Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard (Black)
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- Blue key illumination with 6 brightness levels
- 3 Easy-shift zones for easy key duplication
- 36 easy-to-reach macro keys including 3 Thumbster keys
- Macro live recording with dedicated M-Rec button
- 180+ macros in 5 profiles
- 8 configurable media and hotkeys with 25 plus assignable functions
- Medium-height keys with an optimum keystroke and pressure point
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The Isku is the only keyboard in the world to feature our groundbreaking Easy-Shift[+] technology, which offers you the wonder of 36 easily-customizable macros strategically positioned in 3 spots in the easy-to-find WASD zone. This means you can fire off orders without ever having to re-adjust your hand position so you won't have to take your eyes off the screen to look for keys. Simple and ingenious. And because the Easy-Shift[+] key works just like the standard shift key, activating your macros is as simple as typing an uppercase letter. The Easy-Shift[+] zone gives you an impressive 28 macros keys including 8 dedicated keys that can be doubly programmed. Plus, the ability to instantly switch between 5 profiles lets you enjoy up to a whopping 180 macros enough customization to meet even the most demanding warrior's needs. Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard and the ROCCAT Kone[+] high-performance gaming mouse to talk to each other giving you a powerful set bonus that lets you execute mouse macros quickly and easily right from your keyboard. This groundbreaking technology works like a dream together with our exclusive Easy-Shift[+] technology. Simply use the Easy-Shift[+] key on your Isku to activate macros for both your keyboard and mouse - an ingenious short-cut that lets you concentrate more on your game and less on controls. Your Kone[+] will even signal you with a light flash every time it's chatting with the Isku so you'll know when the two are working together. ROCCAT Talk also lets you take advantage of our exclusive Easy-Aim technology like never before. When your game demands precise marksmanship in sniper mode, simply press and hold a single keyboard key and Easy-Aim will instantly optimize the DPI setting on your Kone[+]. This two-handed custom marksmanship is the simplest and most convenient way ever to achieve pinpoint sniping accuracy. And it also frees up a Kone[+] button for another macro of your choice.
From the Manufacturer
Combining the world’s smartest gaming engineering with jaw-dropping design, the ROCCAT Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard hands you the power to own any game the easy way.
Combine Devices for More Power
ROCCAT Talk lets your compatible ROCCAT gaming devices join forces for amazing Set Bonus advantages that let you play faster, win more and enjoy a more intense game.
The ROCCAT Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard, the Kone XTD and the Kone Pure are the world's first devices to be connected with the ROCCAT Talk protocol.
For example, ROCCAT Talk lets you take advantage of exclusive Easy-Shift[+] technology. Now you can use the Easy-Shift[+] key on your Isku to activate macros for both the keyboard and mouse. It's a one-stop short-cut that makes giving orders quicker and easier.
ROCCAT Talk also lets you use ROCCAT's exclusive Easy-Aim technology when playing with the Isku and the Kone XTD or Kone Pure. When you need precise marksmanship in sniper mode, just press and hold a single Isku key and Easy-Aim will instantly optimize the DPI setting on your Kone XTD or Kone Pure. This two-handed team marksmanship is the most convenient way ever to be the deadliest sniper in the game.
Hunt Your Prey Instead of Hunting for Keys
The Isku is the only keyboard in the world to feature the groundbreaking Easy-Shift[+] technology, which offers 36 easily-customizable macros strategically positioned in three spots in the easy-to-find WASD zone. This means you can fire off orders without ever having to re-adjust your hand position, so you won’t have to take your eyes off the screen to look for keys.
Because the Easy-Shift[+] key works just like the standard shift key, activating your macros is as simple as typing an uppercase letter.
The Easy-Shift[+] zone gives you an impressive 28 macros keys – including eight dedicated keys that can be doubly programmed. Plus, the ability to instantly switch between five profiles lets you enjoy up to 180 macros.
Get Your Thumbs Into the Fight
Are all your digits in? Now you can give your thumbs something useful to do instead of just hovering over the spacebar. Our ROCCAT scientists put three individually-programmable Thumbster macro keys right below the Isku’s spacebar each easily activated with a quick thumb strike. Perfect for casting a lightning-quick healing spell in the middle of a tough fight. Brilliant for a rapid weapon change. Think of your thumbs as two new eager allies. Thumbs up to that.
Record Macros Mid-Action
New enhanced Macro Live! technology makes in-game macro recording easy. Simply hit the dedicated Macro Live! Recording button and let the Sound Feedback tool talk you through the quick and easy recording process, step by step. You can program up to 500 actions for each of the 180 macros, giving you the freedom to lay down any orders you can dream up. And you won’t have to leave your game to do it.
Record Macros at Your Leisure
If recording macros using a menu-based system is more your style, the Macro Manager software is just what you want. The award-winning Macro Manager lets you record and fine-tune your macros with incredible precision and intuitive ease thanks to a simple-to-use interface. The Loop Function even lets you repeat your settings up to 255 times. The program also comes with presets for top games and office apps so you can enjoy your favorites with no wait.
