ROCCAT Pyro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 25, 2021 at 10:52 am
ROCCAT Pyro Picture
8.9
Gaming
3.0
Mobile/Tablet
7.9
Office
7.7
Programming
5.4
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The ROCCAT Pyro keyboard is excellent for gaming, especially considering its price point. It has low latency, media hotkeys, and customizable RGB backlighting. You can set macros through the ROCCAT Swarm software but can only set them to the alphanumerical keys on the left of the board, including 5, T, G, and B. It has an Easy-Shift[+] function, which lets you unlock a second layer of macros to these same keys for as long as you hold it. While the other keys can't have macros, you can still remap the keys. The linear TTC Red switches it comes with feel very light and responsive, although the pre-travel distance is longer than some other linear switches. Unfortunately, while it feels well-built, its plastic chassis exhibits some flex. Also, it uses ABS keycaps, which feel slippery and are prone to develop shine from finger oils.

Our Verdict

8.9 Gaming

The ROCCAT Pyro is excellent for gaming. It has low latency, RGB backlighting, a Game Mode, and an Easy-Shift[+] function. You can set macros, but you can only set them on the alphanumerical keys on the left, including 5, T, G, and B. The linear TTC Red switches feel very light and responsive, although the pre-travel distance is a little higher than on some other linear switches. It has a straight, flat profile with a detachable plastic wrist rest and one incline setting, and it feels well built despite some flex.

Pros
  • Low latency.
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
  • Good build quality.
  • Lots of customizations available through software.
Cons
  • Only a certain set of keys are macro-programmable.
3.0 Mobile/Tablet

The ROCCAT Pyro is a wired board and isn't for use with a mobile device or tablet.

7.9 Office

The ROCCAT Pyro is good for office use. The linear TTC Red switches are very light and quiet, so they shouldn't bother anyone around you in an office. The board feels well-built, but the ABS keycaps feel slippery. It has one incline setting and comes with a detachable plastic wrist rest.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Lots of customizations available through software.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
7.7 Programming

The ROCCAT Pyro is good for programming. The TTC Red switches feel very light and responsive and help provide a great typing experience. It has RGB backlighting, and you can set macros, but you can only set them on the alphanumerical keys on the left, including 5, T, G, and B. It feels well-built, but there's only one incline setting, and the wrist rest isn't plushy. Unfortunately, you can't use it wirelessly, and you can't pair it with other devices simultaneously.

Pros
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
  • Good build quality.
  • Lots of customizations available through software.
Cons
  • Only a certain set of keys are macro-programmable.
  • Wired-only.
5.4 Entertainment / HTPC

The ROCCAT Pyro is inadequate for a home theater setup. It's a wired board, so you need to have a cable running from the board to the computer. Also, since it doesn't have a built-in trackpad, you need a mouse to navigate the interface. On the bright side, it has backlighting, media hotkeys, and a volume control wheel.

Pros
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
  • Good build quality.
  • Lots of customizations available through software.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No built-in trackpad.
  • 8.9 Gaming
  • 3.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.9 Office
  • 7.7 Programming
  • 5.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Jun 25, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 21, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.5 cm)
Width 17.6" (44.6 cm)
Depth
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
8.9" (22.5 cm)
Weight
1.99 lbs (0.901 kg)
7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The ROCCAT Pyro feels well-built, but there are a few shortcomings due to its price point. It has a plastic chassis with some flex, but the brushed aluminum base plate helps give a bit more rigidity. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel smooth, but they're also slippery and may eventually develop shine from finger oils. The keys feel stable with very little wobble, and the larger keys also actuate evenly. There are six large rubber pads on the underside that keep it from slipping on your desk, and the incline feet also have rubber edges that help keep the board in place.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
2.5°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest Detachable

The ROCCAT Pyro keyboard has good ergonomics. It's a straight and flat board that has a fairly low profile and one incline setting. It comes with a plastic detachable wrist rest that has a horizontal lined texture to it. While the wrist rest isn't very plushy, it does add some comfort to the typing experience.

9.9
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Good
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

It has customizable RGB backlighting with individually lit keys. It's good at color mixing, though there's a slight blue tint between keys when the lighting is set to white. However, this tint might be caused by the light's reflection on the grey, brushed aluminum base plate.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

It has a standard rubber cord that isn't detachable.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

The ROCCAT Pyro has a few extra features, like media hotkeys and a volume control knob. You can activate Game Mode by pressing FN+Scroll Lock, which disables the Windows key, so you don't accidentally minimize your game. You can set macros to the alphanumerical keys on the left, including 5, T, G, and B, which are activated only when in Game Mode. Also, there's an Easy-Shift[+] function that lets you unlock a second layer of macros to these same keys for as long as you hold it. The keys to the right of these Easy-Shift[+] keys can't have macros set to them, but you can remap the keys by using the ROCCAT Swarm software.

