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Roccat Ryos MK FX Review

Roccat Ryos MK FX Review

Over the past couple of years Roccat have been refining their high end keyboard, the Ryos. Initially launching a few models the features and design were industry leading with demand from enthusiast gamers particularly high. The most recent addition to the family is the MK FX model, packed with features such as dual ARM processors and per key RGB lighting it certainly seems impressive on paper, so lets take a look. Welcome to our Roccat Ryos MK FX Review.

Roccat Ryos MK FX Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The Ryos MK FX arrives in a fairly large box which outlines many of the key features while also giving us a nice clear view of the product design. Inside the keyboard is surrounded by cardboard, covered by a plastic protective layer and beneath that a few of the higher gloss areas have peel of protective strips.

Bundled with the board is the product documentation and a set of stickers. Our software and  drivers are downloaded from the Roccat site.

Roccat Ryos MK FX Review – The Keyboard

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The MK FX is shown above and as is immediately obvious it is a full size board. The wrist rest area which has a matt finish is not removable and overall the dimensions of the product are Width 50.8 cm , Height 4.4 cm , Length 23.4 cm with a weight of 1600 g.

There are glossy areas on the board, mixed with a textured finish to prevent fingerprints and on the top left corner we find our 3.5mm audio passthrough. Five function buttons can be found down the left side of the board and each of our F keys has a secondary function for the likes of play, pause etc.

As the name of the product suggests, the keys used here are mechanical, Cherry MX brown to be exact, and they are all backlit with 16.8 colours available. Anti-Ghosting is also present, 30keys plus the modifier keys.

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Beneath the space bar Roccat have added an additional three extra buttons and as with pretty much every Roccat input device this is a board which supports EasyShift[+]. This feature allows us to assign a second function to any key, doubling the options available to us. All of this is controlled by dual ARM CPUs and 2MB of storage onboard.

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Flipping over the board we find five rubber feet which keep the board steady on our desk, two legs allow us to adjust the angle and various tracks let us route our cables easily. Speaking of cables, the MK FX uses dual USB and if needed, those 3.5mm audio connectors. All sit at the end of a 1.8m braided cable. 1000Hz is the rating for our polling rate, the board has a 1ms response time, finally you can see an example of the LED effects in the videos below.

Roccat Ryos MK FX Review – Software

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Roccats software suite is SWARM and it allows us to control many of their products all in one place…in addition, interacting with Alienware kit if we have some. As well as controlling key features such as lighting, macros and key assignment it also allows us to keep our firmware up to date, all in a few clicks.

Roccat Ryos MK FX Review – Conclusion

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Overall the build quality of the Ryos MK FX is very good. The chassis is all plastic but it feels chunky, solid and made to a high standard. Cherry MX keys (brown, click-less in this case) are of course the preferred choice of most consumers so its great to see them here and we like the little touches such as headphone ports, extra keys and cable routing. That said, given the board needs two USB ports, a single USB pass through of some sort would have been appreciated.

As far as the software goes, we’ve been fans of the Swarm application for some time now although it does need a bit of work by Roccat to make it scale better on 4k displays. It is great to be able to control multiple devices (including Alienware support) from the same panel and the software is both intuitive and responsive. Roccat firmware updates have always been issue free for us and the move into providing a mobile app helps keep the company at the leading edge of the peripherals market.

The range of LED effects is also very good on this board, allowing us to create or import a wide range of custom settings which can look very impressive… or provide useful visual feedback on our key presses. The board is also lovely to type on and we noted no problems with responsiveness or input delay.

Summary: A feature packed mechanical keyboard which is built to a high standard and offers some excellent software and LED effects.

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Stuart Davidson

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