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Redragon K553-RGB USAS Review – TKL Gaming Mech with RGB Goodness

If you haven’t noticed by now, the two most popular trends in mechanical keyboards among gamers and enthusiasts are compactness and RGB backlighting. A compact keyboard has one huge advantage over full size boards. Ergonomics. Fans of small form factor mechanical keyboards appreciate how much space they free up the for their mouse, allowing for greater range in mouse positioning and less hand movement to input data.

RGB backlighting, on the other hand, is less practical and mostly in demand for aesthetic purposes. The goal being to appear as flashy as possible so they might draw attention from potential buyers. Today I am reviewing the Redragon K553-RGB USAS, a TKL (TenKeyLess) mechanical keyboard that follows both these trends with omission of the numpad and addition of per-key RGB LED backlighting. Continue reading

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Magicforce 68 Review: Compact Backlit Mech On A Budget

Up for review today is one of the best budget mechanical keyboards money can buy. Starting at $40, the Qisan Magicforce 68 is a compact 65% keyboard comparable to boards costing two or three times its asking price. However, the model being examined now is the slightly more premium version, which adds a white backlight and genuine Cherry MX (Brown in this example) switches. The cheaper model uses MX clones.

The premium version, while not quite as budget friendly as the $40 basic model, is still a good value at the current price range of $60-$70; especially if you value genuine Cherry MX switches over the various clones. Is it worth the extra $30 over the non-backlit version with “inferior” switches? Read on to see the results. Continue reading

Rosewill RK-9000V2 BR Review

Rosewill RK-9000V2 BR Review: No-frills Mechanical Keyboard

Hardcore PC gamers take their keyboard seriously. When milliseconds are the difference between winning and losing a responsive mech can give you that slight edge over your opponent. For years the original RK-9000 was the benchmark for Rosewill mechanical gaming keyboards.

That said, the previous version had it’s flaws; primarily a mini USB port that was prone to failure if presented with too much pressure from external forces. Fixing that problem while implementing a few other small changes was Rosewill’s goal with the updated version, model RK-9000V2. Continue reading

Patriot Viper V760 Review

Patriot Viper V760 Review: RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Are you planning to buy a mechanical keyboard for your daily gaming action? Interested to know more about the full size Patriot Viper V760 mechanical gaming keyboard with RGB backlighting? If so you’ve come to the right place. The following in-depth review of the Viper V760 will give you an idea of its gaming focused features and help you decide if it’s a good fit for your gaming or typing needs. Continue reading