Design
In The Box

  • ROCCAT Pyro keyboard
  • Wrist rest
  • Quick Start Guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Linear (red) TTC
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
43 gf
Actuation Force
45 gf
Pre-Travel
2.2 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

The ROCCAT Pyro has linear TTC Red switches, which feel very light and fairly responsive, although the pre-travel distance is longer than some other linear switches. The board is only available with these linear switches.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The ROCCAT Pyro provides a great typing experience. The keys feel stable with only a bit of wobble, but it shouldn't be too noticeable while typing. The linear TTC Red switches feel very light and responsive, with no audible or tactile feedback. Thanks to the standard shape and spacing of the keys, you shouldn't feel much fatigue while typing on this board.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The ROCCAT Pyro is quiet and shouldn't bother those around you.

8.6
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
6.6 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The ROCCAT Pyro has very low latency and should feel responsive enough for most gamers.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name ROCCAT Swarm
Account Required
No
Profiles
5
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Okay
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The ROCCAT Swarm software offers many customization options, including saving up to five profiles, remapping key assignments, customizing the RGB, and setting character repeats. It also allows you to program keypress sounds, and you can choose from a list of presets or use your own audio file. You can set macros for specific games and applications, but you can only set them to the alphanumerical keys on the left, including 5, T, G, and B. Like the ROCCAT Vulcan TKL and the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO, it features the AIMO lighting engine, which reacts to your behavior and makes changes based on your setup, the apps you use, and other ROCCAT devices you connect.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The ROCCAT Pyro is fully compatible with Windows. The Pause/Break, Scroll Lock, Print Screen, Fn, and Menu keys don't work in macOS, and NumLock registers as Clear and Insert as Help. Unfortunately, there's no software for either macOS or Linux, but all of the keys work in Linux.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ROCCAT Pyro keyboard is only available in black and with linear TTC Red switches. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The ROCCAT Pyro is an excellent gaming keyboard, especially considering its price point. It provides similar performance to many other gaming models, offering customizable RGB backlighting, low latency, and macro-programmable keys. However, you can only set macros to certain keys instead of any key like on most higher-end models. Also, the build quality is lacking due to its ABS keycaps and plastic chassis that exhibits some flex.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best mechanical keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and, if you're on a budget, the best cheap mechanical keyboards.

ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO and the ROCCAT Pyro are very similar full-size gaming keyboards, but the Pyro has slightly lower latency. Otherwise, both boards have an Easy-Shift[+] function, which lets you set a second layer of macros to certain keys for as long as you hold it. Each comes with a removable plastic wrist rest and one incline setting.

ROCCAT Vulcan Pro

The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro and the ROCCAT Pyro are similar wired gaming keyboards, but the Vulcan Pro has a significantly lower latency. The Vulcan Pro is available with proprietary Titan Linear optical switches, while the Pyro has linear TTC Red switches. Both have an Easy-Shift[+] function, which lets you set a second layer of macros to the alphanumerical keys on the left side of the board for as long as you hold it.

ROCCAT Magma

The ROCCAT Magma and the ROCCAT Pyro are similar wired gaming boards, but the Pyro is a mechanical board while the Magma isn't. The Pyro has a dedicated volume knob and comes with linear TTC Red switches. On the other hand, the Magma has rubber dome switches, and it has a semi-transparent base plate that lets RGB light through. Both boards have very low latency. You can set macros to the alphanumerical keys on the left side of each board. Also, both have an Easy-Shift[+] function that lets you set a second layer of macros to certain keys for as long as you hold it.

SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the ROCCAT Pyro are wired full-size gaming boards with customizable RGB backlighting. The SteelSeries has a dedicated media button, and all of its keys are macro-programmable. It also has an OLED screen that you can set to display almost anything. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has much lower latency than the SteelSeries. While the ROCCAT can also have macros, you can only set them on certain keys.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the ROCCAT Pyro are wired gaming keyboards, but the Razer has a much lower latency. Otherwise, the Razer is a better choice if you like compact boards that give you more room on your desk to move your mouse. All of its keys are macro-programmable, it has PBT keycaps, and it's available with Razer Clicky Optical or Razer Linear Optical switches. On the other hand, the ROCCAT is a better choice if you prefer a full-size board that comes with a wrist rest and a volume control knob. It's available with linear TTC Red switches, and you can set two macro layers to the alphanumerical key on the left side of the board.

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 is a 65% compact wireless office board, while the ROCCAT Pyro is a full-size wired gaming keyboard. The ROCCAT has an included wrist rest, a volume control knob, a Windows Key lock button. Also, you can set macros to all the alphanumerical keys on the left side of the board, and its latency is much lower than the Keychron's. However, the ROCCAT is only available with linear TTC Red switches. On the other hand, the Keychron is available with Gateron Red, Blue, and Brown switches. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to three devices at once.

Logitech G513

The Logitech G513 and the ROCCAT Pyro are wired gaming keyboards, but the Logitech has significantly lower latency. Also, the Logitech G HUB software is easier to use and is available on macOS. The Logitech is available with Romer-G Red, Blue, or Brown switches. On the other hand, the Pyro has onboard memory, but the ROCCAT Swarm software is only available on Windows. The ROCCAT is available with linear TTC Red switches.

Razer BlackWidow

The Razer BlackWidow and the ROCCAT Pyro are both full-size gaming keyboards, but all of the keys on the Razer are macro-programmable. Also, the Razer has lower latency, and its customization software is easier to use and lets you create and save more profiles. On the other hand, the ROCCAT comes with a removable wrist rest, and it has a volume control wheel.

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