Redragon KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

The Redragon KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was kindly presented to me by Redragon totally free in return for a good and impartial review on Amazonco.uk & Amazon.com. No additional compensation was handed in return for writing this article on my small blog.

The Redragon KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard will come in the United kingdom from Redragon Satisfied by Amazon . com.co.united kingdom for around £52.99 with free P&P. In america the KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard can be obtained from ChallengerUSA Satisfied by Amazon . com.com for around $89.99 with free P&P. (Prices correct sometimes of posting).

MEASUREMENTS

Measurements taken in their finest point utilizing a digital calliper accurate to within .1%.

The laptop keyboard measures 35.4cm x 12.4cm x 2.6cm. The depth measurement is obtained from the trunk edge using the ft retracted and doesn’t range from the key caps. Such as the key caps the measurement is 3.6cm and increasing the retracting ft around the bottom adds 1.1cm towards the overall depth (from the back). The leading edge measures 2.1cm deep excluding the important thing caps or 3cm deep such as the key caps.

The keys around the keyboard are marginally but noticeably smaller sized than budget business class membrane keyboards provided by Microsoft and Logitech some key measurements are listed below

(Measurements taken of top surface of keys)
Space bar = 112.68mm x 14.08mm
Arrow & Letter Keys = 12.5mm x 14.7mm
Enter Key = 36.9mm x 14.7mm
Shift Keys = 46.1mm x 14.7mm
Backspace Key = 31.4mm x 14.7mm
The spacing between keys is 6mm

The keyboard weighs 858g (this reading unavoidably includes a small section of the cable).

PRODUCTIVITY

The KUMARA K552 is extremely nice to type on which is far better than any membrane or domed keyboard that i’ve ever owned or used. When compared with other mechanical keyboards which i have owned or used, it’s defiantly far superior for productivity tasks to that particular of my MX red K70 and MX brown MAX Blackbird. However, when compared with my Havit HV KB366L that utilizes Gaote blue switches or indeed every other blue switch keyboard I have tried personally the OUTEMU switches really are a little soft. (Rubber O-rings can certainly and cheaply be added in in the event you discover the resistance a tad too soft for the liking).

Within my time reviewing keyboards on Amazon.com during the last 18 several weeks I’ve largely become familiar with keyboards having a US layout, typically it’s just dependent on remembering a couple of rearranged secondary keys. There’s one key however that I have not managed to adjust to that’s available on some, although not all US layout boards which is actually a single spaced enter key.

The KUMARA K552 sadly utilizes a single spaced, wide enter / return key so that as an impression typist I merely haven’t were able to adapt. If much like me, you strike the enter key together with your pinkie at the very top edge, you’ll frequently hit the backslash key rather which becomes very frustrating.

For productivity and entertainment the KUMARA K552 has numerous non dedicated shortcut keys which are activated while using FN (function) key. Individuals functions are listed below.

FN+F1 = Open media player.
FN+F2 = Volume up.
FN+F3 = Volume down.
FN+F4 = Mute.
FN+F5 = Stop.
FN+F6 = Previous track.
FN+F7 = Play / Pause.
FN+F8 = Next track.
FN+F9 = Open mailbox.
FN+F10 = Open browser homepage.
FN+F11 = Calculator.
FN+F12 = Search.

GAMING

The KUMARA K552 has a few gaming specific functions. The very first is the Home windows key lock. Contain the FN key and tap the Home windows key and it’ll deactivate the home windows key, repeat to unlock.

The merchandise listing on Amazon . com states “Switchable (W A S D) and arrow keys for particular applications and/or gaming”. The manual, however doesn’t condition anything about switching the functions from the WASD & arrow keys. Getting tested holding the FN key lower and pressing nearly every key around the board I’m not able to locate how this type of feature is activated, if indeed there’s one.

The final gaming specific purpose of the KUMARA K552 may be the “100% anti-ghosting and conflict-free keys” feature. Anti-ghosting results in some kind of three to six key rollover. However, this could change from keyboard to keyboard, because the term ghosting technically describes phantom key presses, a relic of older keyboards. Testing with Passmark Keyboard Test repeated testing of 10 synchronised alphanumeric key presses every time detected all keys pressed.

