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ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Review
Posted , 27 April 2014 at 2:54 pm UTC / 10310 views
Its a time to give my personal review about my new keyboard.
ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow - a Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with good open source Linux driver support.

Lets start with Technical Specs:
  • Illuminated mechanical keyboard with 113 keys
  • Advanced antighosting with N-key rollover
  • Cherry MX key switches
  • 3 programmable thumbster keys (T1 – T3)
  • 5 programmable macro keys (M1 – M5)
  • 94 other programmable keys
  • 1000hz polling rate, 1 ms response time
  • 1.8m cable and integrated cable channel

Dimensions
23.4 cm X 50.8 cm

Price
~139€

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Look and Feel:
Plugging in the keyboard brings out the beautiful blue LED lighting on the ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow. It is super bright however. So you better start tuning your settings from the ROCCAT tools software to adjust it.
With regards to ergonomics, the ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow is arguably one of the best i have ever used. The wrist rest remains comfortably below my palms despite being pretty big on size. All the buttons are nicely in reach, specially those 3 thumb buttons below spacebar. 5 Macro buttons from the left side of the keyboard might need some hand misplacement, for some people, to reach them, but I have pretty flexible pinky (small) finger.The keys themselves are also very comfortable in use, with a soft touch finish that provides enough grip.

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Software:
Big Thanks to Stefan Achatz who provides Linux tools for your ROCCAT devices.
Configuration tools are pretty solid and seem to have all the necessary features available by hardware.

List of software features.
  • Macro Management
  • Profile/Settings Notifications (visual and/or audio)
  • Firmware Updater
  • Timers
  • Brightness/Dimness configuration for LED
  • Game files/Scripts support

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Gaming:
Gaming with this device is making you smile, countless ways to bind your keys. Macros/Scripts to make your gaming absolutely enjoyable with quick access to your spell rotations, easy chat functions, etc.
Keyboard Buttons also feel good under your fingers when pressed, giving you nice feedback and the response time seems to be better than many regular keyboards.

Rating:
I would give it 9/10
1 point lost due high price and somewhat noisy buttons

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Anonymous commented on 27 April 2014 at 3:11 pm UTC

I only buy cheap KB, mines always got watered...

I only buy cheap KB, mines always got watered...:'(
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jdub commented on 27 April 2014 at 3:13 pm UTC

I'm still using my beloved Saitek Cyborg from 2008...gotta love the color changing keys =)

I'm still using my beloved Saitek Cyborg from 2008...gotta love the color changing keys =)
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Half-Shot commented on 27 April 2014 at 3:33 pm UTC

Quotesomewhat noisy buttons
Ahem, isn't that the point of Cherry MX switches. So you can hear the music of your fingers tapping out gaming poetry?

MOT:
Really really want one now because it has chery MX switches AND Linux support. Will be my next keyboard.

[quote]somewhat noisy buttons[/quote] Ahem, isn't that the point of Cherry MX switches. So you can hear the music of your fingers tapping out gaming poetry? MOT: Really really want one now because it has chery MX switches AND Linux support. Will be my next keyboard.
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Xpander commented on 27 April 2014 at 3:50 pm UTC

jdubI'm still using my beloved Saitek Cyborg from 2008...gotta love the color changing keys =)

if im not wrong the PRO version has per key color change options..
its just about 40€ more expensive though

[quote=jdub]I'm still using my beloved Saitek Cyborg from 2008...gotta love the color changing keys =)[/quote] if im not wrong the PRO version has per key color change options.. its just about 40€ more expensive though
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DrMcCoy commented on 27 April 2014 at 4:02 pm UTC

Exactly which Cherry MX keys are there? There are different ones, color-coded.

Me, I'm still a big fan of the buckling spring in the IBM Model M, but the green Cherry MX keys are a close second. And yes, the noise is a feature, not a bug.

Exactly [i]which[/i] Cherry MX keys are there? There are [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_MX#Cherry_switches]different ones, color-coded[/url]. Me, I'm still a big fan of the buckling spring in the IBM Model M, but the green Cherry MX keys are a close second. And yes, the noise is a feature, not a bug. :)
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Xpander commented on 27 April 2014 at 4:03 pm UTC

Cherry MX black

Cherry MX black
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WorMzy commented on 27 April 2014 at 4:10 pm UTC
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Can you confirm whether the keys are interchangable? I.e. could I move them about into a different layout (Dvorak)? I emailed Roccat about it, who said this is the case (although the model I was enquiring about had a curved surface, so the keys weren't a standard height), but it'd be nice to hear it first hand from an owner.

Can you confirm whether the keys are interchangable? I.e. could I move them about into a different layout (Dvorak)? I emailed Roccat about it, who said this is the case (although the model I was enquiring about had a curved surface, so the keys weren't a standard height), but it'd be nice to hear it first hand from an owner.
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Half-Shot commented on 27 April 2014 at 4:17 pm UTC

jdubI'm still using my beloved Saitek Cyborg from 2008...gotta love the color changing keys =)
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Here she is, my oldest component . Must be about 2008 I bought her as well.

[quote=jdub]I'm still using my beloved Saitek Cyborg from 2008...gotta love the color changing keys =)[/quote] [img]https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Z_lQ8JOzisw/U10s6E7HWlI/AAAAAAAACFE/04KE9skBD6o/w1104-h828-no/IMG_20140427_171414.jpg[/img] Here she is, my oldest component :). Must be about 2008 I bought her as well.
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Xpander commented on 27 April 2014 at 4:17 pm UTC

WorMzyCan you confirm whether the keys are interchangable? I.e. could I move them about into a different layout (Dvorak)? I emailed Roccat about it, who said this is the case (although the model I was enquiring about had a curved surface, so the keys weren't a standard height), but it'd be nice to hear it first hand from an owner.

i know i can do it from software (linux), but i dont really get what you really wanted to hear about it?
i never used dvorak layout myself

general layouts are here:
http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/ROCCAT-Ryos-MK-Glow/#crb_4

edit:
ahh i get it what you mean... moving keys/buttons physicaly?

that yo u can do, but buttons have different angles from the top, so it might feel weird under the fingers if you changed their locations

edit2: ohh no.. buttons itself are all same.. their placement is with an angle .. so it should be safe to move them around

[quote=WorMzy]Can you confirm whether the keys are interchangable? I.e. could I move them about into a different layout (Dvorak)? I emailed Roccat about it, who said this is the case (although the model I was enquiring about had a curved surface, so the keys weren't a standard height), but it'd be nice to hear it first hand from an owner.[/quote] i know i can do it from software (linux), but i dont really get what you really wanted to hear about it? i never used dvorak layout myself general layouts are here: http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/ROCCAT-Ryos-MK-Glow/#crb_4 edit: ahh i get it what you mean... moving keys/buttons physicaly? that yo u can do, but buttons have different angles from the top, so it might feel weird under the fingers if you changed their locations edit2: ohh no.. buttons itself are all same.. their placement is with an angle .. so it should be safe to move them around
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