We here at Tbreak have spoken before how much appreciate Roccat products. Razer might be the mainstream company (as mainstream as gaming peripheral manufacturers can get), but any serious and/or competitive gamer is at least aware of Roccat’s contributions. The Roccat Isku Keyboard is the latest product from Roccat and one of the most anticipated pieces of gaming gear, and given Roccat’s track record, it is easy to see where all the hype comes from.
Looks matter when it comes to high end devices, and not just for aesthetics reasons, as design can affect the usability, and in gaming, where a fraction of a second makes the difference between winning or losing, design affects performance just as much as functionality. Isku sports a great design that combines between visual appeal and comfort. The keyboard’s body is one of the bigger ones we have seen. Thanks to its smart design, it doesn’t come off as bulky or cumbersome. The keys are all arranged to maximize the users speed and efficiency, and they extra keys that Roccat adds (Macro Keys, Thumbster keys, media keys…etc) never feel out of place, or as “extras”, but feel like they’re part of the keyboard. The keyboard also sports a large wrist rest, which some might find overkill, but actually serves its purpose extraordinarily well thanks to convenient design and positioning. All this is complimented by a large Roccat logo marking its territory at the bottom of the keyboard.
The keys have a great feel to them, smooth and silky and gentle to the press. One of the cool looking features of the device is the backlit keys, however it doesn’t seem to be fitted in too well. Viewing the keyboard from a top down angle, the backlit keys look bright and clear, however, the more you move back the less clear each key appears to be, and when you’re sitting at the normal position a lot of the keys are reducing to blue blurs. This is especially annoying when you are first getting used to the position of the keys and have to focus on each key to tell what is the letter/symbol on it