On the most basic of levels, the Ryos is a fully functional mechanical keyboard that anyone would enjoy gaming or typing on. I also like the fact that there are options for the switches as well; this means that if you are not a fan of the Cherry MX browns and their slightly tactile feel and 45 grams of force needed to actuate them, you have options for softer, more silent switches, or you can go to something like the blues that are stronger and slightly louder audible click in the keys travel. As I go to check the R.A.D. count, we are now at near 147,000 keystrokes, and in that time, the Ryos has been a real pleasure to use, and I know going back to cherry MX greens is going to feel like a workout now. With this in mind, as just a mechanical keyboard, the pricing is only a bit on the expensive side; but wait, there is more, much more.
ROCCAT has always been a leader in software for their products, and are definitely on top when it comes to the depth of features that they offer. The Ryos MK Pro offers all of the favorites we saw in their rubber dome offerings, like Easy-Shift, ROCCAT Talk, Thumbster buttons, Macros, Profiles, and the list goes on and on. With Easy-Shift we almost have two keyboards worth of keys to use at once; ROCCAT Talk allows us to take a ROCCAT mouse and swap functionality of the two, like putting the space bar as the right click of the mouse, or adding the left click of the mouse to any key of the board that fits your needs. Whatever the case may be for your writing and gaming needs, the Ryos MK Pro shines brightly above all the rest.
The sad thing is that we haven't even covered the lighting yet. While at first when I saw this at CES I was very intrigued to say the least, over time I started to think of it as almost a gimmick. However, in the time I have used this keyboard, I find myself always playing around with the lighting effect, and tinkering around in the Macro managers, just to see what I am able to do with the LEDs on this board. While I could see eventually staying with long term settings for my usage, I can also see showing this off to anyone who steps in the office, as I know it will likely blow their mind.
For those of you who still believe that mechanical keyboards are just some marketing mumbo-jumbo, and there are no benefits, consider the fact that we at TweakTown type our butts off, and take to any advantage we can get. I have converted a few of the team to mechanicals, and they say there is no way they will ever go back to rubber dome offerings, and it just can't be marketing or a placebo effect that makes us all get the advantages of what they have to offer.
Even if you are already a fan of mechanical keyboards, where the Ryos MK Pro is placed, not only do you get a solid mechanical keyboard, but the software is the key here, and it allows for things that we never even though possible before. So, either way, as a beginner, or an enthusiast, you cannot deny that this is the most feature rich design on the market today, and if you are going to spend large for a mechanical keyboard, it is really hard to consider other options when the Ryos MK Pro so heavily dominates the game currently.
PRICING: You can find the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails for $169.99 at Amazon.