In a nutshell, which means that you are able to concurrently move ahead while holding a vital lower to crouch, reload as well as turn a torch off or on and hold a vital if needed to make use of teamspeak with every single key registering.

Along with nowhere switches DOTA, Guild Wars 2, Elite Harmful, COH 2, War Game : Red Dragon and R.U.S.E really are a pleasure to experience and much more than you are on my K70 using its MX red switches.

FPS games for example Killing Floor, L4D2, Team Fortress 2, Serious Mike 3 BFE and COD Black Ops 2 and Platformers were defiantly better performed while using red switches of my K70. Particularly Platformers which are most likely best performed on the joypad anyway somewhat frustrating. Honestly attempting to double jump using the spacebar from the Redragon KUMARA K552 will drive you bonkers.

BUILD QUALITY

The KUMARA K552 frame is entirely produced from black finely textured Abs plastic, fiberglass both front and back. The laptop keyboard is tenkeyless in design (doesn’t have separate number pad around the right side) however it still maintains the directional arrow keys with Ins, Home, Page up and lower etc… cluster of keys above.

Located just over the directional arrows is really a elevated rectangular patch of plastic that bears “Redragon” branding in red lettering and merely two Brought key lock indicators around the outdoors edge. (As being a tenkeyless keyboard, there’s clearly no NUM lock indicator). The only real other feature of note around the front from the keyboard may be the elevated lip that moment the advantage from the board. I that can compare with this style / design, nevertheless it entails that the keyboard vac is going to be needed to clean as it can certainly be a dust trap.

The perimeters from the keyboard are entirely smooth and without feature aside from the cable appearing out of the trunk inside a centralised position. Reinforcement is brief and it is a small reason to be concerned, holding the laptop keyboard in position and moving the cable you are able to clearly hear something moving inside the keyboard which isn’t a great sign specifically for individuals searching for any keyboard to accompany a laptop on their own travels.

The cable measures 182cm lengthy (excluding reinforcement and connector) and 4.47mm across. The cable includes a PVC jacket, but no braiding but there’s a little EMI suppressor located 11cm lower the cable in the gold plated USB A connector.

Around the bottom close to the front edges you will find small textured non slip pads calculating 4.5mm x 17mm, competitive with they are there’s sadly none on the rear edges. Instead you will find just 2 small elevated plastic bumps without any non slip qualities as well as risk marking or scratching some surfaces for example stained or colored wood.

You will find however two retracting ft which are simply fantastic. They lock safely into position, only retracting when intentionally done this (you’d be amazed at the amount of retracting ft that collapse once the keyboard is pressed backwards). The ft possess a full silicone coating which, along with the leading edge non slip pads are impressive on every surface from glass to wood as well as metal.

COMFORT

When writing or using for productivity this really is a smaller amount of a problem, however for gaming one is really needed. While one may be easily acquired individually it should never be connected to the keyboard then when moving the laptop keyboard, after this you need to move and align the wrist rest individually, which could be a little annoying. It will however mean available a pleasant comfortable foam pad such as the Grifiti Fat Pad which is much more comfortable than any plastic bundled rest.

PACKAGING & CONTENTS

The Redragon KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard comes provided in flat pressboard retail packaging based on getting an instruction guide. Laptop keyboards is included with bubble-wrap as well as the cable is coiled, guaranteed getting a Velcro cable tie, sadly this is the extent in the protection presented to laptop keyboards within the box.

The instructions incorporated will be in British, Chinese, Spanish, German and French. Whatever the rather thick guide you’ll find simply two pages helpful that showcase the additional functions in the keyboard that people covers within my review.

There isn’t any software or motorists incorporated inside the box, however, such is not needed. The manual signifies laptop keyboards works together with Home home windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, the item listing states laptop keyboards may also be appropriate for Home home windows 10 but neither the manual or product listing mention anything about Mac or Linux systems. (In line with the manufacturer laptop keyboards is Mac compatible, nonetheless the programmable lighting function does not use Mac systems).

Getting personally tested on Home home windows 7 Pro 32-Bit and eight.1 systems laptop keyboards is plug and play, while using OS installing any necessary software when it is connected which is functional inside a couple of moments to become linked to either system wonderful features working without making use of additional software.

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