ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Reviewmrwooshoo -
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ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Introduction:
ROCCAT has always been successful in the gaming industry with the trusty mice and keyboards it turns out. In this day and age however, there are tons of companies releasing multiple variations of mechanical keyboards, and ROCCAT wanted to get involved, too. It wanted to compete with companies that have been producing mechanical keyboards for years; how was ROCCAT going to handle this challenging situation? By bursting onto the scene with the MK line. The most recent of these is the Ryos MK Glow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. It is one of three mechanical gaming keyboards in ROCCAT's Ryos arsenal and falls in the middle, between the Ryos MK and the Ryos MK Pro.
The MK is almost identical to the MK Glow, with the only difference being the lack of "Glow". The MK Pro, however, has a media hub with two USB 2.0 ports, audio input and output, a second 32-bit ARM Cortex processor, and comes with your choice of mechanical keyswitches. The MK Glow and the MK both come standard with Cherry MX Black. All three are ROCCAT's entries into the mechanical keyboard market. ROCCAT has some fairly interesting and, hopefully, refreshing ideas on macro key setup involving the Easy-Shift[+] key. This little key has the potential to open up the whole keyboard for mapping macros, but I will cover that later. So far, this keyboard shows a lot of promise. Let's see if it lives up to my expectations.
ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Closer Look:
The box that the MK Glow comes in is actually rather simple in design, but rather cluttered in content (features, features, features!!!). The front has a black and blue color scheme with a little bit of chrome thrown in, and no real significant designs (like I said, simple). The main focuses of the front are the slightly scaled down replica of of the keyboard from a top down view and the model of the keyboard in the top left corner accompanied by the ROCCAT insignia. Other than that, there are a ton of features listed on the front of the box. Too many, in my opinion, and some of them are even repeated in multiple locations. The features on the front of the box are in two locations: in the top right corner and from top to bottom on the left hand side. Features mentioned on the left are the: Powerful 100+ LED Key-Illumination, Extreme Customization Fully Re-Mappable, N-Key Rollover for Advanced Anti-Ghosting, Complete with Industry-Leading Cherry Switches, and Record and Store on Board over 500+ Macros, (In smaller chrome and white print) Advanced ROCCAT Driver Macro Presets for Games & Apps, and ROCCAT Achievements Display Tracking Your Gaming Skills.
Just below this, running across the bottom left, are four other pieces of information: ROCCAT Talk, Featuring R.A.D., [MMO Approved], and [FPS Approved]. The features listed on top right of the box are: three Thumbster Extra Keys, six Brightness levels, Anit-Ghosting Capability, 1000Hz Polling Rate, ROCCAT EasyShift[+], and ROCCAT Talk Set Bonus. Additionally there are little markers on the picture of the keyboard listing some of the physical features such as: Media & Hotkeys, 1.8M Cable, Micro-Dotted Anit-Smudge Surface, five Macro Keys, Thumbster Keys, and Extra-Large Ergonomic Wrist Rest.
Before I forget, the bottom right corner of the box is dedicated to the Black (medium) Cherry MX Key Switches. What I learned after taking in all of the listed features on the front of the box was that ROCCAT's box designers are very fond of hyphens and love to dish out tons of information. I mentioned repetition earlier and what I was referring to was the: ROCCAT Talk, Thumbster Keys, and the Anti-Ghosting. I think listing each feature is okay, a little exhaustive, but okay. However, I think just once is enough.
The back of the box goes on to list all of the features, again, as well as a few additions, like the 32-bit ARM cortex processor with 2MB flash memory... wait, what? (Honestly, that should have been on the front!) Anyway, to return to my previous train of thought, the back of the box also lists the technical specifications, the system requirements, and the contents. There isn’t much on the sides at all, just shots of the keyboard at different angles.
After opening the box you will find... another box. This one is completely unadorned and black with the ROCCAT insignia on the center. Opening this box shows off the keyboard itself behind an acrylic shell; underneath which is the quick installation guide. I am also making a note of the slight bit of damage on the lower part of the box, though I am unsure if this was caused by packing or shipping. Finally, we get to the main attraction.