Testing N-Key Rollover and Lighting
The Suora FX felt very sturdy with its robust aluminum housing as it took a lot of effort just to flex it. Its TTC Blue mechanical switches did not feel any different than Cherry MX Blue switches as they provided a satisfying click while typing. As expected, each key registered perfectly except for the secondary Windows key and the scroll lock LED since these were not present on this keyboard. The n-key rollover allowed multiple keys to register when pressed at the same time.
As for gaming performance, this keyboard performed perfectly fine thanks to the tactile feedback from the blue mechanical switches and the 1000 Hz polling rate. Although blue mechanical switches are not the best switches for gaming to some people, I personally prefer them as they require a bit more force to actuate when compared to red and brown switches. Roccat does offer a similarly priced Suora FX with TTC Brown mechanical switches if you prefer that.
Replicating a pure white color can be difficult for some RGB peripherals. When it came to color reproduction, the Suora FX did quite well. The LED’s on the Suora FX looked similar to what we saw on the Gamdias Hermes RGB keyboard, which in my opinion still has the best color reproduction when it comes to lighting. When compared to the Corsair Strafe RGB and the K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE, the Suora FX produced a more vivid color. The whites were cooler (temperature wise) when compared to the warmer whites on the Corsair alternatives.
Corsair has gone with their SMD LED lighting solution on their mechanical gaming keyboards. This solution uses 3mm LED’s instead of 5mm LED’s located underneath the protective clear switch housing of the key switch. This promotes durability and longevity to the switch and the LED’s as it allows the light to fully illuminate the clear switch housing. Below is an example of this on the Corsair K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE keyboard.
Since the light hits the clear switch housing, the remaining light that travels to illuminate the key caps remains less vivid. It is not as vibrant when compared to an exposed LED on the Suora FX or the Hermes RGB keyboard, shown below.
Although it may be hard to tell the differences through pictures, it was easily distinguishable with the naked eye. The clear switch housing on the Corsair keyboards illuminated entirely for a great under glow effect. With the exposed LED’s on the Hermes RGB and the Suora FX, this resulted in a better color to the key caps overall. The clear switch housing on the Suora FX did not illuminate entirely, but the light going to the key caps looked better compared to the Corsair alternatives. When I switched the key caps between the Hermes RGB and the Suora FX, the Suora FX looked better with the Hermes RGB’s key caps when the light shined through. This meant the Hermes RGB and the Suora FX were identical in terms of lighting.
I did experience a flaw with the ripple effect. I can press the Tab key and the num lock key at the same time. They both would produce a ripple, but once the two ripples came into contact, one of them canceled the other one out. This meant only one ripple could go across the keyboard when it should be multiple ripples.
The Swarm software worked well for the most part, but it crashed randomly multiple times when trying to adjust various settings. I installed the software onto two other computers, but they all had the same problem where the software would crash randomly. This does not happen every time the software is open, but I hope a future software update can fix this problem.
With the Suora FX, I found out I had to reopen the software just to switch the lighting settings back to my custom lighting setting after switching through the preset modes on the keyboard. Switching between different profiles was also the same deal. Unfortunately, I could not find such functions in the Swarm software that would allow me to make shortcuts on the keyboard to switch between custom lighting effects and profiles. Why Roccat decided to leave this out is beyond me.