ROCCAT Pyro RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

ROCCAT recently announced the release of 2 new gaming keyboards simultaneously in May of 2021. An affordably priced membrane keyboard called Magma and a mid-range priced mechanical keyboard called Pyro. Pyro features a newly designed reinforced Aluminum top plate over a sleek all-black mechanical keyboard with a detachable palm rest. It uses TTC’s linear (Red) switches with a 2.0mm actuation point, 45g operating force, and a total travel distance of 4.0mm. While priced significantly cheaper than the flagship Vulcan 122 AMIO model it does retain the ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] and Advanced anti-ghosting technology at a $99.99 price tag.

One of the first things you will notice when you pick up the Pryo is its weight. It is much lighter than traditional steel frame mechanical keyboards. I think this adds value to the quality of the product, but I am not sure if it will have the same effect if you try and defend yourself with it. LOL Remember when mechanical keyboards used to be that heavy? The supporting plastic bottom piece does not attach to the main frame flush. There is an outer frame of plastic that wraps around the front of the keyboard used to attach the palm rest. I am really not a fan of this, if you pick it up with one hand on each side and twist it the main frame does not feel as solid as other keyboards. While this doesn’t affect the performance of the keyboard, I think it does slightly take away from the durability aspect if you were to drop it from a significant distance. However, when it is mounted on your desk it feels just as solid as any other keyboard out there tested up to 50 million keystrokes.

This keyboard is an absolute stunner! Whether you use it with the palm rest or not I just love the look of this product. The black aluminum top plate has a brushed metal finish that looks so dope. The keys are a matte black finish which gives it the “murdered out” look. RGB fans rejoice the Pyro is loaded with lighting equipt with 16.8 million RGB colors per-key illumination. If you are not familiar with the RGB AMIO technology the lighting reacts organically to your PC usage and syncs with other AIMO devices. It is very easy to use the software and has prebuilt settings if you are not into deep RGB customization. You get all the bells and whistles with Pyro including 5 shared media control keys, a gaming profile, and a dedicated volume control wheel. What a stellar design! Anyone would love to have this piece on their desk.

Around the $100 range, you will not be able to get into their higher-end tactile switches as featured on the Vulcan 120 AIMO. Pyro features TTC Linear red switches with a 45g operating force, 2.0mm actuation point, and 4.0mm of total travel. They are not the fastest switches in the world, but they are faster than most. Advanced anti-ghosting technology ensures you never miss a keystroke when pressing multiple keys. My personal favorite feature which is especially good for MMO players is Easy-Shift[+] technology. It acts as an extra shift key allowing you to macro extra functions to it. Reach more keys without extending your hand placement and losing your position on the keyboard. ROCCAT is known for performance products and the Pyro fits the bill. Overall very solid performance at a great price.

Specifications

  • Linear (red) mechanical switches from TTC
  • Volume wheel
  • 5 shared media control keys
  • 50M keystrokes lifetime
  • 1.8m USB cable
  • Gaming Profile
  • Height: 3.60cm
  • Width: 44.70cm
  • Length: 15.20cm
  • Weight: 1100g
  • TTC linear
  • 45g Operating Force
  • 2.0mm actuation point
  • 4.0mm total travel
Summary
Pyro features a newly designed reinforced Aluminum top plate over a sleek all-black mechanical keyboard with a detachable palm rest. The keys are a matte black finish which gives it the “murdered out” look. One of the first things you will notice when you pick up the Pryo is its weight. It is much lighter than traditional steel frame mechanical keyboards. It uses TTC’s linear (Red) switches with a 2.0mm actuation point, 45g operating force, and a total travel distance of 4.0mm. While priced significantly cheaper than the flagship Vulcan 122 AMIO model it does retain the ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] and Advanced anti-ghosting technology at a $99.99 price tag.
Good
  • Enough RGB to satisfy
  • Sleek looking “Murdered out” style
  • Excellent performance for price
Bad
  • Do not like the outer frame design
  • A bit flimsy when you pick it up and twist it
8.2
Great
Quality - 8
Performance - 8
Customization - 8
Design - 9
Price - 8
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