ROCCAT RYOS MK PRO
Roccat has gone all out for its first mechanical gaming keyboard, the Ryos MK Pro, which utilizes two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, has full N-key rollover, per-key illumination, eight macro keys and comes in your choice of Cherry MX Black, Red, Blue or Brown switches. Looks-wise, the MK Pro has an interesting matte black finish with a glossy micro-dot pattern that helps repel fingerprints and smudges. A large, sloping wrist rest is built in and provides a decent amount of comfort and support, second only to Steelseries’ 7G rest. Like most of our other keyboards, the MK Pro also includes a small connectivity hub, with two USB 2.0 ports located on the right side, and a microphone and headphone port located on the left.
The MK Pro is the only keyboard in this shootout to offer per-key backlighting. This unique feature lets every single key be individually customized and configured to light up or deactivate, making it easy to highlight your modifier keys, in-game and application key bindings, and even cooldowns and macro conditions. 2MB of memory saves all of your settings onboard so that, even if you switch computers, your settings will still be there.
The MK Pro isn’t lacking for macro keys either. Along the left side you’ll find five dedicated macro buttons, as well as three more ‘thumbster’ macro buttons conveniently located under the space bar. Macro recording can be done on the fly and can also be saved in onboard memory. Like many of Roccat’s gaming mice, the MK Pro also features an Easy Shift+ key, which is essentially just another modifier key to work with - MMO gamers with lots of keybinds should find the extra modifier particularly useful, as it’s much easier to hit than Left Alt. By default, the Easy Shift modifier is set to the caps lock key, although it can be toggled off or reconfigured.
The only negative we can fault the MK Pro with, is that the Windows key remains precariously positioned on the left side. While it is possible to disable it through software, we would have preferred a dedicated Windows lock key.
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Backlighting on the MK Pro can be configured on a perkey basis.
The MK Pro has three ‘thumbster’ macro keys under the space bar.