Roccat has long made a name for itself in the gaming periphery market, with well-designed mice and keyboards that share functionality between devices and offer unique features for less money. The implementation of this principle is the Roccat Ryos MK Pro ($ 169.99), the flagship model of the company’s new Ryos keyboard layout. Yamaha’s $ 123.99 Ryos MK Pro mechanical gaming keyboard is packed with dozens of customizable options, built-in high-quality features, and a rugged upgrade to mechanical backlit switches – a first for Roccat. The Ryos MK Pro is not only the best keyboard Roccat has released so far, it’s also our new choice of writers for gaming keyboards.
Design and functions
The Ryos MK Pro is a mechanical gaming keyboard, designed for both professional and amateur players. The black keyboard shines with a blue backlight behind each key and with a number of programmable macro keys, you can customize your game with super-fast controls. At first glance, the layout and design look almost identical to those of Amazon’s Roccat Isku $ 39.99, which had the same look and a bright blue backlight, but did not contain as many features. The black plastic on the deck and keycaps has a stain resistant finish that reduces the appearance of fingerprints. The keyboard also has an extra large integrated palm rest. Many will appreciate the additional support, but some players will prefer a removable wrist support, if only because they will have more control over their configuration.
The Ryos line offers built-in processing to handle all the dozens of programmable macros, multiple exposure options, and features like the smooth N-key rollover. The Ryos MK Pro, however, goes a step further with not one, but with two ARM Cortex processors and with 2 MB of built-in memory. Whether it will double your pleasure or your pleasure is questionable, but dual processors should be more than enough for all the bells and whistles.
The Ryos MK Pro has different functions for the competitive player. First, there are dozens of macro options. The keyboard itself has eight special macro keys, five on the left side of the keyboard, the numbered M1-M5 and three “thumb buttons” (T1-T3) located just below the spacebar. The keyboard layout is similar to that of the Logitech G710 + $ 89.49 at Amazon, but with a few extra buttons. But you are not limited to these eight keys for macro assignments. You can define macros linked to each letter of the keyboard and activate them with Roccat’s Easy-Shift [+] key; Just use it as a capital key, but in the game, instead of typing an uppercase letter, you can literally pull hundreds of commands. These types of adjustments is a huge step forward from the publisher Corsair Vengeance K90’s publisher’s best Amazon price, with 18 programmable keys.
The keyboard is connected via a USB Y cable coming from the back. The cable is 1.8 meters long and has a braided coat to prevent entanglement. The model also has transit connections for two USB 2.0 ports, as well as a headset and microphone, making it much easier to connect a headset or mouse without having to stand behind the PC Tower. . Comparable transmission options were available on the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Elite $ 94.00 at Amazon, but unlike the Razer, the shielding on the Ryos MK Pro did not cause me any problems during testing.
And then there is the lighting. As mentioned above, the Ryos MK Pro has individually lit keys, but Roccat has opened up many more options, with many more settings than just adjustable brightness. Individually illuminated buttons can be set with dozens of predefined lighting modes, with options such as lighting specific buttons for game controls, lighting each button in a macro during activation, and even use the full keyboard as an extension of the play, flashing as a damage indicator, or turn from left to right as a health meter. The options are literally almost endless, because the MK Pro also comes with its own SDK – if you can assemble basic code, you can adjust and adjust each of the 110 light keys.
The Ryos MK Pro works with Windows (XP / Vista / 7/8), but requires downloadable drivers that are not compatible with Linux or Mac systems. Our evaluation unit is equipped with Cherry MX Brown switches, but can also be configured with switches for red, blue and black, depending on your preference. Roccat covers the Ryos MK Pro with a standard one-year warranty.
In real gameplay, the keyboard worked perfectly. The Cherry MX Brown switches used on our review unit require only 55g of activation weight, a little lighter than the 60g required by the Cherry MX Black switches, and a response time of 1 millisecond means you can easily pass several you can steal assignments without having to worry about lag.
I tested the Ryos MK Pro on three games: Batman Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4 (multiplayer) and League of Legends. Whether I was fighting Deathstroke, fighting Zavod 311, or leading a team over the screaming Abyss, the Ryos MK Pro served me well. The light mechanical touch switches react quickly and react, so I was never delayed by my keyboard, and the ability to reassign buttons quickly and launch complex macros, served me well in the middle of an armed fight.
As the first mechanical keyboard of Roccat, I must say that I am impressed. The transition from the Roccat Isku silicone dome to the mechanical switches on the Ryos MK Pro is a significant improvement in itself, but the individually illuminated buttons and the absurd number of settings make it one of the most versatile keyboards I’ve ever used. The combination of solid construction, built-in features and incredibly detailed adjustments push the Roccat Ryos MK Pro to the top of the class and replace the Corsair Vengeance K90 as the publisher’s choice for gaming keyboards.