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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





In the main control tab we are given quite a bit to deal with. First, we look into how the Caps Lock key will work, as it can be set to be the Easy-Shift key, the ROCCAT Talk key, or you can set it to what is it supposed to do by name. You may also swap which key to use as the Function key, and you also have the ability to disable five keys on the keyboard at any time. The last bit on the left allows you to control the repeat rate and delay of the keys.


To the right, they offer a slider for the LED illumination intensity, and below you can set the idle state. So, after a set amount of time, there are eight options of what the keyboard will do after that time has expired. The last bits cover the sound feedback for certain things, and just how loud that will be, along with a driver reset button for when things go bad. At the bottom of all the tabs, you will also see the five profiles that you can make all of these settings work with.




The key assignment tab does exactly what you think it would; it allows you to reassign keys to what you need them for. The image to the right allows one to click on any key, and it will show at the left. You can change not only its default function, but you can also assign the Easy-Shift function as well. At the bottom right corner, you will locate the Macro manager button that opens another window to allow you to record the macro, name it, with use of delays, repeatability, and you even can say how many times to repeat the command on a scale of 1 to 255 as well.




The key illumination is where things get really interesting. The layer illumination will let you set the lighting differently for the normal use, Macro use, and Easy-Shift use, and to show each obviously as functioning at that time of use. Below that, you can pick any key on the board and make it stay on, turn it off, or make it blink while the others do as they are told at the right. There are also effects to be used like fade and ripple effects.


It also offers a delay on how long the effect lasts after hitting a key. To the right, you can use automatic settings, manual settings, or dive into the LED Macro manager that allows you to take lighting schemes to individual Macros. At the bottom are boxes you can check to turn on and off certain blocks of lights, and you can even make the keyboard show volume levels, and allow for the Macro lighting.




You can see we tested this keyboard for quite a while messing with LED options and getting a few reviews written with it so far, and this is what R.A.D. is for. It will count the total key strokes, stats on specific ones, and will also offer trophies for achievements as you use the Ryos MK Pro for longer than we have so far.




The Update and Support page not only shows what versions of firmware and software we are currently running, but it also will provide you with one click links to where you can obtain newer versions of the wares. The right then offers three ways to address issues, or where to discuss your love of the product via the support page link, the forums link, and even an email request link.

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