ROCCAT Suora FX RGB Illuminated Frameless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
|ROCCAT Suora FX RGB Illuminated Frameless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Closer Look, Features and Specifications|
|Software Setup and Testing|
Product: ROCCAT Suora FX RGB Illuminated Frameless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Provided By: ROCCAT
Price: ~139.99 Online at time of publication
It's actually been quite a while since I had the privilege of reviewing a mechanical keyboard. We've got quite a few keyboards over the past year from the likes of ROCCAT and Thermaltake and we even have some new hardware coming from HyperX in the very near future, but as these are popular items, I don't often get the chance personally to test them out. When ROCCAT contacted us recently with a request to review some new hardware, I made sure that I spoke up first - and chose the keyboard with the loudest mechanical switches that I could. I love the feel of a nice solid tactile TTC Blue Switch. Due to the short supply and high demand, ROCCAT has moved away from Cherry switches and now favors TTC switches - which boast even longer lifespan than Cherry Switches. I've never had a Cherry switch fail, and I've used a keyboard or two that comes with TTC switches, and they've performed admirably as well.
Due to the popularity of mechanical keyboards, I figured the only way I would get to review one is if I picked a loud keyboard and this one certainly fits the bill. It is also frameless, features full RGB per-key lighting and some nifty software that makes it work well for an enthusiast that wants something really custom, or even that discerning individual that merely wants a fantastic mechanical keyboard. While the design of the physical hardware is quite minimal - being frameless and all - the overall package and performance is fantastic and we'll cover more of that in the review.
One thing that I found quite interesting with the Suora FX was the frameless design of the keyboard. There is no extra ridge around the outside edge that hides the underside of the keys. It's interesting, but not the first of it's kind. Still, it is a different design element that I'm used to seeing. Before we get too much more into that, I should take a look and show how ROCCAT has packed this slim, attractive keyboard in a very slim and well-protected package.
While the bundle isn't robust by any means, you really get everything you need with a keyboard: the keyboard. Also, ROCCAT includes a quick install guide and a link to download their latest software. While I used to be opposed to this idea, the fact that this ensures that you get the latest drivers and firmware updates for your device is not a bad idea. As some issues with earlier drivers and firmware can be resolved before they are even noticed by the consumer.
There is no denying the simplicity and minimal look of the Suora FX keyboard at first glance. The features and fancy that are packed into this evidence themselves when it's plugged in however. Speaking of plugged in, ROCCAT once again uses a gold-plated connector that works at up to 1,000Hz polling rate to make your game interface lag-free. They also put the name of the device on the USB connector so you know what you are plugging and unplugging on the back of your PC. This saves you from tracing the wire through the rats nest of cables that often is bred behind gaming machines.
On the next page we'll continue looking at the Suora FX a little closer and then jump into features and specifications before we dive head-first into testing.