The market of mechanical keyboards has been on the rise for practically a decade, with an ever-growing variety of merchandise and the gross sales volumes to match. The excessive margins triggered the diversification of many identified firms to incorporate mechanical keyboards into their merchandise portfolio, in addition to the founding of many new firms, be it both as daughter firms of established producers or as totally new startups. Most of those new firms failed to succeed in a world presence, primarily as a result of lack of assets and manufacturing capabilities.
Established producers, nonetheless, took benefit of the rising market and diversified outdoors of their area’s borders. One in all these firms was Redragon, a Chinese language producer of PC gaming peripherals. Though the model was unknown outdoors of Asia till not too long ago, Redragon has been round since 1996. Additionally they are one of many largest gaming peripherals producers on the planet, with over 1.000 staff.
In right this moment’s evaluation, we’re taking an in depth have a look at one in all Redragon’s hottest mechanical keyboards: the Devarajas K556 RGB gaming keyboard. Designed by the corporate to be a jack-of-all-trades gaming keyboard, the K556 boasts high efficiency, full programmability, RGB lighting, and a really aggressive retail value. With its title roughly translating as “god king”, we positively hope that the product will stay as much as it.
Packaging and Bundle
We obtained the Devarajas K556 RGB in a comparatively sturdy cardboard field with a carrying deal with. The art work on the field relies on a colourful rendering of the keyboard itself. Contained in the field, the keyboard is protected solely by a nylon bag, with the partitions of the field being nearly the one layer of transport safety.
Contained in the field, we discovered a consumer’s handbook, a vinyl sticker, a plastic keycap puller, and a metallic change puller. One can, in principle, change the switches of the keyboard with out dismantling it, both for mixing-&-matching completely different switches or for changing a nasty change.
The Redragon Devarajas K556 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
The core design of the Devarajas K556 is just like that of many different minimalistic mechanical keyboards, apart from Redragon including a number of options to aesthetically improve the keyboard. It has a metallic high and facet plates, with chamfered and polished edges, and a plastic backside body. The highest plate acts as a help for the mechanical switches, with the keys “floating” over it. Redragon’s emblem may be seen on a metallic badge proper above the arrow keys.
We obtained the US structure model of the Devarajas K556 RGB. The corporate absolutely adhered to the 104 key ANSI structure, with the only general deviation being the substitute of the best OS key with an Fn key that enables for extra keystroke features. Most are easy multimedia features, however there’s a rudimentary macro recording characteristic out there, permitting for the on-the-fly programming of primary keystroke macros. It has a 6.25× Spacebar and 7 1.25× backside row keys.
Redragon is utilizing a futuristic font on the keycaps, which have each the first and the secondary characters printed in direction of their high edge. Additionally they painted the edges of the keycaps shiny black, making them partially reflective.
The underside facet may be very easy and plain. There are two massive anti-skid pads close to the underside of the keyboard and two smaller pads surrounding the lean adjustment toes encompass. The toes are small contemplating the burden of the keyboard and can simply fold if the keyboard is compelled backwards. Furthermore, when the keyboard’s toes are open, the entrance anti-skid pads barely make any contact with the floor, that means that the entrance metallic a part of the keyboard is what truly touches the desk – which isn’t wholesome for desks manufactured from softer supplies, corresponding to actual wooden. A sticker with the keyboard’s primary information and serial quantity is current on the heart.
Beneath the keycaps of the Devarajas K556 RGB, we discover Redragon’s dust-proof Brown switches, that are made by OUTEMU. OUTEMU is a Chinese language producer that successfully copies Cherry’s merchandise, that means that the OUTEMU brown switches are an virtually direct copy of Cherry’s tactile MX Brown change. OUTEMU can be utilizing clear plastic for the change housing, very like what Cherry does with their RGB change variants. Redragon additionally copies Cherry’s cross-type helps for the bigger keys, although most keyboards that include OUTEMU switches stick to the traditional bar helps.
The RGB lighting of the Devarajas K556 RGB is crisp and effectively utilized. The fundamental colours are vivid and clear, with minimal backlight bleeding across the keys. Redragon’s shiny keycaps, nonetheless, replicate among the LED lights and it’s not a nice visible impact, particularly when seen from facet angles and never from the consumer’s viewpoint.
After taking the keyboard aside, we’re left with a inexperienced PCB and its metallic help plate. The meeting job is clear and we will see Redragon making use of clear lacquer over the important elements of the meeting, in all probability to reinforce their resilience towards moisture and acids.
The guts of the Devarajas K556 RGB keyboard is branded as an eVision VS11K09A-1 – which, nonetheless, truly is a keyboard mannequin quantity from one other Chinese language OEM. The precise producer of the MCU is Sonix and the MCU itself in all probability is the SN32F248B. This MCU may be very fashionable amongst Asian designers and producers. It contains a 48 MHz 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 CPU, 8KB of RAM, and 64KB of Flash ROM, which typically are typically sufficient for a gaming keyboard.