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ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Per-Key Illumination Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 3:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Inside the Ryos MK Pro




After opening up the Ryos MK Pro, the Thumbster buttons were the first thing we got into. I really like that they did not opt for membrane switches here, and while they are not mechanical in the truest of senses, the pad style switches do offer a much better feel to them, and is easy to tell they are in use, with an audible click and a bit of force needed to activate them.




As we inspected the PCB for residue, or anything out of the ordinary, we see that they do take their time to clean off the flux, and only random spots around the work has a little remnant of some of the flux, but nowhere near as bad as I have seen on other samples.




The NXPLCP1752FBD80 is a Cortex ARM-3 MCU used with the Ryos. This is the main controller that is 32-bit, can run at 100MHz, is full speed USB 2.0, and also offers some built-in memory for storing Macros and such.




To the top of the NXP controller, there is the WXIC 25L1605E BIOS IC that allows room for the basic programming and functionality of this keyboard. To the right is the LPC1111F Arm Cortex-MO controller. While based on 32-bit architecture, this chip is really designed for 16-bit or 8-bit applications.




Near the top we also find the audio connections, and the PCB is at the left. This seems easily fixable if things were to go wrong, and even has a detachable cable, so removing and fixing this PCB would be no problem at all either.




At the right, near the top, we also find another smaller blue PCB that allows for the USB hub functionality, and it uses the Cypress CY765742 low-power USB 2.0 TetraHub controller to allow for low latencies, and stable connections to the devices plugged into it.




After reassembly, we always like to power things up, and make sure we got everything together correctly. Once we powered the Ryos MK Pro, we found that the M-Keys, The F-Keys, the WASD keys and the arrow keys are all now illuminated with bright blue LEDs. Keep in mind, we could not get images of every lighting function that this is capable of, think of this as just the jumping off point into a bunch of cool ways to illuminate the Ryos MK Pro.

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