Excerpt: ROCCAT is a name that hasn’t been around very long but is gaining popularity very quickly due to their extensive selection of feature-packed peripherals. I reviewed their excellent Ryos MK Glow mechanical keyboard not too long ago and I loved it. Today I’ve got their latest variant of the Ryos – the Ryos MK Pro mechanical keyboard – on the bench to check out, so let’s get to it!
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
22 July 2014
Summary: To sum it up, the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro is one of the more full-featured mechanical keyboards out in the market. With solid construction and pretty extensive lighting customization, the Ryos MK Pro presents itself as a pretty good choice. I particularly like the cool lighting effects presented via the Power Grid app. However, does it qualify as an "essential" peripheral?
Summary: When it comes to testing a keyboard, there really isn’t much more you can do other than use it, and I did. I used this keyboard constantly over the last month and after I figured out how to setup LED macros on one tab and then assign them to a macro key on the other tab, I was in business. The keyboard I received has Cherry MX Blue switches and this is my first keyboard that has these switches.
Pros: Easy to clean, Amazing hotkey and macro setup options, Simple, clean and easy to use software, Won’t slide around on your desk, Can be used as a weapon as it is so heavy, Lighting effects may be gimmicky, but they are very cool
Cons: Loud keypresses, A fair bit more expensive that the MK Glow for extra lighting/switch options.
Summary: We'll keep this simple -- if you don't need a built-in LCD panel and can afford the asking price, we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Roccat Ryos MK Pro. This is one of the finest and most feature rich gaming planks on the market, and we're particularly impressed with the amount of LED backlight customization.
Pros: You Light Up My Life, Baby:, Let's Go Cherry Picking:, Built-In Convenience:, Macros and Media Keys:, Smudge Free Zone:
Conclusion: The Ryos MK Pro is Roccat's first mechanical gaming keyboard, and this top-of-the-line model is packed with features.
Pros: Mechanical keyboard. Has choice of four key switch styles. Individually backlit keys. Smudge-reducing finish. Dozens of programmable options. Customizable lighting modes. Built-in USB and audio pass-through connections.
Cons: Blue is your only choice for backlight. Built-in wrist rest is bulky, can't be removed.
Excerpt: Today Kaeyi Dream looks at the Ryos MK Pro from ROCCAT, featuring per-key illumination and a choice of CHERRY MX key switches in blue, black, brown, and red. Watch the video review below. Subscribe to the HardwareHeaven YouTube channel to keep...
Conclusion: Because the Ryos MK Pro costs such a sizable sum for a keyboard, we highly suggest trying it before putting down your dough. If that’s not an option, then at least buy from someplace that has a good (read: no-fee) return policy. When spending $170 can get you a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches from a different manufacturer, plus a really good mouse (such as, oh, the Roccat Kone XTD), you need to be sure you’ll leverage every last feature on this keyboard...
Pros: Four versions available, with different Cherry MX switches, Can host two macros on each key, thanks to Easy-Shift[+] feature, Extremely flexible key-backlighting controls
Cons: Quite pricey, even for a mechanical keyboard, USB ports are 2.0, not 3.0