While definitely not the Glow or Pro version, the Ryos MK, even without LED backlighting, for the most part, still was able to impress. We found the Cherry MX black switches slightly better than the browns as we like high activation pressure, but we do miss the audible click. Speaking of the switches, that is where we found the only issue in this design. For some reason, when the caps on the left side of the keyboard are allowed to freely spring up, they did make the steel plate inside ring a bit, and that can get annoying hearing the "ting" as you click along.
Aside from that small inconvenience, once we had the software installed, we realized that your imagination is going to run dry before you have time to reprogram five Macro buttons and 94 second layer buttons across five profiles; the amount of control offered here is almost inconceivable. Since I did really like the lighting features of the Ryos MK Pro, it was missed, but we find ourselves not looking at it enough to really enjoy it anyways.
The design might be a little out of bounds for some potential buyers in the office or gamers who have smaller desks, but the design has a lot of cool features incorporated to even take on those markets a bit. The smudge proof sections around the keys along with the ring of very shiny plastic gives this keyboard a bit of sleek elegance, and even with the large ROCCAT name and logo on the wrist rest, having it built-in and offering the rubber pads and feet will give any user a very ergonomically correct keyboard to use all day, every day.
Also, with the lack of backlights being replaced by a painted steel plate for a bit of pop to the design, there isn't that super bright blue LED that tends to mess with your eyes and takes a lot of keyboards out of more respectable users' hands. The Ryos MK is a great mix of looks for any environment with functionality to do anything you want without ever having to touch the screen or the mouse for anything shy of gaming control, but even here things usually associated as mouse only commands can be dropped into any key and used there instead.
We also like that the pricing along the series really does reflect the options that are delivered in each level of the Ryos MK keyboards. While we did lose the vast control of the LEDs, as well as all but three backlights on the keyboard, we are still offered full software functionality at a level we expect to see from ROCCAT. There are not many offerings out there on the market that will give you the sheer depth of software and amount of ways to make the keyboard more useful to the user on a daily basis than what ROCCAT delivers in a keyboard.
Of course, you can find a backlit mechanical keyboard for under $100, but you are not getting anything near what ROCCAT delivered in functionality beyond Macros and basic functionality. Even being what most would call the economy model, or the Vanilla version, the ROCCAT Ryos MK is solid; the switches fit our style, and for this price, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the average competition in what it can do to make your life at the PC easier.
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United States: The ROCCAT Ryos MK Advanced retails for $99.99 at Amazon.
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