Redragon Vara K551 LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Black)
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- 104 key mechanical gaming keyboard with custom mechanical switches(cherry blue equivalent) designed for longevity with greater durability and responsiveness; Fast mechanical keys with medium resistance, precise actuation, audible click sound, and tactile bump feedback
- Led backlit mechanical gaming keyboard, the red led illuminated keyboard comes with double-shot injection molded keycaps offering crystal clear uniform backlighting and lettering that doesn't scratch off
- The pc gaming keyboard is constructed of aluminium and abs with plate-mounted mechanical keys and switches that stand up to tough gaming conditions
- All 104 mechanical gaming keyboards keys are conflict free (n-key rollover) for ultimate gaming performance; Featuring 12 multimedia keys, non-slip ergonomic, splash-proof design; Comes with full numeric keypad and a gold-plated corrosion free usb connector for a reliable connection
- The Redragon asura is one tough mechanical gaming keyboard; Perfect for whatever battle you might face in the virtual world
- PC gaming keyboard compatibility: windows 10, windows 8, windows 7, windows vista, or windows up, limited mac os keyboard support
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The Redragon K551 RED LED Backlit Keyboard offers the perfect blend of features, functionality durability and comfort at a fantastic value for any serious gamer. The Redragon K551 isn't your average mechanical gaming keyboard. Not only is it a great choice for entering the World of Mechanical Keyboards, it also is over-engineered and built to take a beating, it is loaded with features aircraft grade aluminium and ABS construction, plate mounted keys, double-shot injection moulded keycaps, high-end switches with mechanical ultra-last springs, crisp and bright adjustable RED LED backlighting, a gold-plated USB connector for a reliable connection, and a splash-resistant design. The Industrial Design of the Redragon K551 Mechanical Keyboard is not just nice to look at, it also has great ergonomics and a space saving design. No matter how long you type or how intense your gaming marathons are, you are always comfortable.
From the manufacturer
Play Brilliantly with the Perfect Keystroke Design
- Ultra-durable keys tested to 50 million keystrokes
- Actuation Force: 50gf +/- 5gf
- Keystroke Travel: 2.0mm +/- 0.3mm
The Redragon K551 Mechanical Keyboard has Plate mounted keys! This high-quality build technique integrates a metal plate between the switches and the PCB. This process makes for a rigid and sturdy keyboard platform that is built to last.
The Custom mechanical switches Outemu (Cherry Blue equivalent) are designed for longevity with greater durability and responsiveness. The Mechanical Keys offer medium resistance, audible click sound, and crisp, precise tactile feedback for ultimate Gaming performance.
RED LED BACKLIT KEYBOARD
The Redragon K551 keyboard comes with RED LED backlighting for all 104 keys and 10 user adjustable brightness levels. The Double-shot injection moulded keycaps offer crystal clear uniform backlighting and lettering that doesn't scratch off.
Furthermore, the keyboard features:
- Full Size keyboard with 104 standard keys, full numeric keypad
- Sturdy Keyboard Base made off Aircraft-grade Aluminium
- All 104 keys are 100% conflict free, anti-ghosting
- Windows key lockout option.
- 12 Dual action Multimedia and “F” keys
- WIN key can be disabled for gaming
Non-Slip Ergonomic and Spill-Resistant Design
The Redragon K551 Mechanical Gaming keyboard comes with Non-Slip adjustable rear feet for the perfect typing angle and a gold-plated corrosion free USB connector for a reliable connection.
The Keyboard is built to withstand the average liquid spill.
Perfect Keystroke Design
Keycap Puller Tool is included in case you need to clean the keyboard after long term use or simply want to switch out the caps to add a personal touch
Great for BOTH - OFFICE WORK and GAMING
The keyboard is not only good for gaming. It has been designed to be a superb typing tool for office work as well. You’ll love the feel and keystroke accuracy, which leads to fewer errors and typos.
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I have been using the Corsair k95 rgb with cherry mx red for about 18months, and i had some issues with the leds, its gone for an exchange, now i thoughg lets try these cheap options by the time it returns, n see whats the diff bet a 16k and a 4k keyboard offering supposedly, the same features. so heres my list of whats there and what u r missing on by not buying an expensive alternative:
1. The mechanical BLUE switches are really good with nice feedback, they are not cherry but are good quality none the less.
2. The build quality is good, yes it is. 4k for such a build is great. Metalplate board with plastic sorrounding is same as a CM storm mechanical board.
3. RGB Elements are great, inbuilt themes are nyc and you can download the siftware as well to customize.
4.Macros are somewhat available u can customize from the software availble from the website mentioned in the manual.
Now what u r missing out by not buying a more expensive mech keyboard;
1. the keys are a bit wavy at times, can woble( u will not observe this unless u have worked with a corsair keyboard, even razor has same issues with keys)
2.No dedicated media keys, u need to press fuction n then f1 f2 and so on for media playback.
3. The lack of proper software support, u can customize but u cant save the profiles on the keyboard, so u have to keep the software open for the customization to show on the keyboard and if u close the soft or restart the changes are also gone.
