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Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review

logoIn a world of emerging touchscreen devices, the keyboard is still the main input device for a “traditional” PC. Comfort, ease of use and features; not gimmicks, make up a great keyboard. I know personally I switch out my GPU more than I do my keyboard. I think that I have used the same keyboard on my daily rig for the last four years and within that time I’ve switched out my graphic card at least four times. So for me at least, when I find something that I really like, I tend to stick to it for a long time. It takes a lot for me to move to a different product.

Roccat (pronounced rocket) is a name that fairly recently has started making their way into the hearts and minds of gamers here in the U.S. Roccat has a large market of peripherals in Europe. I have heard quite a few people say they are the “Razer of Europe” At CES we got an opportunity to sit down with the folks at Roccat and take a look at some of their offerings. The Roccat Ryos MK Pro immediately grabbed our attention. The Ryos MK Pro is a mechanical keyboard that features per-key LED lighting that can be customized as the user sees fit. The keyboard also features dual 32-bit ARM Cortex processors and sports 2MB of flash memory. Dual processors and 2mb of ram coupled together with a wealth of features should make the Ryos MK Pro a force to reckon with.

Review Sample Provided by: Roccat
Product Name: Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard
Price at time of review: $ 169.99 USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Technical Specifications

  • Per-key illuminated mechanical keyboard with 113 keys
  • Advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover
  • Choice of four CHERRY MX key switches
  • 3 programmable thumbster keys (T1 – T3)
  • 5 programmable macro keys (M1 – M5)
  • 94 other programmable keys
  • 1000 hz polling rate, 1 ms response time
  • 1.8 m rear-exit braided cable
  • 1 x audio in, 1 x audio out, 2 x USB 2.0 ports

Additional Info

Dimensions
23.4 cm X 50.8 cm
System Requirements

Windows® XP/Windows Vista® 32/64-bit/Windows® 7 32/64-bit
Windows® 8 / Windows® 8 Pro
USB 2.0 port
Internet connection for driver installation

In the package
ROCCAT™ Ryos MK Pro
Quick-Installation Guide

Features

  • PER-KEY ILLUMINATION
    insane customization possibilities
  • EASY-SHIFT[+]™ BECOMES EASY KEYBOARD
    assign a secondary function to virtually any key
  • N-KEY ROLLOVER
    means advanced anti-ghosting
  • HIGH-POWERED HARDWARE
    two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors + 2 MB of flash memory
  • ROCCAT™ ACHIEVEMENTS DISPLAY
    keep track of your vital statistics
  • KEY SWITCHES TO SUIT EVERY GAMER
    CHERRY MX key switchs in blue, black, brown, and red
  • SMUDGE-PROOF GLOSSY LOOK
    killer look – with no fingerprints
  • INTEGRATED MEDIA HUB
    audio in/out and two USB 2.0 ports
  • COMPLETE COMFORT, ROCK SOLID
    jumbo-size integrated wrist rest
  • CLUTTER-FREE, SUPER-STABLE SUPPORT
    in-built cable channel and five rubber feet
  • ROCCAT™ TALK® – SET BONUS
    get more out of your ROCCAT™ devices by combining their functions

 

Roccat Ryos MK Pro First Look

DSC_2818The marketing team at Roccat does a nice job with the packaging. The box details out all the features and specifications of the Ryos MK Pro. The front of the box has a ton of information on the keyboard as well as a nice large graphic of the product.

 

DSC_2819The box is in reality two boxes;  a thin outer shell with the graphics and marketing materials and an inner, thicker box with the keyboard nestled away inside. The Ryos MK Pro is protected from scratches and damage by a hard plastic shell that sits over the keyboard while it sits in the box.

 

DSC_2820There is not much included in the box other than the keyboard and a quick start guide. Roccat doesn’t include a driver CD. A quick trip to the Roccat site is necessary for the Roccat driver and software. To protect the shiny parts of the Ryos MK Pro essentially static cling wrap is applied to those areas.



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About Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day, such as cutting a side window or two.

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