Roccat Announces Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Per-Key Lighting

Paul Lilly

Gamers quite literally "see the light" with Roccat's new Ryos MK Pro keyboard.

Of all the products Roccat offers, a mechanical plank was curiously missing. Until now, that is. The German peripheral maker on Friday introduced the Ryos MK Pro , the company's first mechanical keyboard designed for gamers. In addition to mechanical key switches, the Ryos MK Pro features per-key lighting, two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, and 2MB of flash memory. Can we say overkill?

That's apparently not in Roccat's vocabulary. Roccat says the dual-ARM chips help initiate the keyboard's advanced features without sacrificing an ounce of performance, and the 2MB of flash memory allows games to store their custom configurations.

The per-key lighting system can serve as a functional aid or simply as a novelty feature.

"The Ryos MK Pro offers totally customizable, Roccat-engineered per-key illumination in two convenient modes: smart and manual. This means you can add awesome special effects to your keystrokes, configure your keyboard to highlight your in-game and application key bindings, your modifier keys, your macro sequences and cool downs, your system controls, and much, much more," Roccat explains . "The included software development kit ensures that only your imagination is the limit."

Perhaps the neatest thing about Roccat's mechanical plank is you have your choice of four different Cherry MX key switches , including Blue, Black, Brown, or Red. These have a direct impact on how the keyboard sounds and feels. If you crave tactile and audible feedback, for example, Cherry MX Blue switches have your name written all over them, whereas Cherry MX Red are best suited for gamers who want a quiet plank.

The Ryos MK Pro will be available in the first quarter of this year. No word yet on price.

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