The Ryos MK is the lowest tier of ROCCAT’s Ryos mechanical keyboard series, and thus the most affordable. That being said, it is a fantastic keyboard for the money. ROCCAT excels at making quality gaming peripherals that are still affordable to the average gamer. In the case of the Ryos series, the MK retains most of the functionality of the more expensive models, while cutting out some of the bells and whistles like USB hubs and led lighting.
The MK is a solid keyboard, weighing in just over 3lbs. It is very durable – however, because the MK cut out backlit keys, it is likely that the lettering on the keys will wear off with extended use. It is very comfortable, thanks to the built in wrist rest – which, in my opinion, every keyboard should have.
The Ryos MK comes standard with Cherry MX switches (Black and Red). The model I received was fit with Black switches, which is my preference. Personally I love having that extra resistance, as I find it eliminates accidental key presses almost entirely. Either way, both black and red switches are linear (no tactile feedback), and work perfectly for gaming. One thing to keep in mind is that black switches require significantly more pressure than red switches, and while this means the keys will spring back into place more quickly, it also means fatigue will come into the picture much earlier than it will with red switches.
The Ryos MK features the Easy Shift[+] button, which we are familiar with from our previous ROCCAT reviews. I’m glad to see this feature appear on the Ryos, as it opens up a wide range of possibilities for keybinds – I don’t think I will be running out of macro real estate any time soon. The Easy Shift[+] button is well within reach, replacing the Caps Lock button that none of us ever used to begin with (on purpose at least). Speaking of macro keys, The Ryos has 5 programmable macro keys along the left side of the keyboard, which is a perfect spot for them, within easy reach from the WASD position. As if we didnt have enough programmable buttons, the Ryos MK also features 3 “Thumbster” buttons, just below the space bar, that are also extremely easy to reach from the standard WASD position. ROCCAT absolutely designed this keyboard with efficiency in mind.
My one qualm with the Ryos MK is the lack of dedicated media buttons, specifically volume and mute. By default they are set to Fn + F1-F8, which is a bit of a stretch in the heat of battle. They can easily be remapped to something a little more friendly, but the lack of dedicated media buttons was a bit of a let down.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the Ryos. It is one of the better boards I have used in its price range – I can’t wait to see what other surprises ROCCAT has for us in the future.
Model: Ryos MK
Price at time of review: $99
Review sample provided by the manufacturer.