Gaming Keyboard Final Thoughts
EasyShift[+] is such a great idea and it has been really well implemented on the Ryos MK Pro keyboard. Every key but the Escape key can have a primary and secondary function assigned to them and they are only a modifier click away. This is made one step better when you pair the Ryos MK Pro keyboard with the a compatible mouse using ROCCAT Talk, I have the EasyShift[+] keys on both devices set to control either device and it really opens up the possibilities of configurations to a whole new level. The limit really is your imagination and memory span. Add to this that you can have five profiles on each device and you can now start to realise the amount of possible configurations that are literally only a few clicks away. The best case scenario from this team up of peripherals is for an RTS gamer, in this category a lot is dependent on Actions Per Minute and I think the combo will really excel here.
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Conclusion
The Ryos MK Pro performed flawlessly throughout testing. The setup utility makes assigning functions to keys and playing with illumination more difficult than it needs to be, but it is not too much of a hardship. The MX Brown switches feel great and have got me doubting the superiority of MX Black keys.
There is no doubt that the Ryos MK Pro is a great looking keyboard. Like any other peripheral that gets a lot of use it’s looks will need to be maintained with a good clean now and then. The Blue illumination is very intense at the highest setting and looks almost ultraviolet at the lowest setting.
The Ryos MK Pro is extremely well built and is big and heavy. The construction is mainly plastic but it feels very sturdy all the same. The use of MX keys means that the Ryos MK Pro will last well into the future
I really wanted to give the Ryos MK Pro a 10 for functionality and would have done so still if it were not for the few nuances within the configuration software. Other keyboard manufacturers implement configuration functions at the hardware level so users can change them on the fly but the Ryos MK Pro must be configured from the setup utility. EasyShift[+] and ROCCAT Talk make for a highly configurable device and integrated USB and Audio ports make connecting your other peripherals and accessories more convenient.
The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a top of the line keyboard not just for ROCCAT but for the entire segment of the market. Even with this said I still think the $169.99 (Amazon | NewEgg) price tag is a hard pill to swallow. The overall rating will suffer as the individual price rating will bring the average down.
The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is an awesome bit of kit and would be a worthy addition to anyone’s gaming arsenal. The level of customization and functionality are outweighed by the high price. This means that the Ryos MK Pro narrowly misses out on the Benchmark Reviews gold award, and must instead settle for silver.
+ All keys can have primary and secondary function re-mapped (except Escape key)
+ Individual backlit key control and LED brightness control
+ Cherry MX Brown Switches
+ Integrated wrist rest
+ Integrated USB and audio ports
+ Easy Shift[+] and ROCCAT Talk allow for multiple key configurations
+ Dedicated Macro and Thumbster keys
+ Great durable construction
+ Great for Gaming and Typing
– Very heavy keyboard
– Expensive enthusiast solution
– Rubber feet don’t grip as well as I would like
– Height adjustment doesn’t make enough difference to keyboard angle
– Blue is your only color option
Final Score: 8.90 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: Mechanical keyboards are well established now. Are you using one yet?