Testing & Results
When it comes to testing a gaming peripheral, such as a mechanical gaming keyboard, the results are pretty much based on the review’s subjectivity. Another reviewer may have a different opinion of the same keyboard. In the case of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, the same reviewer could come up with varying results between a Ryos MK Pro with black Cherry MX keys to a Ryos MK Pro with blue Cherry MX keys. The point is, there are many different variables to consider in a peripheral review and there is nothing that can truly be quantified.
In order to test the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro, I used it for approximately three weeks for not only gaming purposes, but it was also employed to perform a number of other functions, such as the creation of the review you are reading. I played a number of different games and game types, including Battlefield 4, Company of Heroes, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Wargame. The other garden-variety tasks performed included the use of Microsoft Office products including Outlook and Word, Adobe Photoshop, Google Chrome, and Skype.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
- System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
- Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
- Audio: ASUS XONAR DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card
- Video: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
- Optical Drive: Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
- PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27″) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24″)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
The best place to start in terms of sharing the results of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard’s review is… where else? Gaming of course! First, the feel of the keyboard is fantastic while gaming. As I mentioned earlier, I am a big fan of the black Cherry MX keys, especially for gaming. Also, the weight of the keyboard combined with the anti-slip rubber pads on the bottom ensured that the keyboard would remain stable and in place during the most intensive gaming sessions. I would be remiss if I did not mention the Easy-Shift[+] functionality of this keyboard. Having the ability to assign a secondary function to a key makes life much easier whether you are playing a FPS or a MMO. Even thought it is a little odd initially to use the caps lock key as a primary key, once you get the hang of it, it is hard to do without. Considering that you can set up the lighting to completely black out when you hit the Easy-Shift[+] key, the adjustment to using it is made even easier.
Using the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro for everyday tasks was also a pleasure. Going back to the black Cherry MX keys; they are very good for typical typing, but I prefer the tactile response of a blue for this purpose. This is just a personal preference. Again, the black keys perform well and feel very good. Also, the Easy-Shift[+] feature can come in handy in the task performing capacity as well. Opening this, cutting and pasting that… you can assign keys to do pretty much whatever you want, which makes life much easier and certainly has the potential to greatly increase your efficiency.
The overall verdict of the testing of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro was that it passed with flying colors. This is one solid, high-performing keyboard that has plenty of bells and whistles to make your gaming and professional lives much easier. And, from a customization standpoint, you could spend hours setting up both the macros and the lighting in order to have the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro perfectly individualized for you.