Roccat has launched a new mechanical keyboard specifically designed for pro players who take part in eSports competitions. The peripheral goes by the name of Ryos TKL Pro and features a tenkeyless design, which means that it lacks the number pad you usually see on regular mechanical keyboards. This rather unusual design choice comes with some benefits as the keyboard is lighter and narrower than most other keyboards. Needless to say, this makes it perfect for eSports players who travel a lot to various competitions and carry their gear with them.
Roccat says that the Ryos TKL Pro is certain to optimize the play of anyone who uses it. The company also adds that all the members of their professional League of Legends team as well as their Starcraft 2 pro player Ko “HyuN” Seok Hyun all use this keyboard. “I’m in it to win it, so you’ll never see us put gear in our eSports team’s hands that don’t give them an edge,” said Roccat CEO and founder, René Korte. “Team ROCCAT uses the Ryos TKL in competition because it optimizes their play. They have to demonstrate the talent, we have to provide the quality tested gear to help them show that talent. From HyuN to our League of Legends Jungler Jankos and the rest of our amazing team, the Ryos TKL gives them that tool, and now our fans can have it too.“
Although the keyboard was developed for professional eSports athletes, anyone who is serious about gaming can purchase it. The Ryos TKL Pro features Cherry MX Key switches, individual backlit keys, Roccat Talk functionality and 470 programmable macro keys. Its specifications also include 2 MB of flash memory, two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, a total of 91 programmable keys as well as an integrated wrist rest, among others. There’s plenty more features here and they’re all included in this $139.99 mechanical keyboard that’s now available for purchase from various online retailers around the world. “The Ryos TKL Pro looks good, it feels really great to play on, and supports all of my needs when I’m training, and definitely in competition,” Starcraft 2 legend HyuN himself says. “If you’re an eSports gamer like me or just love playing with an amazing keyboard, the TKL Pro is awesome.“
HyuN is currently the world’s second best Starcraft 2 player right behind Bomber based on his WCS 2014 points, but many actually consider him to be the best overall. The Korean Zerg has qualified in the SC2 World Championship Series 2014 Global Finals and will face off in his first match against Korean Terran INnoVation this Saturday, November 1st.