Today we’re looking at Roccat’s tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, the TKL. “Why tenkeyless”, you may ask, “Isn’t that less real estate for macros?” you may ask. Well, technically yes, but it also is ergonomically a LOT better for you, especially if you are gaming all the time – it brings the mouse that much closer to center, which means better shoulder position, which means less stress on the back. It’s also plain smaller, and if you have a small surface to game on, every inch counts. Personally, I’m way too attached to my numpad to give it up permanently, but to each their own.
If you have read any of my other reviews, you know how I feel about backlighting, and luckily we do have backlit keys on the base TKL, unfortunately we don’t get RGB, but no fear, Roccat has announced a TKL Pro FX that WILL feature RGB lighting. We’ll let you know how that turns out if we are able to get our hands on one.
Aside from that, the Ryos TKL Pro is very similar to previous Ryos models. It features the same Cherry MX switches, the same “Easy Shift[+]” button that gets rid of that pesky caps lock key and transforms every other key on the board into two keys (love this feature), on board memory for macro storage, and another Roccat specific feature called Roccat Talk, that allows key combinations across devices, so yeah, you aren’t running out of macros even if you’re playing StarCraft professionally.
While Roccat didn’t really re-invent the wheel here (they have before!), they did make a variation on an already pretty awesome product. The simple fact is, the base Ryos is a fantastic keyboard. All of the other iterations of the Ryos are catering to individual gaming styles, preferences, and price points – which is a very good thing.
Model: Ryos TKL Pro
Price at time of review: $120
Review sample provided by the manufacturer.
Build Quality - 9
Features - 8
While Roccat didn't really re-invent the wheel here (they have before!), they did make a variation on an already pretty awesome product.
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