Roccat Isku Keyboard Review
With so much real estate available on a keyboard box, Roccat certainly take advantage by showing us the majority of the features available on the Isku. The design matches the rest of the Roccat range being their futuristic Blade Runner-esque font and ice blue colouring.
The Isku itself is a full size keyboard with a built in wrist-rest. There are so many buttons, which we'll cover in a moment, that it takes up a sizeable chunk of your desk space. This certainly isn't something you could use if you're limited in elbow room. It's piano black which is very much the in vogue finish at the moment. We don't mind it on screens and the like, but on a keyboard its natural fingerprint magnet qualities are stretched to breaking point.
The feet raise the Isku just enough to maintain typing comfort. It's always a bit of a shame to see a centrally exiting cable, especially as keyboards are always kept in front of the monitor, but it is flexible enough to be a minor issue.
At the top left we have five LEDs to indicate which of the profiles you're currently using. Next to those is an LED to indicate when you're in record mode, and the Live Record button itself. Just press this, record your macro, and press it again. Although this doesn't give the exacting control we get from the software, it's a nice way to jury rig one up until you're comfortable.
At the top right is the Roccat Talk Logo which we'll cover later, as well as the button to control the lighting itself. There are five levels from off, to quite bright, but none of them are distracting. In a darkened environment with the lighting off its definitely something that touch-typers only should try. But it's worth being in the dark because of how great it looks when lit up.
Below the space bar are the Thumbster keys we first saw and loved on the Arvo. Your thumbs tend to be limited to the spacebar only, so having a few extra customisable keys here is an excellent piece of thinking and perfect for those oft-used shortcuts.
At the top we have yet further customisation options with the media keys. Although these default to functions that are indicated you aren't limited to only using them to adjust the music player of your choice thanks to the powerful customisation software.