I can pinpoint more but honestly this is one really nyc piece of hardware and you wont regret it SPECIALLY IF U R MOVING FROM A MEMBRANE ONE.
To all the gamers PLEASE SWITCH TO MECHANICAL KEYBOARDS, U WILL NOT REGRET IT!
Which is supposed to be 65 mg pressure.
I find this too heavy to press for every day work and gaming.
Pl;ease go for Cherry blues, I can tell the difference I tested a cherry Blue after buying this, that was my mistake.
Now, after using this for about a month, I've come to notice that some of the keys don't register that easily, most commonly my C, B, and X keys. I used the keycap remover inside the box to see if something was wrong with the switches, but found out its just that the keycaps are slightly hollow, which causes the input to not be registered sometimes, thus requiring harder presses. For its price range, I had expected Macros but you cant complain as every other quality of it is great. The keycaps are slightly wobbly but otherwise its an amazing keyboard. However, if you are gonna spend this much on a keyboard, i would suggest putting another grand in and to go for a low cost Corsair.
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* Build quality :: 5/5
The keyboard seems to be pretty well made. It's quite heavy, which makes it feel pretty sturdy and it helps to keep it in place during use. The keyboard cover (basically what we see of it) is made of metal, which increases my confidence in terms of durability.
Build quality on the switches and keycaps is another story, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now and not deduct any points due to that.
* Switches :: 4/5
Coming from a non-mechanical keyboard user, I really like the feel of the mechanical switches. It's hard to explain why they are different from normal keyboards, but for some reason it makes typing feel easier.
The switches themselves are clicky, so there's actually two sounds when you hit a key: the click once you reach the action point of the switch, and when the keycap/switch reaches its lowest point. Personally I'm not a fan of the clicky sounds and I could do without them... but for the price, I'm not sure I had a lot of options, so I can live with it.
Note that the keyboard is on the loud side, there's no doubt people will notice you're typing, even if they're 10-15 ft away from you.
* Lighting :: 4/5
Lighting is all right. I rate it high because it has some level of customization on the keyboard itself, without having to install additional software. However, I don't think it has the capability of assigning light/effects on a key-by-key basis. This is definitely not a deal-breaker for me, since I'm looking for some discrete lighting (if any), and there's an option for that (slowly alternating colors).
All in all, I rate the keyboard 4/5 only because of the clicky sounds that I need to give my ears some time to adapt. Coming from a normal keyboard and moving to this is already a step in the right direction... at least in my mind.
I would probably recommend this to anyone interested in trying out a first mechanical keyboard. For more advanced lighting effects and customization, you might want to look elsewhere.
1. The price - it's the cheapest good quality mechanical keyboard you will find.
2. The clicky sound is nice and satisfying, I find myself making excuses just to type more with it.
3. There are some nice LED color options. Don't worry about the other reviews complaining about this. Some people are just too picky. I found there were plenty of different colors and the ability to adjust the brightness was great. There's also some animation options for the lights.
4. Has some nice built in functions to adjust volume, open calculator..etc. My favorite being the windows key lock. No more having to rip the key out of the keyboard for me.
1. It weighs a lot for a keyboard. I usually have the keyboard in my lap VS on a table and I can feel the difference. It's not uncomfortable though. Biggest issue with the weight is when it falls on the floor. It's only happened once so far but when it fell it chipped a piece off the corner that I had to superglue back on.
2. There's no where to grip the keyboard on the edge. I find it hard to grab the thing without accidentally pushing keys.
3. It's got a raised lip on the edge that I find likes to help lock dirt and crumbs in with the keys.
All in all - it's a great starter mechanical keyboard. It's a great price point for a solid keyboard that will get you used to using a mechanical keyboard before spending upwards of $200+ for a high-end one.
I needed true mechanical switches, solid (non-plastic) build construction, RGB to match her aesthetic and a full numpad for crunching spreadsheets. This fit the bill at a demonstrably unbeatable price for our requirements.
No cherry switches, instead they are Outemu blues, but having tried them I actually prefer these and may switch to Outemus when my CM quickfire board eventually dies. Seemingly lighter than Cherry blues, and a little more tactile and clicky, they also seem to respond much faster in reset travel but that could be our perception given it's a brand new board. Both of our typing feels noticeably improved in quick tests, her coming from brown switches and myself from cherry blues.
Drip/spill-resistant is the claim, but we hope to never have that tested. A comforting note though which would make the price point all the more stunning.
Default lighting effects are *very* interesting mimicking big names and throwing in some unique presets (one of which we have reserved for Winter Holidays as it resembles twinkling Christmas lights), and there is a way to cycle-lock a specific shade but we have yet to figure that out as documentation is very crude and doesnt cover most of what's actually possible in customization, and reviews don't help as it seems the controls for adjusting things changes every so often in what I assume are revisions of the same board(s).
Sleek and simple design, much simpler to clean than the (now insanely overpriced??) Rosewill RGB80 board that just died, conveniently just having passed warranty.
