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ROCCAT Ryos MK Advanced Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 5:17 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Inside the Ryos MK

 

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With the Ryos MK now fully gutted, we have a look at the frame. The top section is very flexible but incorporates various clips and tabs to lock into the bottom. The bottom section is much more rigid and uses a combination of standoffs and raised strips of plastic to sandwich the PCB and steel plate between them.

 

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Tearing apart a keyboard is never advised for the end-user because of things like the super short ribbon cable that attaches the PCB containing the LEDs and stiff black pad switches that needed removing from under the Thumbster buttons.

 

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The PCB is not the cleanest finished product we have ever seen. While the solder points are precise and done well, you can see there is little done to remove the flux residue. While you will never see this, and it won't cause any issue, it seems they took the time to clean the Ryos MK Pro PCB but not these; that's a bit odd.

 

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The 32-bit ARM Cortex M-3 MCU used in the Ryos MK is this NXP LPC1755FBD80. This is the workhorse for the software functionality, the N-Key rollover support, and communication with the PC and is more than ready for these tasks.

 

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When we took a closer look at the steel plate, we did find that they had removed the paint here to correctly ground out the steel plate to the rest of the keyboard. We also found that this isn't just painted, but it also has a matte clear coating applied on top of the color, making scratching or damaging the color a tough thing to accomplish.

 

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After a bit of reassembly and plugging in the USB connection, we now have the ROCCAT Ryos MK in all of her glory. The Thumbster buttons are backlit with blue LEDs, and the field is left in darkness. We still have the software to go over, something that takes ROCCAT keyboards beyond what many other keyboards will do at this price range.

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