It has been over six months since our last Roccat keyboard review in which we took a look at the Suora FX. It had some teething problems with the software driver, so it is about time for a look at yet another Roccat keyboard today to also figure out how Roccat's Swarm has come along. In a sea of mechanical keyboards that are easy to mistake for one another, we are going through some variety here on TechPowerUp as of late with some scissor switch keyboards, wireless keyboards, and a keyboard with a crown dial, and Roccat steps up as well in providing yet more flavor by the way of a keyboard that offers analog/force-sensitive controls. Enter the Isku+ Force FX, and thanks again to Roccat for providing us with a review sample.
The Isku+ Force FX is part of Roccat's Isku series, and if you are familiar with it, you know already that this is not a mechanical keyboard. It is a (much) larger-than-full-size membrane keyboard with a lot of extra keys all over the keyboard to provide dedicated functionality that is both pre-programmed and programmable. There is also at least a color of backlighting and presumably more, just going by the picture above, and we see a lot more indicator lights than we are generally used to. This is much more than a regular keyboard in both size and functionality, and this is before we even get to what makes those Q/W/E/A/S/D keys different. So let us begin our review with a look at the specifications below:
Roccat Isku+ Force FX Keyboard
Larger than full size (123 keys); US, UK, DE, FR, NO, CH, IT, TR, BE, HU, LC, RU, UK-SK-SZ, PT, ES, KR, JP, TH, AR, TC layouts available