headsets, accessories and mouse pads!
BCCHardware has received many keyboards that light up and have macro capability such as the Tt eSports Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard, but never had reviewed something like this one with its compatibility with products from the same company! The ISKU Illuminated Gaming Keyboard from ROCCAT, and their gaming mice are supposed to talk with each other. This review covers the keyboard end of things, where as Jason “Fujitsu” Schneider covered the ROCCAT Savu mouse.
The keyboard fits well with their line of gaming peripherals. It has more interesting features than a regular keyboard. Before we jump right in, there are a few quick things to know about the keyboard. Some of these get me a bit excited. It has five different levels of brightness as well as the option to turn it off. Just like a phone or a tablet, the keyboard dims after awhile when not in use. It has typical media keys that are programmable and can be assigned different media settings. It’s interesting that these don’t light up - it would be great if they did as well. The keyboard is a bit larger than some and I found I had to use it on an angle at my table in order to be able to use my mouse beside the keyboard on the keyboard tray. My previous keyboard had a removable number pad to make more room, but this one doesn’t.
I like the large wrist rest it has for wrist support. There are five rubber stubs on the bottom of the keyboard for a non-slip experience as well as two locking stands. The “Windows” keys can be enabled or disabled when you're gaming. It sucks to hit the wrong key by mistake and be kicked to your desktop when you're on a great killstreak.
The last few features that people are dying to know that it has five profiles that light up, five macro keys along the left hand side M1-M5, 20 keys that can be made into macros around the WASD keys, caps lock key can be used as an easy shift key, three keys that are by the space bar called “thumb” buttons that can be assigned as macros too to get your game on!!
The easy record button on the top helps to record macros on the fly and talks you through this process.
We'll take a closer look on the next page.