Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts
While I was using this keyboard, I had no major problems about the way it performs. It may not be a TKL keyboard, but the frameless design does save some space to allow more surface area for my mouse. The RGB illumination is spot on accurate and bright, and in my opinion, looks better than the Corsair alternatives. However, these switches and LED’s may not be as durable as Corsair’s SMD LED solution and genuine Cherry MX switches. Although these TTC switches have a 50 million click life cycle, only time can tell how durable they really are.
The Swarm software is not as complex and flexible as the Corsair Utility Engine or the Razer Synapse software. This does make it easier to navigate and learn especially for users who just want to plug and play. I hope to see some improvements on the software since it does crash randomly. It is more convenient to the user if profiles and custom lighting effects are accessible through the keyboard. Instead, I had to bring up the software every time I wanted to switch profiles or custom lighting effects.
No product is perfect since everyone wants something different. The Suora FX does lack a wrist rest, but a wrist rest is optional as some people rarely use one anyway. One of these will set you back only a few bucks if you really need one, so no big deal. Overall, the design and build quality of the keyboard is excellent without any gimmicky features. The Suora FX simply gets to the point, and I hope other manufacturers are taking notes to design a simple yet functional keyboard that works. Speaking of getting to the point, let’s move onto the conclusion.
Roccat Suora FX Conclusion
The Roccat Suora FX mechanical keyboard does well when it comes to performance. The TTC Blue mechanical switches require more force to actuate when compared to red and brown mechanical switches as this may prevent accidental mistypes for some people. There was a minor flaw with the ripple effect when pressing two or more keys at once. A Game Mode button is present to disable the Windows key and allow access to six programmable macro keys above the arrow keys.
Appearance really depends on the person and their personal preference. As for me, I think the Suora FX looks great with its simple design and standard layout. Since it is so simple, it can easily match with most setup configurations. The LED color accuracy looks great as it is much better than what was seen on the Corsair Strafe RGB and the K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE. It does fall a little behind the Gamdias Hermes RGB due to the key caps being slightly thicker. But during the testing, the Suora FX did just as well as the Hermes RGB in terms of color reproduction.
The robust metal and abs plastic prevents the Suora FX from flexing. With 50 million clicks to the TTC Blue mechanical switches, these switches should last a long time. The matte finish on the surface of the keyboard is easy to clean and does not attract finger prints.
When it comes to functionality, the Suora FX simply works. It types well, the RGB illumination looks great, but switching profiles cannot be done through the keyboard. You will have to reopen the Swarm software in order to switch profiles to access to your custom lighting effects. The software did crash a few times, but it worked well for the most part. For convenience sake, I hope the next version will allow the user to switch profiles through the keyboard instead of through the software.
As of December 2016, the Roccat Suora FX keyboard sells for $132.15 (Amazon | Newegg). At this price range, I was expecting at least a USB 2.0 pass through port on the back. A lot of the features seen on the Suora FX is already included on mechanical gaming keyboards costing around $100. At this price range, this keyboard is almost competing with the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L, which includes genuine Cherry MX switches and other tricks up its sleeves. The Gamdias Hermes RGB shares similar features to the Suora FX for less than $100. Amazingly, it has on-the-fly profile switching from the keyboard. Perhaps I missed something about the Suora FX, or perhaps Roccat has something coming for it in a future update. If you do not mind the price, the Roccat Suora FX will make a great keyboard for a simple setup.
+ Great RGB color accuracy
+ Space friendly frameless design
+ Excellent aluminum and abs plastic construction
+ Macro and lighting effects are stored on the keyboard
– Software can be improved
– Expensive compared to similarly featured keyboards
– External USB port can be useful, especially at this price
– Switching profiles and custom lighting effects requires software