|Roccat ISKU Illuminated Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Friday, 28 October 2011|
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Roccat ISKU Detailed Features
In this section we will have a look at the software that drives the Roccat ISKU Illuminated Gaming Keyboard.
The main window deals with the function of the EasyShift[+] key and also the functions of the M and T keys. By default the EasyShift[+] key is set to modify the keyboard commands only but because I also have the Roccat KONE[+] installed I can make use of Roccat Talk and have the EasyShift[+] key as the modifier for all devices (keyboard and mouse). Next you can assign functions to the macro and thumb keys (M-Keys and T-Keys).
The ISKU Illuminated Keyboard can have up to five different profiles set to activate when a certain game or application is launched. You can also set one of these profiles as windows profile (by clicking the WP button on any of the five profiles), as soon as you exit any application or game that has a profile assigned to it, the settings utility will automatically switch back to your defined windows profile so you don't need to worry about (or check) which profile is active.
Next is the EasyZone settings tab, here you can assign the secondary functions to the 20 keys in the direct area where your hand sits while you are gaming (highlighted above) to be used in conjunction with the EasyShift[+] key.
The next tab is the Media key and F-key function assignment area. Shown above are the default functions of these keys and there are drop downs that allow you to change their functions. The Media keys can only have pre defined functions assigned to them but the F-keys have more options. They can either have a shortcut assigned to them e.g. CTRL + X, they can have a timer assigned to them, or they can be assigned to launch applications of your choice.
The advanced setting tab gives you access to various settings. Character repeat rate and delay options allow you to change the delay between key repeat and how often keys repeat when held down. Key illumination brightness lets you choose between six levels of brightness. Key illumination dimmer timeout allows you to set an illumination level to lower to after a user defined length of time. Sound feedback options let you decide whether you want it active or not and the voice playback volume. There is also the option to enable or disable some keyboard keys that would normally interfere with your games (bottom left).
The last tab of the ISKU keyboard utility allows you to check for driver updates and get online support in one convenient location, this saves you having to trawl through the website in order to find the relevant pages.
There is but one underlying problem though and this fault is either inherent to the software itself or maybe it is the process of flashing the ROM onboard the keyboard. When you make any changes you need to apply them. It takes approximately 35 seconds from clicking apply to the changes actually taking place on the keyboard. While 35 seconds might not seem like a long time, waiting this period of time between changing settings can soon mount up. Changing settings or buttons configurations can become a time consuming and laborious task.