ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Testing and Final Thoughts

Article Index
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Features and Specifications
Installation and Software
Testing and Final Thoughts

Testing:

When it comes to testing a keyboard, there really isn’t much more you can do other than use it, and I did. I used this keyboard constantly over the last month and after I figured out how to setup LED macros on one tab and then assign them to a macro key on the other tab, I was in business. The keyboard I received has Cherry MX Blue switches and this is my first keyboard that has these switches. I’ve used Cherry MX Red in the past and I enjoyed those, and I can’t say that I notice too much difference in the overall feel with these switches.

For gaming a solid, clean, decisive key-press is great, but when it comes to touch-typing for BCCHardware, I have been using a ThinkPad keyboard; or another membrane, low-travel keyboard for quite a while so it did take some getting used to when switching to this keyboard for everything. It does have a great feel though and I am a huge fan of the overall feel, weight and stability that having a keyboard that weighs more than a Macbook Pro offers. 

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I was able to do a fair bit of gaming on this keyboard as well. I played a few different games including some first person shooters (I still like CoD: Black Ops) as well as Titanfall. I had a few macros set up for these and it all worked very well. I then switched over to League of Legends and set up timers for my big cool down spells as well as for the dragon and a few other bits. This helped a rookie like me keep track of in-game action when I was busy trying to dodge enemy ultimate weapons and stay alive.

 

The “T1-T3” keys are in a wonderful position below the space bar and are within thumbs reach and work well in game. I also assigned a couple of macros for my windows profile to paste in a bunch of code for when editing reviews. This keyboard really has a lot to offer for everyone.

 

 

 

Conclusion:

KeyboardAt the end of the day, the Ryos MK Pro has some extra processing power built-in to run the lighting effects, and throws in a couple of USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks for keeping all of your cables in one place. Is it a worthy step up from the Ryos MK Glow? I honestly don’t think so and would rather save my extra money for another accessory or I could even buy a new game for the price difference. True, the MK Pro is a little flashier, but for most serious gamers, their eyes are on the screen rather than their keyboard during a match.

The MK Pro is all about looks and it combines great looks with great quality and a lot of functionality. It is a fantastic keyboard for sure, but I can’t help but think that most people would be completely content with the quality and performance that is the MK Glow. The only real reason I see for buying the Ryos MK Pro over the MK Glow is the fact that you can choose different switch options for your keys.

This is a solid product that definitely deserves more than a cursory glance if you are in the market for an absolutely fantastic gaming keyboard. While it does have more options that you’ll probably use, I do believe that this is the best keyboard I’ve ever used. If anyone has a keyboard that can rival the Ryos MK Pro in terms of flash, substance, quality and performance, I’ve yet to see it.

Pros:
  • Easy to clean
  • Amazing hotkey and macro setup options
  • Simple, clean and easy to use software
  • Won’t slide around on your desk
  • Can be used as a weapon as it is so heavy
  • Lighting effects may be gimmicky, but they are very cool

 

 

Cons:

  • Loud keypresses
  • A fair bit more expensive that the MK Glow for extra lighting/switch options.

 

I’d like to thank ROCCAT for sending the MK Pro our way for a review. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback regarding this review, please head on over and post it at the link below.