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ROCCAT Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard Testing & Results:
The ROCCAT Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard was put through a few weeks of use and testing. During this time, it was used in everyday use, surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, and of course some gaming. A keyboard is personal to each and every individual so how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is meant to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one keyboard to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a keyboard through words rather than leaving it for you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: OCZ Agility 3 120 GB, 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
In everyday use, it took a bit of time to get used to a membrane-style, non-mechanical keyboard again. After a few hours of many many typos, I settled back into my usual routine. The Isku FX is extremely quiet in normal use and certainly won't annoy your significant other, roommate, or LAN buddies. If you're used to a mechanical keyboard, you probably won't like the feel of the Isku FX, as it has the same "mushy" feeling that almost all non-mechanical keyboards have. That being said, it's certainly not impossible to use. As I said above, after a few hours of use, my mis-typing took a back seat and I just typed as normal.
I'm a programmer by trade, so I type a lot. Mis-keying something and having to back up isn't a disaster, but it certainly makes something that shouldn't be a limiting factor quite annoying. The Isku FX isn't bad for a non-mechanical keyboard, but there is a certain accuracy you'll never get with a numb and mushy keyboard like the Isku FX. Just like a car with power steering, there's no real feedback from the keyboard to your fingers as to whether or not you actually hit a certain key or not. In serious programming binges, this really made me a bit cranky and I nearly put the Isku FX aside in favor of my clunky, non-power steering mechanical keyboard.
I know my comments above seem a bit harsh towards the Isku FX, but those comments are coming from someone who types a LOT. In gaming, however, I saw the Isku FX in a totally different light. With the annoying voice confirmations disabled, I set out to play probably a bit more than I should have. Neverwinter, the new MMO from Cryptic Studios, dominated the majority of my playtime and I honestly have to say that the Isku FX doesn't have any real drawbacks for gaming at all. The macros work well, the keys are quiet, and I didn't ever find myself wanting to blame my keyboard for a particularly embarrassing failure in-game. I also played a few more intense games like Call of Duty, Team Fortress 2, and Warframe to see how the Isku FX held up, and I have to say, I had no complaints.