Be warned, this does not have a detachable usb, but if you do your product research you'll be well aware of this beforehand. A minor compromise to help provide a quality option at a very budget price.
I had originally planned on simply using this to tide us over until we could invest in a more premium option (looking at you, ducky), but we both agreed that so long as the durability factor is present (yet to be seen), this may have just become our go-to peripheral company when we're on a budget.
Almost no deck flex, solid construction, swappable switches in case they quit on you and a bonus keycap puller which is pretty standard I suppose.
Glad I gave these guys a try, only concern now is how long this thing will run before something inevitably goes wrong. If this lasts longer than the Rosewill keyboard it replaced, it will be money well-spent.
As far as I can tell so far, it's truly a stellar product for the price. I would nornally give 4/5 for what it is, but at about $60 I have to adjust accordingly because overall quality alone already beats out boards I've owned for nearly 2.5x the cost. If the board lasts, I consider this a serious show of competition in the keyboard world. If you can have a true mechanical with rgb and good construction like this for $60, I personally feel competing companies have to be absolutely insane to be charging $100+ for membrane boards in this day & age.
You've got another fan here, Red Dragon - I just hope it's also built to last! Keep up the good work!
I will update this review accordingly if & when I experience a hiccup or board failure of some sort.
Both these keyboard are used for work, not for gaming. I am software engineer, so they are really used a lot. The HyperX is double the price. Build quality for both are perfect. I have no idea how they could improve on this, and they shouldn't.
This is my first day using this RedDragon keyboard. I am very happy with my purchase and I am a very picky guy. Keys are solid, and experience really good.
The only reason I gave this a 4 and not a 5 is the LED's could be a bit brighter and the clicks are a bit loud, although I suspect i could get used to both.
You cannot get better value for money.
SO t add to the review, since I have the link. I have had it for a few days now, and the clicking much less noticable. Still happy I got this.
Durability and build quality is equal to the K552, as you'd expect. The blue type mechanical switches offer satisfying audible clicks and compare mostly to the feel of a Cherry MX Green.
It's not the best keyboard for gamers on the market, but for the cost, you get a very nice package equal to many higher priced keyboards for so much less.
Blue switch keyboard is LOUD. Click click click. Be warned.
Personally I love the clicky definitive feedback for every key press. Its satisfying. Every key press sounds like you've just popped a small bubble wrap packing bubble. Once you surpass a certain point of actuation, it clicks or snaps and springs back up for next key stroke. That's the best way to describe it.
The key layout is fairly standard. I have no issue with any of the keys. I would have preferred the font used for the alphabet be more clear. I really detest the "futuristic" font on every letter. It bothers my eyes . Standard Arial would've been fine.
The backlight is a non distracting red glow. Not too bright. . not too dim. This isn't adjustable as far as I can see.
The base is solid and not flimsy. There is minimal bezel around the keyboard so I like the low profile. Save desk space. I'm fairly happy with the construction.
This is a very fair priced blue switch keyboard. There isn't much to dislike if you're a blue switch keyboard fan. It's very low budget recommendation. My main beef with the font they used for each key.... It is such a simple thing but it bothers me so I'm knocking off one star. Otherwise enjoy it for what it is.
However, one big annoying thing which gives this a 1 star is the fact that the keyboard has to constantly be re-plugged in every time I turn on my computer. That makes it really inconvenient. I get that this is a budget keyboard but that doesn't mean I should have to plug it in every time just to use it. Especially when I need to get into the BIOS.
I did try with another computer and same thing. I also tried a different keyboard on my new computer and it worked flawlessly.
Will most likely return after I find another board...
The actual typing itself is very muck like MX Blues. But the keys are not Cherry, which keeps the price down. Otherwise, they are tactile and clicky, and feels pretty good while typing. A little loud, but no more than the MX Blues. I'd definitely buy this again over any Cherry board that costs close to $ 200! Absolutely worth the price.
Switch quality isn't perfect but still very good. I kind of like their sound and feel more than Cherry MX blues, but the switch under the 0 key wasn't functional and I had to desolder and replace it. Not a big deal for me, but it may be if you have never soldered before. Not Redragons fault, more Outemu's fault for not having the greatest quality control on switches. Not a huge deal anyway, just utilize Amazon's excellent return policy.
The RGB is extremely well featured and well done, much more so than I expected. Case is metal and nice quality, however this keyboard's sound benefited from the installation of dense shelf liner inside the case to take up the empty space and remove the hollow sound and bit of pinging. Still a very good sound to it for this price.
Keycaps aren't amazing, but the key layout is standard so you can swap them for something better if you wish. They are a notch above normal backlit keycaps though, as they're actually doubleshot, not coated and laser engraved, so they're much more durable than standard backlit keycaps. Again, not something I was expecting to see at this price point.
I purchased this as a gift for my girlfriend and she loves it.
I'm impressed Redragon, keep it up and I look forward to trying more of your keyboards in the future!