If there’s anything I’ve learned while PC gaming over the past year, it’s that mechanical keyboards seem to be the be-all and end-all of gaming keyboards. ROCCAT has always had great gaming keyboards, but never anything in the mechanical type and it’s been something fans have been asking for from them. ROCCAT will finally be able to offer hardcore gamers what they’ve been asking for with the release of their new Ryos Series mechanical gaming keyboards.
They will be releasing three Ryos keyboards, each more powerful than the next. The base model Ryos MK is equipped with the popular black Cherry MX key switches, a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor, and 2 MB of flash memory which allows for over 500 macros. Next up is the Ryos MK Glow which features everything the Ryos MK does, but includes full backlighting in the color blue. Lastly, there is the high end model, the Ryos MK Pro. What sets this model apart is that is that it includes an additional ARM Cortex processor which is responsible solely for handling the keyboard’s configurable per-key illumination. What that means is that depending on the game you are playing, you can set individual keys to light up differently from the rest for quicker response times. Not only that, the Ryos MK Pro also has integrated USB 2.0 hub and pass-through audio jacks.
All of that makes for one very impressive series of gaming keyboards. Check out the official press release below for more information. The MK and MK Glow version of the Ryos are now available at US retailers and online stores such as Amazon and Newegg.
Hamburg – October 16, 2013 – US gamers will be the first to get their hands on ROCCAT’s highly acclaimed mechanical gaming keyboard series. In terms of build quality, design and innovation, the German leading manufacturer of professional gaming peripherals sets a new standard with the release of the Ryos series. Three varying models offer popular features like Easy-Shift[+], ROCCAT Talk™, innovative per-key illumination and high quality Cherry MX© key switches, therefore providing the perfect fit for any kind of gamer.
“PC gamers all over the world have been wishing for ROCCAT to come up with a mechanical keyboard – and finally here it is” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. “Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting patiently, you are now able to get the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market”.
The first keyboard in the series is the Ryos MK. The Ryos MK is equipped with the popular black Cherry MX key switches and is aimed at PC gaming purists. Its 32-bit ARM Cortex processor makes it incredibly powerful and responsive. The 2 MB of flash memory allows for over 500 macros to be recorded and stored on board. Three thumbster keys as well as renowned ROCCAT innovations like Easy-Shift[+]™ and ROCCAT Talk™ complete a keyboard perfect for hardcore gamers.
Next in line is the Ryos MK Glow, which features the same technical specifications as the MK while adding full backlighting in the color blue – with a powerful LED underneath each and every key. The illumination level is fully adjustable in the rich driver software that comes with every ROCCAT product. Also equipped with black Cherry MX key switches, the MK Glow is built for gamers who care about both the utmost precision as well as the visual effects of their gaming set-up.
The flagship model of the series is the Ryos MK Pro. It features an additional ARM Cortex processor which is responsible solely for handling the keyboard’s configurable per-key illumination, an impressive and innovative feature that sets it apart from any other mechanical keyboard on the market. “Imagine launching Battlefield 4 and having the keyboard automatically light up all your relevant key bindings – this is what the Ryos MK Pro is able to do for you”, says René Korte. “Configure tons of options in the driver software or code your own jaw-dropping illumination features with the SDK we provide – only your imagination is the limit”. The Ryos MK Pro is also available in four different Cherry MX key switch colors: black, brown, blue and red. This almost makes the integrated USB 2.0 hub and pass-through audio jacks a side note.
Pricing and availability
ROCCAT Ryos MK – 99,99 USD, in stores now
ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow – 139,99 USD, in stores now
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro – 169,99 USD, in stores mid November