Gaming Keyboard Final Thoughts
There are many positive attributes to share about the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The ability to customize it is in the forefront of this conversation. Having the ability to assign a secondary function to just about every key on the keyboard is extremely beneficial no matter if you are gaming or if you are trying to complete some office-related tasks. Both the Easy-Shift[+] and FN keys make this level of customization possible. Just to push the customization conversation a bit further, the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro has on-the-fly macro recording as well. Then there are five profiles that can be programmed, there are virtually limitless lighting configurations, the ROCCAT Talk feature, etc… this is one impressive keyboard.
As good as the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro has performed in testing and as solidly constructed as it appears and feels, there are some areas of improvement for this device. One of the first items that I noticed that really didn’t suit my tastes was the “thumbster” keys. My suggestion would be to make them more like a traditional keyboard key rather than a flat, hard to locate button that requires more force than necessary to actuate. Another feature that could be implemented/improved is to have USB 3.0 pass-through ports rather than the USB 2.0 ports. Finally, the feet for height adjustment should do more than merely perform an inconsequential angle shift. This very minor criticism does not detract from the fact that this is a fantastic keyboard.
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Conclusion
The purpose of this section is to present to you the final analysis of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This analysis is separated into categories, which include appearance, performance, construction, functionality, and value. As stated earlier in the testing methodology section, these results are based on my experiences while using the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro for a relatively brief period of time. These results, being subjective in nature, should be used as a reference and not as a recommendation.
The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard almost has an armor-esque shape to it. It looks tough, and the black matte finish, which covers the majority of the surface, is the right choice. There is some subtle glossy-black trim around the perimeter of the main keyboard area. Contained within this trim is more black matte finish with tiny glossy polka-dots in a row and column pattern.
The black Cherry MX keys are fantastic example of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro’s overall performance of the past few weeks. These keys are outstanding for gaming and exceptional for typing. As mentioned earlier, I prefer blue Cherry MX keys for typing, but the blacks perform just as well. Nothing left me wanting for more from a standpoint of performance.
As tough as the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro looks, it is build even tougher. It is, without a doubt, the most solidly constructed mechanical gaming keyboard that I have ever personally put my hands on. And, my opinion of its construction is not based on its weight. It is on the heavy side, but when you pick it up and shake it, you know that it is a beast and you forget that it is constructed of mainly plastic. Nothing shakes, nothing rattles, nothing rolls. It is obvious that it will withstand years of use.
Functionality is off the charts. The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has endless customization options for both key assignments and backlighting. Even though the lighting only comes in blue, the individualized lighting feature makes up for it. And when it comes to customizing your keyboard to do your bidding while gaming or while utilizing it to perform more conventional tasks, the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro is second to none. The Easy-Shift[+] function allows you to create a second profile for each and every key. Also, if paired with a compatible ROCCAT mouse, the ROCCAT Talk feature is fantastic. Finally, my only complaint in this area is the “thumbster” keys. I am all for keys beneath the space bar; just don’t make them so hard to find or difficult to actuate.
My overall assessment of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is that its pros far outweigh its cons and it is likely a substantial upgrade to what you are currently using. It looks tough, it is tough, its customization options are ridiculous, and it can play nice with your mouse.
As of August 2014, the sticker price for the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was $169.99 (Amazon | Newegg). You can pay plenty more for a mechanical gaming keyboard and receive less. It’s hard to deem a keyboard a value at that price point, but I think I’ll make an exception for the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro.
+ customization options are all-time great (Easy-Shift[+] & FN key)
+ ROCCAT Talk feature
+ extremely well-built/solid device
+ looks as tough as it actually is
+ black Cherry MX switches
+ dual purpose dynamo (gaming and performing tasks)
+ backlighting options, individualized
+ pass-through ports, both USB and headphone/mic
– “thumbster” keys could use improvement
– pass-through ports should be USB 3.0
– feet barely change angle/stance
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: What is your preference when it comes to the Cherry MX keys?