Roccat Ryos TKL Pro Review
Published: 9th April 2015 | Source: Roccat | Price: |
To some degree the Roccat Ryos TKL Pro is a niche product. The numpad is extremely useful in nearly every title around, so if gaming is your thing then you are going to be heavily compromised by the removal of said keys. Of course you can remap them, and the Ryos TKL Pro has the capability to easily do so, but it's something to be aware of. If you're that desperate for desk space that you have to have a TKL keyboard, or perhaps there is a physical reason why you need your hands a little closer together, then there is little choice.
With that rather obvious point out of the way, there is little else to criticise about the Ryos TKL Pro. Certainly if you are stuck with a smaller-than-usual keyboard then this will fulfil almost every other criteria.
It looks the business with an aesthetically pleasing design. The smudge-free coating appears to do its job rather well. We can't tell you the amount of times that we've found ourselves cursing a piano-black keyboard and the Roccat solution is both neat and effective. Although you're limited to only blue lighting, the per-key illumination is bright and and the brightness stages are different enough to be useful. We particularly like the fact you can set a fade time once the key has been activated. This provides the simplest at-a-glance ability cooldown guide we've come across. If the key isn't lit you can hit it again.
When it comes to macros there are the two standard options. You can use the software either to create your own macro or apply one of the multitude that Roccat have created for you. The alternative is live recording. This is something many keyboards offer, but the software makes it simple by providing audio feedback. Hit the function (FN) key and F12 to start the recording process, then just follow the audio prompts. It's a fantastic solution to the sometimes confusing world of live macros.
As far as the raw typing experience goes, the Ryos TKL Pro is as great as every Cherry MX equipped keyboard is. i.e brilliant. The decision to build a wrist rest into the design is great for the average user as you should always raise your wrists whenever possible, but for those of us who type so much we require a gel wrist rest the inability to remove it is problematic.
So, as we said at the start, the Roccat Ryos TKL Pro ticks some very specific boxes, and if those meet your requirements you will be delighted with the build quality and usability of it.
Thanks to Roccat for supplying the Ryos TKL Pro for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D forums.