Jump Into the Fray Right Away
Save your favorite settings such as button configurations, lighting level, DPI preference, and more in five profile slots. Activate each instantaneously with the simple press of a button so you can game your way with speed and ease. You’ll always know which profile you’ve chosen thanks to five bright LED profile indicators. And with the Sound Feedback tool, the ROCCAT Voice will even tell you which profile you’ve selected. You can even set a profile for Windows which the Isku will automatically switch back to when you’ve finished gaming.
Thanks to its off-white UV-coated keys and its extreme ice blue backlighting in 6 adjustable brightness levels, the Isku makes it easy to always hit the right key -- even in low lighting. The Isku’s optimized illumination also means it’s perfect for avoiding eye strain during those long gaming sessions. Plus, you can program the Isku to automatically switch its lights off if you haven’t hit a key for a length of time of your choosing – great for when you want to take a break from your game. And did we mention Isku’s keyboard illumination simply looks awesome?
Pamper Your Wrists
The Isku’s Integrated Extra-Large Granular Wrist Rest acts like a sofa for your hands, providing perfect stability and comfort so you can avoid wrist fatigue even when gaming into the wee hours. Its advanced granular surface also enables fast, yet controlled, lateral movement for optimized play even during the most hectic battles.
Isku Stays Put
Flip the Isku over (don’t worry, it won’t bite) and you’ll find 5 rubberized Non-Slip Gaming Boots and 2 rubberized Lock-Fast Gaming Feet. This means the Isku stays put -- even during the most intense play session. The retractable gaming feet also position the Isku at the ideal gaming angle of 5.90 degrees – ensuring the quickest key activation and best typing comfort possible.
Ultra-Fast Keyboard Response
The Isku boasts medium height keys with fully-optimized key architecture, giving you a perfect striking surface and ideal keystroke response for finger action that feels right every time. The 1000Hz polling rate also ensures ultra-fast keyboard response with no lag, so your commands are carried out instantaneously. Advanced anti-ghosting technology means multiple keys can be depressed simultaneously, making sure you can take full advantage of every complex command at your disposal.
Cable Channels Keep Things Tidy
Your headset and mouse cables can now easily be tidied away using the handy cable channels under the Isku. And no cable mess means less to get in the way of you enjoying your game.
Audible Countdown Timer
The Isku comes standard with the ROCCAT Timer, which gives you a handy audible countdown timer for any event you wish. Among other uses, you’ll always know exactly how long it’ll be before something re-spawns on the battlefield – valuable info you can exploit for a tactical advantage.
Control Your Media the Easy Way
The Isku features a row of eight fully-configurable media keys optimally positioned at the top of the keyboard--for quick and easy access to 25 handy functions of your choice. It also features 12 programmable F keys, giving you a full range of customization options.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
The keyboard is surprisingly lightweight compared to my U7 Luxeed Keyboard (which doesn't have any macro keys or numpad for that matter. The keys press down nicely and are not too far apart and not too close together. It feels very nice typing on it and doesn't bother me while I'm playing games for hours a day. I haven't gotten much use out of the macro keys, but they are easy to set up, and when you press the macro record button, instead of a beep or noise, it actually says "Select a macro key to start recording" and when you cancel the macro recording, it says "Macro recording aborted." It says it through your operating system (ie. your speakers or headphones) not the keyboard itself. That is better than having some beep and then trying to figure out which beep is which.
One thing to note about this keyboard is that the boarder is flat black with a textile feel and the part around the keys is a glossy black. I knew this before purchasing, and I admit it makes the keyboard look very well and stand out, but it does get very dirty with fingerprints and dust very quickly.
Also, in order for the capslock key to work, you have to press and hold the T1 key then press the capslock key. Without pressing the T1 key, it functions as a macro key. To some, this my be convenient or inconvenient depending on your style of play.
EDIT: The above mentioned is enabled by default. There is an option in the keyboard drivers software to have the capslock key act as a capslock instead of a macro key.
Overall, the keyboard is amazing! I am glad I bought it and I expect to have this keyboard for a very long time. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone that is looking for an amazing gaming keyboard. I will definitely be checking out more of Roccat's products!
If you don't like where the EasyShift+ button is: By default it takes the place of the caps lock key. I changed this key back to capslock through the software and made my middle thumbkey (T2) the EasyShift+ button.
Media keys: The media keys on top are removable and can be changed with each other. The software can change the function. I did this to move the pause/play button to the left edge and swap with the mute button. Having play/pause in the middle was harder to hit and I hit the Previous button a few times causing the video to restart. Since these keys are NOT illuminated, it makes it a bit harder to see which is which in low light. By swapping, I can tell the play button by feel now (some tactile feedback, like a small nub, could help a lot here).
Overall I think it's a great keyboard. I know there are a lot "nicer" boards out there, and I even had a chance to pickup a Logitech 910 for $90 at the same time I bought this one, but to me $50 for a keyboard is just about where I want my price point. I do play games and haven't noticed any negatives from the keyboard. I'm not big into MMO's so I can't comment to how it holds up for online play but for local games I've noticed no issues. If you're looking for a solid keyboard with tons of customizable buttons for shortcuts, macros, system actions, etc., then I highly recommend giving this one a try.
Edit for clarity and to say the keyboard is still doing great. Definitely recommend!