ROCCAT RYOS MK FX
The Roccat Ryos MK FX is a huge keyboard that is built entirely from matte black plastic, but feels solid and looks great with its micro-dot glossy pattern – it also has one of the thickest braided USB cables we've ever seen. Like Roccat's other Ryos keyboards, the MK FX has a large, un-removable wrist rest, which might be an annoyance to those with limited desk space, but we found it comfortable and well-positioned. The wrist rest itself has three ‘thumbster' buttons that sit just below the spacebar. The positioning of these macro buttons means they can be hit with minimal effort, unlike the macro buttons commonly found on the left side of most gaming keyboards – speaking of which, you get five of those too. At the top-left corner, the Ryos MK FX has headphone and microphone ports. On the bottom, two flip-out rubber feet let you adjust the typing angle.
The MK FX uses Cherry MX Brown switches with standard stems and transparent switches. Unfortunately, there's no option for Red or Blue switches.
The MK FX uses two onboard 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, one to control lighting and one to control macros. You also get 2MB of onboard memory to store all of your configurations, as well as full N-key rollover and anti-ghosting. You'll need to install Roccat's Swarm software to control the lighting. Inside Swarm, you'll find AlienFX, which was created in collaboration with Alienware. AlienFX is one of the most comprehensive lighting software we've seen, with in-depth customizable per-key lighting and a variety of whole keyboard effects. The lighting itself is bright and uniform.
One other feature worth mentioning is Roccat's EasyShift[+] key, which replaces the Caps Lock key. This key lets you assign secondary functions to any other key (including the three thumbster keys and five macro keys), effectively letting you double up the amount of macros and commands you can store. Holding down the EasyShift[+]key while simultaneously hitting another key activates any secondary function you've assigned. If you want the Caps Lock to function normally, you can create a Windows profile for when you're not gaming, or remap Easy-Shift[+] to another key.
The Roccat Ryos MK FX has three 'Thumbster' keys on the wristrest.