Roccat Ryos Keyboard Series Comes to North America

Roccat said on Wednesday that the company's Ryos series of mechanical gaming keyboards is coming to America. This series includes the Ryos MK targeting PC gaming "purists," the Ryos MK Glow that adds a blue backlighting, and the flagship Ryos MK Pro model that includes two ARM Cortex-based SoCs. The Ryos MK and Ryos MK Glow can be purchased now for $99.99 and $139.99, respectively, whereas the Ryos MK Pro will be available in mid-November for $169.99.

"PC gamers all over the world have been wishing for Roccat to come up with a mechanical keyboard – and finally here it is," says René Korte, Roccat founder and CEO. "Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting patiently, you are now able to get the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market."

According to a list of specs, the Ryos MK and Ryos MK Glow appear to be the same save for the latter keyboard's backlighting feature. Both sport a 32-bit ARM Cortex-based processor, 2 MB of flash memory for locally storing over 500 macros, and black Cherry MX key switches. There are eight dedicated macro keys, three thumbster keys, and the company's completely remappable Easy-Shift[+] and Roccat Talk technology. They also have an integrated wrist rest and a smudge proof surface.

"Next in line is the Ryos MK Glow, which features the same technical specifications as the MK while adding full backlighting in the color blue – with a powerful LED underneath each and every key," reads the company's press release. "The illumination level is fully adjustable in the rich driver software that comes with every Roccat product. Also equipped with black Cherry MX key switches, the MK Glow is built for gamers who care about both the utmost precision as well as the visual effects of their gaming set-up."

Naturally, the Pro version is the top of the line, adding to the baseline features of the first two. This keyboard throws in pass-through audio jacks and a USB 2.0 port for handling the audio output and possibly a Roccat mouse. This keyboard also features an additional ARM Cortex-based chip dedicated to the peripheral's per-key illumination. The MK Pro is also available in four different Cherry MX key switch colors: black, brown, blue and red.

"Imagine launching Battlefield 4 and having the keyboard automatically light up all your relevant key bindings – this is what the Ryos MK Pro is able to do for you," adds René Korte. "Configure tons of options in the driver software or code your own jaw-dropping illumination features with the SDK we provide – only your imagination is the limit."

The MK and MK Glow version of the Ryos are now available at U.S. retailers and online stores such as Amazon and Newegg.

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