Mechanically perfect and rgb programming nearly pefect!
Designwell, this keyboard at least mechanically and electrically works. I’ve gone through three redragon models and every one was defective. I really liked the k-579 rgb but two bad ones in a row steered me away.I went up the cost ladder to this major maker rosewill k81 model, as i wanted the clickity blue type switches, native firmware programming and software programming. I can’t touch type and the two index finger poking i do is easier with stiffer keys and a longer switch actuation travel. This rosewill k81 provided that with kailh switches. These switches are fine to type with. The cherry mx switches feel rough by comparison on depression as though they scrap on the way down. Not so these switches. A very good decided smooth click. No stiction what so ever. This is way easier for me to type on as adjacent keys aren’t actuated with side key strikes as i jab around. The key depression force isn't too light yet not limp, either. Yes, keyboards aren’t made for me so i get what is best and shut-up about it. If you are a finger typist, try this blue, it come with brown switched, too) keyboard. Stay away from the super short actuation mx if you aren't a perfect touch typist or you'll have more letters than you bargained for.The keyboard is 100% fine in physical split. Leds all seem to work and are but not real bright, and one step brighter may be a nice change. But, turn them off and the illumination is more obvious than you thought. Using a white type color as well helps over red. One odd thing, the illumination steps seem to work fine turning the led’s down, but turning them up the setting seems to get stuck on three of five or so. Using the software to re-set the keyboard to max fixes it to full bright if you have it set there in software, weird.Key caps are double shot molded for durability (lettering can’t wear off). A really nice compact sized chassis with all the important features accounted for. Some complain that the multi media volume should be a thumb bar and mute button. I disagree, as two of those thumb button scroll bars have been broken. One upon arrival on a redragon, and the other was the corsair k70 where the left end of the button broke, same side as the redragon! This seems to tell me they are fragile as the thumb wheel looks identical to the corsair’s. I’m real ginger with my last corsair k70 volume wheel to not break it.The rosewill has volume switches for up and down and mute. Switches are durable and won’t break. They are direct actuation and you don’t need to use the fn “function” button so they are quick real time buttons. Push and hold for fast ramp, or click for small jumps. Other media buttons are fn + the assignment key but are seldom used quickly, anyway and they won’t break.The keyboard is stiff and firm under your hands. It is understated to look at or as garish as you want with the leds settings. I use red with a red edge light and it is nothing but quality in looks. Power cord is a captured (no fragile power cord ports on this keyboard) braided design. I’m not a fan of braided lines as they catch on everything buy…it is what it is. I don’t see it as an improvement on anything except “perception”. Form/fit/function it is worse than a good quality pvc power cord for durability.Programmingwhere all these keyboard really fail is ease of doing what you want to do with the rgb native to the keyboard (not needing the software). If they are going to work their tails off designing the keyboard, the software needs to be easy and intuitive to use, it isn’t. Alos, the keyboard should have pretty good built-in firmware for the leds. Well, one corsair keyboard i have is easy to use on the fly but they defeated the easy of use and went the wrong way on the next model, as it is software only.I have an older k70 corsair that allowed easy on the fly in game key assignments. It isn’t rgb, but the red only led’s could be assigned on the fly (on or off). Adding a key to the action keys you used while in game was fast and easy. Used game keys were “on”, unused game keys i left “off”. The keys themselves weren’t my style for typing and everyone kept saying get the mx reds. I did and they are even worse for index finger typist (not feedback and super short actuation points). And, the newer k70 went to a software only interface so you can’t program in-game. You have to literally memorize the used keys, exit the game, reprogram in w10 mode, re-start the game and repeat till all your set-up is done. This is a real pain to do. But, you could, in the software, program each key and store many set-ups. I just don’t play more than one game at a time. I like fast in-game key set-up.This rosewill k81 is better, and one step from perfect. You can program in-game and save up to 5 separate game key color assignments. Switching between the five pre sets is a cinch, with a fn + end key cycles through them. But, and this is a big butt (pun intended), if you want to add or remove a key from a set assignment the entire program is wiped out when you select fn+program (backspace button) and you start all over again. Why? It should stay just as it was and let you modify from that point forward. If you miss a key, and who won’t, you do everything all over, argh! If the native firmware kept the last format, and allowed you to go forward from there native to the keyboard, perfect for everyone. Please change this.Alternatives are a good thingthe learning curve is weird as the stuff isn’t as intuitive as i’d like but you figure it out.The rosewill k81 keyboard as well has w10 software. Most keyboards seem to have one or the other. You can;- pick several pre set color patterns.- using the hidden “user defined” way down in the end of the drop down list program each keys color individually or the entire keyboard on a visual keyboard. You can change what a key does, and not just it’s color assignment. But, same as the corsair, you have to get to the desktop to modify the keyboard and you can save multiple definitions verse just five in firmware on the keyboard. Plenty of fun.Some games will allow alt+tab to the desktop to “on the fly” add or remove key color assignments. I’d rather have the native firmware allow this.I don’t have a purpose to use macro’s, but this board can do them in software. Can’t help you there real well so i won’t guess about it for you.Overall impressionsoverall, if the keyboard’s native firmware kept the last color key assignments under the five presets and let you modify from there, this keyboard is perfect, as far as i’m concerned for the price. Ok, a few keys caps have white ink print (multi media on the f keys), but they are seldom. The often used volume is a double shot molded key cap switch. The surround light effect is nice and those sharp edges on the corsair k70 aluminum chassis are no longer eating everything alive the split into. I moved the k70 keyboard and it just brushed my $700.00 acer predator monitor and scraped a 1/8 inch gash through the anti-glare coating on the far left (than goodness) side of the screen! It is sharp as a knife. The rosewill k81 has a rounded smooth perimeter, far better, all the way around (pun there). The switch key base is and is solid as can be.Four stars as i’d like far easier in-game on the fly rgb key assignments that don’t wipe out all the previous settings. This to me is an obvious gaff if you game and like to assign keys colors based on use, fast, and on the fly. Other than that gaff, we have the led brightness seems to forget full bright on the keyboard, but not in software. For the $75.00 price this is a really good choice for a rgb backlight keyboard. Brown or blue switches are available. Recommended trying before going to the next level in price for sure.