The board itself is certainly styled with gamers in mind. The jagged (but smoothed) edges are all made with heavy duty plastic. The whole thing feels pretty solid, but it’s not as weighty as the mechanical boards I’ve tested in the past. The frame is made up of a matt black plastic, with the keyboard body itself being coated in glossy black.
There’s several Roccat and Isku logos dotted about the board, with an embossed, stencilled one located on the wrist rest.
The rest has a textured surfaced, giving it a bit of grip and elevating your skin from the surface sightly, which should prevent any perspiration buildup from sticking to your hand and wrist.
In a break from classical design, Roccat have placed three buttons under the space bar, within easy reach of your thumb. They’re designed for profile switching on the fly.
The keys are flat as opposed to the sloping you see on some keyboards. They also feature translucent plastic key designation, leaving much of the work up to the back light.
Above the lower F keys there are the P1-5 profile LEDs as well as the record button, with its icon next to it that tells you when its activated for not. This is designed for macro recording.
The rest of the F keys have the media keys jut above them. They include: mute, volume down and up, play/pause, track skip back/forwards, browser open and computer open. These last two seem a little unecessary, but ah well they can be remapped later.
On the right hand side, next to the Roccat TALK logo, there’s an illumination key which controls the backlight brightness (there are 6 different levels, including off), and the illuminated lock keys with Easyshift designator in the centre.
Popping the keys off – which was nice and easy making cleaning a simple process – we can see that the usual rubber dome switches are encased in these little plastic shells. This prevents food and other detritus blocking or damaging the swithces.
The underside features rubber pads in certain places to prevent movement when in operation.
Most of them are found in the corners, with one centre one located under the wrist rest.
In the top corners are little flip-out props which help increase the angle of the ISKU, offering two options for usage.