Redragon is one of the top-rated gaming peripheral manufacturers in Asia. They pride themselves on their innovative designs, durability and quality materials. With a focus on creating high-quality peripherals that all gamers can afford, Reddragon created an affordable keyboard with RGB backlighting for casual or professional use!
The “Redragon K530 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard” is a keyboard that has RGB backlighting and anti-ghosting capabilities. The keyboard also features an ergonomic design with detachable wrist rest and keycap puller for easy cleaning.
The Draconic K530 is Redragon’s first 60 percent keyboard. It has all of the bells and whistles of a high-end hot-swappable keyboard without the high price tag. It has a dual-mode switch that allows you to switch between wired and wireless modes, as well as the ability to connect up to three devices and simply switch between them using a toggle. It has RGB illumination with 13 dynamic settings, and you can get even more customization possibilities and effects by downloading the program. It also has Switches that can be swapped out quickly. Sounds like a lofty goal for a keyboard that isn’t going to break the bank.
The chance of you getting into the more costly hobby of customizing and modifying mechanical keyboards, on the other hand, will eat away your funds. Is the Redragon Draconic K530 the ideal compromise between price and performance?
What’s in the package, exactly?
Let’s start with the contents of the box. You have the Redragon Draconic K530 keyboard, of course. The item we received is white, however a black version is also available.
The keyboard also comes with a USB-C cable with a 90-degree connector since the port is on the left-hand side of the keyboard, which isn’t ideal given you’re intended to use it wirelessly. You’ve got your instruction manuals and a Redragon sticker. If you wish to modify your board, you’ll also receive a keycap and switch puller. Redragon also includes a range of switches so you can see which one best meets your needs before ordering and installing it on the Redragon Draconic K530.
The Redragon Draconic K530 is a 60% keyboard, which means the F keys, numpad, and arrow keys have been removed, resulting in a smaller form factor. FPS gamers like this form factor because it allows them more desk area to operate their mouse. When compared to an all-aluminum case keyboard, the construction seems sturdy and light. The body is made of plastic, and the switches are mounted on an aluminum plate. It seems to be strong and capable of withstanding abuse for many years.
You’ll find your USB-C port on the left-hand side, as well as an ON/OFF toggle button that also toggles between wired and wireless mode; another toggle for which device you want the keyboard to connect to, which is more convenient because you can see which device the keyboard is connected to; and two LED lights, one for Bluetooth status and the other for battery status. It’s powered by a 3,000mAh battery, which means you’ll have plenty of charge even when the RGB lights are on while using it in wireless mode.
Underneath the keyboard are two rubbery kickstands that do a nice job of keeping it in place. The case’s thickness bothers me, and it would benefit from a wrist support if you intend on using it for long periods of time.
Without RGB, the Redragon Draconic K530 would not be a gaming keyboard. It comes with a number of lighting settings that may be further modified using the software available for download here. This is the official website of Redragon.
I’ve been using a 60% keyboard for the last 5 years, so the Draconic K530 was not unfamiliar territory for me. If you’re coming from a full-sized keyboard, you’ll need to get used to the absence of arrow keys and F keys, especially if you play RPGs. Layers are the way that 60% of the keyboard operates. The first layer is the standard one, which includes the QWERTY and all legends on top of your keycap. The second layer, which is the legends written on the bottom of the keycaps, is triggered by holding down the CAPS LOCK (MAGIC Fn) button and hitting another.
I recommend starting slowly and allowing your hand and finger muscles to adjust to the new form factor and combo keys such as CAPS LOCK + W, A, S, D for arrow keys, Fn+1 for F1, and so on.
The Redragon Draconic K530’s stock keycaps have an OEM profile, providing it a decent angle without utilizing the kickstand.
Our device came with Brown Outemu switches, which have a mixed feel to them, with some keys scratchier than others and others feeling excellent to press. There isn’t much that a simple mod can’t cure. The brown Outemu has a 55g actuation force and clicks less than the blue one. The brown switches’ tactility helps you type more correctly by providing feedback after the key is pressed.
For a latency-free connection, the Redragon Draconic K530 employs Bluetooth 5.0. True enough, I didn’t experience any input latency when playing VALORANT or CS:GO with it. The Bluetooth mode has various limits, one of which is 6-key rollover, but if you use it in wired mode, you can simply enhance its bandwidth.
I liked how simple it was to switch between devices by just toggling the B1, B2, B3 buttons on the side. B1 was linked to my primary laptop, B2 to my iPad, and B3 to my smart TV in my use case scenario. If I need to work, I just turn the switch to B1 and the laptop connects to it immediately. If I want to unwind with the tablet after work, I can quickly convert it to B2 and type into the iPad with ease. And if I want to go to my bedroom and look for movies, I can easily change the channel to B3 and spare my thumb from wrestling with the remote with the onscreen keyboard. And, wow, I just realized how much time I spend in front of the screen in a day.
If you’re looking to get your feet wet in the customized mechanical keyboard industry, the Redragon Draconic K530 is a great place to start. Although there is a learning curve when switching to a 60% keyboard, within a week or two, you’ll be ripping it up and down from A to Z with your eyes closed. *looks at the keyboard to see where the letters A through Z are located*
There are a few out there with the same feature set at the same price range, and having more alternatives is always a good thing for customers. However, at $2,150 at your local gaming shop, this 60% keyboard is jam-packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a higher-priced keyboard. The hot-swappable feature allows you to replace and fine-tune switches to your taste. Given that it features a wireless/wired option, which was unavailable with mechanical keyboards only a few years ago, this is already a terrific investment that would have paid for itself very instantly.
Draconic K530 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard by Redragon
Modes: wired and wireless
Switches that can be swapped out quickly
Connection is quick and simple.
There is still more work to be done on the software.
The 60 percent form factor adds to the learning curve.
Layers are limited.
The “redragon k530 review” is a keyboard that offers wireless connectivity, RGB backlighting and a number of other features. It’s available for $99.
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