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ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review

mrwooshoo    -   December 2, 2013
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ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Conclusion:

The Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Mechanical Gaming from ROCCAT was awesome, though it took me till the very end to finally figure that out. I liked nearly every aspect of this keyboard, from the Black key switches, to the blue color scheme, to the slightly overly complicated software. For pure gaming, this keyboard is sublime. The possibilities for customization are awe inspiring. Certain users will dislike the small number of standalone macros, but for those who are adventurous enough, there are more macros than ever before. It does require some extra space because of the solid, integrated wrist rest and extra mysterious width, but that is a total afterthought compared to making games play almost any way you want. Having every key light up and having your very own overly dramatic man voice tell you how to quick record keys is just a bonus.

For the price range there should probably be audio or USB ports, but we can't always get what we want. Now, in the end, this is the opinion of a single person and there are undoubtedly people who will disagree; to them I say “to each their own”. There are tons of keyboards on the market and I hope that there is one out there to meet your needs, and if you have a need for extras the MK Pro has both audio and USB ports as well as a second 32-bit processor that allows for some other goodies. For those who do like the setup of this keyboard, and are only interested in gaming, there is no substitute.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Cherry MX Black mechanical switches
  • Versatile on-board macro mapping
  • Even more versatile mapping can be achieved through the software  
  • 32-bit processor + 2MB memory keeps the recording and profile switching running smooth
  • Thumbster keys for the short fingered
  • Overdramatic man voice
  • Wrist rest has good angle
  • Worth the Cons (my opinion)

Cons:

  • No USB
  • No audio in/out
  • Not very many standalone macros (a problem for some)
  • No separate function keys for media (you could map some to one of the profiles)
  • Price - a pretty penny for little to no extras (probably due to the cost of including a processor)
  • Only comes in blue with MX Black mechanical key switches (the latter can be fixed by upgrading)
  • Software can have a learning curve
     
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  1. ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard: Introduction
  2. ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Closer Look: Continued
  3. ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Closer Look: The Software
  4. ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard: Specifications & Features
  5. ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Testing: Setup & Results
  6. ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Conclusion
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