ROCCAT Isku Gaming Keyboard Review
ROCCAT Isku Performance
The ROCCAT Isku was a great asset for Starcraft 2. My keystrokes were instantly translated, but I felt like I had to press further for the keys to register since its membrane switches have a longer travel distance than the Cherry MX Black switches on my Steelseries 6GV2. The keystrokes felt tactile and were silent even during rapid tapping. No ghosting issue was detected, and the brightly lit keys really helped while gaming in the dark. The macro keys were easy to reach and press. I had M1 through M3 bound to creating workers for each of the three races and found them to be quite helpful.
Test 2: Battlefield 3
The main concern here with many membrane keyboards is ghosting. The capability of handling multiple key presses is a must in order to play this chaotic first person shooter. Luckily, the ROCCAT Isku did not produce an hiccups here even with 4 keys being held down at the same time (Shift, W,D, and Q). All keys registered perfectly and were responsive.
Also, since I had some macros bound in the SC2, bank switching came in handy here. The keyboard’s software even provided me with an audio alert when I pressed the bank switch buttons to indicate which one is being selected.
Test 3: Typing and General use
Typing on the ROCCAT Isku was a fairly satisfying experience. The actuation force on the keys were quite light, but didn’t feel as light as some mechanical switches such as the Cherry MX Reds. The oversized matte wristrest was one of the most comfortable wristrests I have ever used. After an hour of typing my hands were still ready for for more. Additionally, the keys were dead silent throughout rapid typing sessions – something I haven’t experienced ever since switching over to mechanical.
The macro keys were exceptionally helpful for everyday use. Using the included Isku driver software, nearly half the keyboard can be programmed to perform specific tasks and execute system functions like shutdown or wake. The EasyZone was every accessible and felt natural to use. I programmed them to launch every single program on my desktop and still had plenty to spare. The only downside to this is remembering them all, but this was foreignness was quickly dissipated after about a week of consistent use. The dedicated media control keys made pausing, adjusting volume, and stopping while enjoying media require minimum effort, but not having back lights on them was a bummer.
The driver software was frustration free. The interface was clean, well categorized, and navigation was very intuitive. Something I found to be a great addition is the audio notification that plays every time I switched a macro bank or recorded a macro. This made transitioning from bank to bank a lot less confusing as it gave me some sort of auditory confirmation of the change.