A gaming keyboard with a typewriter-style feel.

Not too long ago, I saw a mechanical keyboard with round keys. This intrigued me because I hadn’t seen round keys since I used my grandmother’s old Corona typewriter when I was a kid. Round keys just aren’t ‘modern’ by today’s standards and most keys are square or square with rounded edges. When I saw this gorgeous RGB keyboard from Redragon, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

The Redragon Devarajas K556-RK is the sister keyboard to the Devarajas K556 RGB mechanical keyboard. The biggest difference between the two is that the K556-RK has the round keys. I’ve been able to use both and I’m sorry to say to the latter, but the K556-RK is much more enjoyable to use.

Redragon K556 RK RGB Gaming Keyboard REVIEW

The K556-RK keyboard has industrial strength mechanical switches that provide a tactile, but soft click feel. I’ve recently become accustomed to my butterfly keys on my iPad Pro Smart Keyboard so the softer feel was a welcome feature to me. The switches on the K556-RK are Brown Switches. The keys are anti-ghosting and typewriter inspired. Redragon makes mention on their website that it’s a great modern equivalent for the clicky typewriters of old.  I would have to agree with them. Even though it’s considered a ‘gaming’ keyboard, those who enjoy typing will like the feel of this keyboard.

Redragon K556 RK RGB Gaming Keyboard REVIEW

Because it’s constructed with mechanical keys, they can bear 50 million more keystrokes than a membrane keyboard. This is why most gamers prefer a mechanical keyboard — they can withstand more abuse. The exterior of the K556-RK has a lovely matte finish, which is designed to be sturdy and protect the keyboard against scratches, bumps, and corrosion. Redragon includes a complimentary key cap puller for when you need to replace switches or if you decide to swap out some keys with custom ones. This also helps with cleaning your keyboard.

Redragon K556 RK RGB Gaming Keyboard REVIEW

Because the keyboard is mechanical and has a metal frame, it weighs 1.3 pounds. It’s not the most portable keyboard in existence, but it’s definitely lighter than some other mechanical options. You have the choice between 6 backlight themes, 12 backlight models, and 4 LED brightness levels. The cable is also reinforced with gold plating on the USB connector and fiber braided cabling. The keyboard is built to last and it’s definitely a solid piece of computer equipment.

I’ve been incredibly impressed with the K556-RK’s performance and I like it so much that I am making room for it on my desk as a semi-permanent fixture. I do wish that it was a wireless keyboard, but I’ll deal with the USB cable connection since I like the feel of the keyboard so much. Because the keys are round, it does take a little getting used to how your fingers travel around the keyboard, but I think it only took me about 5 minutes of trial and error before I was typing like normal.

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