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Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard

Software

The software for the Roccat Isku is typical of the company. If you’ve used the Kone or Kova software you’ll be familiar with this sort of layout. The first panel is “Main control” which handles button remapping of the macros, offering you up two functions for everything thanks to Easyshift.

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There’s a lot of pre-formatted macros ready for you to map, with lots of popular games to choose from. You can also make your own macros with the built in recorder which features enhanced controls like fine tuning timings between key press and release.

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The second tab opens up key and easyshift mapping for the entire left hand side of the keyboard. This seems like overkill, but hey, when it comes to macros, this is Roccat’s forté.

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Media keys can also be remapped, as well as the F keys. This is all great, wonderful customisation. Part of me feels though that if you needed to customise things this much, you might just buy a keyboard that came with the options you liked at stock.

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Advanced controls gives you access to illumination levels, a dimmer/timeout options, character repeat timers and the ability to disable keys. This is great for those that find themselves accidently hitting the windows key during an important game. There’s also a sound feedback control which isn’t really needed, but it is funny. This was introduced with the Kone + mouse, where changing DPI would have a guy say “x000 DPI”; uneeded, but funny.

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The last panel handles driver updates and online support.

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Throughout all of the software options you have the choice of 5 seperate profiles. Combined with Easyshift, this gives you more macro options than you should ever need. As with all Roccat software, the layout is detailed but intuitive, with a clean UI.

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