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Roccat Isku FX Review

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Otis1337 18th April 2013, 15:12 Quote
eeewww
Just looks like cheap nasty crap
Yslen 18th April 2013, 21:43 Quote
<shudder>

I'm not sure I'd want to use that if you paid me £80...
SchizoFrog 18th April 2013, 21:52 Quote
I disagree with the conclusion, regardless of the £80 price tag I have yet to see a mechanical keyboard offer customisation options of the level frequently offered by membrane keyboards. They may have some options such as a few macro keys or limited back lighting but nothing comes close to what you can get with membrane keyboards.
CowBlazed 18th April 2013, 23:48 Quote
Is there really a market for high end membrane boards anymore? I'll take mechanical switches over any bell and whistle a membrane board has ever given us.

Mini LCD screens, hundreds of lighting combos and taking up extra space for asthetics are not worth paying for. Hopefully anyone buying a board today is looking to the mechanical "revolution".
Yslen 19th April 2013, 01:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I disagree with the conclusion, regardless of the £80 price tag I have yet to see a mechanical keyboard offer customisation options of the level frequently offered by membrane keyboards. They may have some options such as a few macro keys or limited back lighting but nothing comes close to what you can get with membrane keyboards.

It really depends how much you value the customisation features. If you absolutely must have RGB backlighting, macro keys and cusomisable secondary functions, I suppose this might be the keyboard to buy.

I'd personally spend a little less and get a mechanical board with backlighting, then pick up the macro/custom key functionality from a mouse, if I was interested in those features.

I'm actually not interested in those features, save perhaps the backlight though I'm not really missing one right now. I actually don't know anyone who DOES want/use those features from a keyboard.

I've always been a bit miffed by the way keyboards have been rated on bit-tech. I suppose myself and the mechanical keyboard community tend to approach 'features' from a different angle.

Personally, and I know a lot of people agree, I would consider macro keys, USB ports, audio pass through, customisable keys, multiple profiles and LCD screens to be somewhere between 'might come in useful at some point' and 'completely useless' on the grand scale of importance.

General build quiality, overall design, switch options, keycap quality and most importantly, compatibility are much MUCH more important than any of those things. Every time a simple, excellently designed and made 'board comes up for review though, they get slated for lacking such features.

My views on all of those things;

Macros: I don't use these. As far as I'm aware, only MMO players tend to use them, and using them has been known to result in account bans in the past, no?
USB ports: The ports on the front of my case are unreliable enough, and keyboard-based ones tend to inherit that issue along with a brand new one: they can't be used with power-heavy peripherals.
Audio pass-through: Again, the case mounted ports are generally poor quality, so I doubt keyboard based ones would be any better. Why would I want the cables trailing over my desk when they're long enough to reach my sound card, especially when the quality from the card is much better?
Customisable keys/multiple profiles: I don't really see the need for these. All of the games I play offer key-binding options. Perhaps if I was playing a game that needed SO MANY keys I needed more than the hundred odd I have available on my keyboard?

Anyway, that's my opinion on the whole thing.

To be honest, the only reason I decided to write a massive post is that I really enjoy typing on these cherry switches.
SchizoFrog 19th April 2013, 12:41 Quote
@Yslen

I see your point but that is the crux of it though isn't it? You don't use the features so you don't deem them a requirement, but there are people who not only want these options but actually use them on a daily bases. I use Macro keys for all sorts of things and usually not for gaming so they do come in handy as I can't use the standard keys for that. As for most of the other features, you take them or leave them as you want them. The main issue I have is the back-lighting which is a regular feature used by custom builders and gamers alike, the issue being that there are NO mechanical keyboards (at least to my knowledge and I have searched for them) that offer RGB LED back-lighting. That was my point about the conclusion. You can't compare full featured membrane keyboards against mechanical keyboards as mechanical ones just don't offer the same features. If you don't use these features then yes, mechanical becomes an option but then why would you be spending £80+ on a keyboard in the first place then unless you were looking at mechanical keyboards anyway.
Dogbert666 19th April 2013, 14:10 Quote
@SchizoFrog

Roccat's upcoming Ryos range will be mechanical with a choice of different key switches and will apparently have full, per-key RGB backlighting. It looks to be based on the same design/layout as this Isku FX. It was expected to be out already, but with this one costing £80, and the Ryos set to have mechanical keys AND independent lighting added to it, you can expect it to cost you a small fortune!

I could have been clearer in the conclusion, but the general point of comparison between this board and mechanical ones turns on their similar price tags, not feature sets. What I was trying to say is similar to what you said, in that if you have £80 to spend on a board, as you said you're more likely to be after a mechanical one, not a membrane one. If you have that money and are looking for features above all else though, then by all means this is worth considering (as the praise for the features and the high Features score implies), you just couldn't expect it to be built as well as its mechanical competitors.
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