Two minute review
From the moment we unpacked the Roccat Pyro RGB gaming keyboard, we felt good. While it is made of the same plastic housing as the Roccat Magma (Link), the Pyro immediately differs through a gunmetal finish under the buttons. This gives the Pyro a much sleeker, professional look and feel.
The Pyro impresses right away with its remarkably clean and sharp RGB functionality. The effect contrasts beautifully with the sleek black finish of the keyboard and its keys. We prefer the RGB here as opposed to the Magma, where the effect was a bit overwhelming thanks to the translucent base.
Unsurprisingly, the Pyro’s RGB is fully customizable. There are a number of options to choose from, and you can choose your desired brightness and speed. However, some of these additional options feel a bit tricky, and we found the traditional rainbow wave option to be the most pleasing to the eye.
The chic RGB is just the beginning, however. How does the keyboard work? In short, fantastically good. The Roccat Pyro is remarkably satisfactory to type. The tactile and clicking feedback from this mechanical keyboard never gets old. Typing long pieces of content on the Pyro is a joy, so it’s easy to recommend to writers and writers of all stripes.
The price of the Roccat Pyro may be a bit high for some, but we think it’s fair for what you get with this excellent keyboard. At £ 89.99 (about $ 130 / AU $ 170), the Pyro is almost twice as expensive as the Roccat Magma, but much cheaper than the tenkeyless Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro (link).
The Pyro is somewhere in the middle in terms of build quality and functionality. But that doesn’t mean Roccat sold the Pyro short. While the Vulcan excels with this beautiful premium finish, the typing experience on the Pyro is comparable. This makes the mechanical keyboard a great choice if you are looking for something near premium quality without breaking your rainy day glass.
The Pyro’s snappy, responsive buttons are also perfect for gaming purposes. Thanks to its 2.0 mm actuation point, each key springs back effortlessly after being pressed and offers almost no resistance for optimal play. This is a particularly important feature for competitive play, for example in Twitch shooters like Overwatch and Call of Duty: Warzone.
As a keyboard with linear mechanical switches, the Pyro’s noise profile is rather loud. Depending on the living situation, this could be an area where quieter keyboards like the Roccat Magma are superior to the Pyro. The sound is particularly clumsy when you press the space bar. Hence, the Pyro could get on anybody’s nerves you live with, which is definitely something to keep in mind as you are weighing your options right now.
While the Pyro is certainly an excellent choice for the first-time mechanical keyboard buyer, it understandably lacks some of the quality of life features that other more expensive options have to offer. For one, WASD keys aren’t curved, structured, or differentiated in any way. This could prove to be a problem in highly competitive situations, especially if you are new to the environment. It’s by no means a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind, especially if you don’t plan on buying specialty keys separately
The Roccat Pyro has a few other quality features that are worth mentioning. There is a handy volume control in the upper right corner of the keyboard, which is objectively nice to have. It’s a bit too close to the numeric keypad keys for our taste – the thumb inevitably brushes the minus key when adjusting the volume – but that’s easy to get used to after prolonged use.
In all honesty, we almost wish the number pad wasn’t there. It adds a significant amount to the pyro, thereby increasing the footprint on your desk. It lacks the compact form factor of more bespoke keyboards without keys. On the flip side, there is something to be said for the multipurpose nature of the pyro. It’s a great gaming keyboard, but the number pad can of course be useful for work purposes.
However, the Roccat Pyro is a quick reminder that it is primarily a gaming keyboard. Similar to other Roccat keyboards, the Pyro has an integrated game mode that can be switched on or off at any time. The Game Mode option can prevent unintentional shortcuts from being activated while you are playing games.
For example, Caps Lock is converted to an easy-shift feature by default, which prevents you from accidentally typing all capital letters, which could be a problem in communication-intensive games like MMORPGs, real-time strategies, and shooters. Easy-Shift can also unlock a variety of shortcuts for keys in the WASD area, making it a surprisingly robust gaming feature.
Buy it when …
You want a mechanical keyboard
It’s hard to beat the Roccat Pyro as an entry-level mechanical gaming keyboard, especially at its relatively affordable price.
You want to know what this RGB excitement is about
The Pyro’s RGB functionality is just stunning and perfectly complements the stark black finish of the keyboard.
You’re not quite ready to pay in three digits
There are more expensive mechanical keyboards with additional features that can’t be found on the Roccat Pyro, but the Pyro’s simplicity and affordability are solid reasons to buy.
Don’t buy it if …
You want something more robust
As mentioned earlier, if you are looking for the most complete, feature-packed mechanical keyboard, you won’t find it on the Pyro. In that case, you should look elsewhere.
You have a tighter budget
While the Pyro isn’t very expensive, it still comes at a price that might be too high for some, especially if you’re a first-time buyer.
You don’t have a lot of space to work
The pyro is a bit bulky. If you’re struggling for desk space or want to keep a lower profile, a more compact keyboard with no ten keys might be a better option here.
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