- RGB Lighting
- Responsive during gaming sessions
- Roccat Swarm software is clunky
- Close to the price of better RGB leyboards
RGB has very quickly become the in-thing for gaming peripherals. There are even a whole array of lighting customisations you can make to your PC case to match the rainbow flashes of your keyboard and mice. Now Roccat, usually sticking to their famous blue backlighting that can be found on the original Suora has come back in style. They’ve rehashed the original model to bring you the Roccat Suora FX, keeping in line with all the RGB goodness that the current market has to offer. And I must say it looks great.
The Roccat Suora FX is a small compact keyboard with a frameless design. It’s a huge difference compared to Roccat’s offerings with their Isku and Ryos range, but it definitely fits in with the modern day aesthetic. It’s the perfect size for any gamer out there, and if you’re the type to carry around a PC to LAN parties, you can take this keyboard with you with ease. It’s super light, but actually feels like it could take a pounding during an intense game of Battlefield 1.
There’s a number pad on the right hand side as well as a full QWERTY keyboard on offer. The keys a quite close together, and coming from Roccat’s Skeltr keyboard, it’s taken some time to get used to the mechanical keys. Inside are their brown switches that give you a light tactile feedback on every keystroke, and with their 1000Hz polling rate, or 1ms response time, the Roccat Suora FX is a great option for gamers.
You have the option to take advantage of the six macro keys on offer here which are controlled by the dedicated game mode button on the top right hand side of the frame. It overrides six buttons to turn them into macro selections which make doing certain tasks in-game a lot easier, especially during MMORPG games such as World of Warcraft. The first four F keys are used to select colour patterns, although there are more options within the Roccat Swarm driver. The rest of the F keys act as bog standard media functions. There is a brightness option, but who wants to lower that right? Especially on the wave colour patterns.
The Roccat Swarm app hasn’t changed. It’s still as clunky as it was when we reviewed the original Suora a while back. However, having the driver installed on our PC for the last few months gave us a chance to get used to it. It’ll take time, but once you know your way around then you’re golden. You can expect to find the macro record functions as well as things like key reaction times as well as the now changed RGB lighting options. The most impressive by far is the wave option, but there are some clever modes such as the snail, scanning and radar. Each follow a different light pattern. Choose your favourite here.
Although having RGB lighting is rather fancy, what would be the point if the keyboard didn’t perform? The Roccat Suora FX stands quite tall, thanks to the brown switches and transparent TTCs. However, this wasn’t enough to put me off. It was fairly comfortable to use but wrist supports wouldn’t feel too out of place. There are two backer stands so you can rest the keyboard on a slight angle, which helped with finger placement. The keys were solid when in use, although touch typing is a bit of a problem if you’re not used to high keys on a mechanical keyboard. I would have liked to see the key placement a little lower. I played a few rounds of Battlefield 1 with the Suora FX and found no real issues with feedback or the response time.
Overall, the Roccat Suora FX is a great addition to Roccat’s already strong line up. At £129 however, it’s straggling behind the likes of the Razer Chroma X and even the Corsair Strafe, so you have to really ask yourself if you want RGB light enhancements that the others offer that the Roccat Suora FX doesn’t. If it’s a no, save yourself a tenner and go for the Suora FX. I’m a little disappointed by the Swarm driver again, but I can’t see this changing for a while yet, not until Roccat decide to completely overhaul their driver software. It works, it’s just a pain to navigate. You can find more information on the Roccat Suora FX on their website.