Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Upon sitting with ROCCAT many years ago at CES, we knew instantly that this was a company we needed to keep a close eye on. Within five minutes of looking at slides and being shown a few of their products, we had to keep reminding ourselves to pick up our chin, as not to drool all over the desk at which we were sitting. The products were on full display, and we were seeing some unique things which other manufacturers were blatantly overlooking. Once they showed us the software and the changes available in their products, we were astonished, not only to see this new way of thinking about peripherals, but also in the fact that nobody had ever tried this before, and shockingly, nobody but ROCCAT is doing it now.
It was there that we first laid eyes on the ROCCAT Ryos keyboard, their original mechanical keyboard to boast so many functions it would make your head spin. However, as time has progressed, we have seen a few versions of this keyboard come out. There was the Ryos Pro, and Ryos MK, which both added their flavor and feature upgrades to a very successful line of keyboards, and it seems that ROCCAT has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. As new technologies arise, and the market demand for such features is high enough, ROCCAT comes up with a brilliant way to implement it into this series of keyboards, and with mostly positive feedback from previous Ryos mechanical keyboard owners, they all come highly recommended.
The latest evolution of this series is the Ryos MK FX mechanical gaming keyboard we are showing off today. Along with the EasyShift system, which doubles the keyboard layout, ROCCAT Talk, which allows like branded components to share the workload between them, Swarm software delivering the utmost in customization, the Ryos FX still has more to offer. The major selling point of this design is one, the switch type used in this model, as each model does vary on switch type used. There is also per key illumination ability, and even the use of ROCCAT FX, if you do not mind tinkering around with an open source SDK to allow games to offer illuminated information under your hands. Your friends have likely been bragging about their Ryos, and if there was a time to jump on the bandwagon, now is it, as the Ryos MK FX from ROCCAT is the best of the lineup.
Borrowing the specifications from the ROCCAT product page, we see the list starts by covering common features that the Ryos MK FX delivers. The 109 key layout is backed with RGB LEDs, and via software can be adjusted on a per key basis. There is advanced anti-ghosting which covers up to 30 keys at once and NKRO support. There are three programmable Thumbster keys, five Macro keys, and 94 of the keys can be programmed for EasyShift. The polling rate is set to 1000Hz by default with 1ms response time. There are 1.8 meters of braided cable which includes a pair of 3.5mm jacks for the audio pass-through. Also in this design, there is not just one ARM Cortex processor in control over the keyboard, with the Ryos MK FX, there are two 32-bit processors used in this design. We also see, since there is a ton of things you can program and store on this keyboard, 2MB of onboard memory is included.
Physically, the keyboard is 508mm wide, 44mm tall, and 234mm from side to side, and weighing in at a hefty 1600 grams. Aside from the white painted steel plate, the entire construction is made of plastic. Various textures are used on different sections of the Ryos, and while some are engineered to add grip, others are designed with fingerprint reduction in mind as well. Any currently supported Windows operating system will have no issues running this keyboard, and outside of that, you will need two open USB 2.0 ports, 3.5mm jacks for sound, and an internet connection to obtain the software.
When it comes to the Ryos MK FX, you have one choice of switches, using Cherry MX Brown switches, and one price found across the board. At the time of writing, the Ryos MK FX is listed at $149.99 no matter where you decided to click on the "add to cart button," and realistically, is quite affordable for what this keyboard delivers. There are a few other keyboards on the market which come close to what the Ryos MK FX offers, and while you can remap keys on most, dual functionality across the keyboard is something you will only find here. Then again, so are a lot of the ROCCAT exclusive features which the Ryos MK FX delivers.
So, while you may be able to locate more affordable mechanical keyboards, only the Ryos MK FX from ROCCAT is this well-equipped, and for what you will get, the pricing is almost too cheap for such a device.
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