Testing & Results
Testing an input device is simple, all one needs to do is use it. Unfortunately there are no quantative benchmarks to run, no numbers to compare, and no software used that can test the quality of the hardware. Testing an input device like the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Gaming Keyboard is going to be based around personal opinion and preference. In this section I will present my unbiased opinion with regards to the use and operation of the Ryos MK Pro and report back any improvement benefiting directly by its use in various games and programs listed below. Your mileage may vary slightly and as such this should be taken as a guide only.
- Motherboard: ASUS Z87I-PRO
- System Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
- Processor: Core i5 4670K
- Video: Palit GeForce GTX 770
- Disk Drive: Kingston HyperX 120GB
- Monitor: HKC 22″ Widescreen (1920×1080)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
- Adobe Photoshop CS5
- Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers
- Microsoft Office applications
- Call of Duty Series
- Battlefield Series
- Just Cause 2
- GTA IV
The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Gaming Keyboard is much like any keyboard when it comes to normal use. To set it aside from crowd it has the innovative EasyShift[+] function that allows you to as assign a secondary function to every key except the escape key. This is the first mechanical keyboard from ROCCAT and they built a very good keyboard that is hard to improve on. Each key has its own backlight and can be independently controlled via the software utility. The level of customisation could only be increased by adding multicolor LED’s. The T-Keys are harder to actuate than the other keys due to their location and button design but this is the only niggle I have with the Ryos MK Pro.
The large wrist wrest and ergonomics make for comfortable usage when gaming and typing. The integrated USB and audio ports give you a more convenient location to connect your other peripherals and accessories. The Ryos MK Pro Gaming Keyboard is a ROCCAT Talk enabled device which means that users who own a compatible ROCCAT pointing device can take advantage of using the EasyShift[+] function for both devices from one location (keyboard or mouse).
This was my first time using MX brown switches and I was not disappointed in the slightest. MX Brown’s require low activation force and have low level tactile feedback. These characteristics are very easy to notice when switching from MX Red or Black switches since neither of those have any tactile response. Users switching from MX Blue switches will notice that there is slightly less noise from the MX Browns due to the lack of a click.