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ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Review

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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

23.4 cm X 50.8 cm



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.


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


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.

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

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lem18 1 Aug, 2014
Quoting: Xpander
Quoting: lem18Holding down backslash: \
Holding down backslash and typing roccat: \r\\o\\c\\c\\a\\t\\

Linux has issues with USB NKRO keyboards in general, but this Roccat Ryos seems not to have the issues that the others do.
holding it down and typing roccat brings me: \roccat

if i hold it down it does repeat, but when its held down and i press other keys it stops repeating and wont return anymore unless i release and press again
I think we have a winner. Thanks for the feedback!

This suggests that other NKRO keyboards might have bugs in their firmware, or are designed around Windows' HID drivers, or both..
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