Custom mechanical switches (Cherry Green equivalent) for ultimate gaming performance
Red LED adjustable lighting and double-shot injection molded keycaps for crystal clear backlighting
Metal and ABS construction, mechanical keys, and gold plated USB connector stand up to hardcore gaming
Custom mechanical switches designed for longevity, responsiveness, and durability. Mechanical keys with medium resistance, audible click sound, and tactile feedback
87 standard conflict free keys, 12 multimedia keys, and splash-proof design
Description: Redragon K552 KUMARA LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Black)The Redragon K552 KUMARA isn't your average gaming keyboard. Not only is it over-engineered and built to take a beating, it is loaded with features including heavy duty metal and ABS construction, double-shot injection molded keycaps, high-end switches with mechanical ultra-last springs, crisp and bright adjustable RED LED backlighting, a gold plated USB connector, and a splash-resistant design. One tough mechanical gaming keyboard. Perfect for whatever battle you might face. * 87 double-shot injection molded keycaps are (red) LED backlit for razor sharp lighting that doesn't scratch off. 100% anti-ghosting and conflict-free keys. * Custom mechanical switches designed for longevity with greater durability and responsiveness. Mechanical keys with medium resistance, audible click sound, and tactile bump feedback. * Red LED backlighting can be adjusted for brightness, breathing effect, and on/off. * 12 multimedia controls on Function keys. * Switchable W A S D and arrow keys for specific applications and/or gaming. Windows key lockout option. * Built like a tank. Over-engineered metal and ABS casing and splash proof design. * Supports Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or later operating system. What's in the box * Keyboard * User guide * Warranty card
★★★★1564 real customer reviews average rating: 4.4 stars (scroll to see all)
4 Stars By Kaimonkey on 2016-02-18 An ACTUAL Mechanical Keyboard. Lets keep this review short and simple, You want a mechanical Keyboard, you can't really afford a mechanical keyboard, but hey this one is only a few bucks more than a similar membrane keyboard? why not this one?
Pros : It's cheap AF. seriously, $30? that's like 6 pumpkin spice lattes. It's actually mechanical, not like mechanical feel keyboards, you do actually get that sweet sweet clickity clack! Backlit! Not only is it mechanical it's actually backlit too! and it's not too bright, just right, easy to see even with the monitor right infront of it. Raised keys, a simple little touch, but makes the keyboard look that much better.
Now onto the cons: There aren't that many cons really, at this price point it's bettery tactile wise than literally every keyboard out there, due to the fact it is an actual mechanical keyboard. But the only real Con that I can find is that it says the switches used are a Cherry Green Equivalent, but they're not. They're a Cherry MX Blue clone if even that, a real cherry MX Green has about 70grams of actuation force, this keyboard has 55grams. I measured using quarters, it took 10 quarters to make the switch depress. But more on these switches, they say that they're Greetech switches, however I can't find the same or similar switches anywhere online! These switches might be a knock off of a knock off.....
but lets be honest, it's a $40 mechanical keyboard. that's actually mechanical. The only thing that would make this better, would be, slightly larger keys, I don't have little child hands. and possibly a wrist rest, but honestly? This keyboard is an incredible value and I would highly recommend it!
5 Stars By Miller Choch on 2016-03-26 K552 stepping into Mechanical Keyboard Field. Oh Redragon, I keep coming back to you. Redragon makes some great tech for the price. No, it's not comparable to high end gear, but it works, and it works well. If you're looking to get into a mechanical keyboard, this is a great starting point.
This keyboard uses outemu blue switches. These are not Cherry MX Green equivalents as listed, but Cherry MX Blue equivalents. About the switches, they accept standard keycaps make for Cherry MX stems. These are blues, which are great for typists (that don't share a room with anyone else). These are loud switches, as all blues are. Great tactile feedback and great press.
Function - Works great as a MX Blue starter point. All keys work perfectly, and the back lighting is just the right intensity. Each press is satisfying. Fit - It's a standard tenkeyless size and fit. As with all tenkeyless boards, it has no wrist wrest. If you spend multiple hours at your desk a day, investing in a wrist wrest is a wise decision. Finish - Aluminum construction, ABS construction, and ABS keycaps (Not PBT). It looks nice, keys feel nice on the fingertips. Gold plated USB is a nice touch. All in All, the finish on the board is well above the 40 dollar price range. RGB lighting would be preferable.
Other Notes: My wife hate it. She games in the same room as me, and uses the Redragon Karura (chicklet style keyboard, also fantastic if you like laptop type keyboards). The noise drives her nuts, and I would definitely not recommend for an office environment.
4 Stars By John Wood on 2016-07-20 Do not pass this up I didn't buy this keyboard for gaming. I am a college student and I enjoy typing on a mechanical keyboard. I have been using this Keyboard for around a week with my MacBook Pro.
Once I opened the box I was enlightened by the weight of it. Its not too heavy and it's not too light. Seems like the right amount. The build quality is great at this price point. The plastic seems strong and sturdy. I did a flex test and little to no flexing. I haven't taken it apart but it feels like they have a metal plate inside for structural support and what gives this little guy that extra needed weight.
The plastic for the key caps seem a little thin to me. When typing on the keyboard you can feel the quality of the caps. Slightly thicker keys would make this product perfect for me.
The switches are great! I am no expert at all but from what I have read they compare to Cherry MX Blues. These switches are very loud. I live alone so I don't have to worry about disturbing anyone. This switches are of great quality in my opinion. They feels sturdy and they do not seem cheap.
The led lights are great and it makes this keyboard look sexy. Each key has its own led and they are bright enough for everyday use. I do like how you can adjust the brightness of the light or you can just turn them off. I have noticed the LEDs will not stay at your setting once you turn your computer on. You will need to adjust it every time.
Overall I am happy with my purchase and would recommend this keyboard to anyone looking to save a few dollars.
5 Stars By CTH on 2016-02-12 A good starter for those wanting to try out a mechanichal keyboard. I just got this keyboard in and here a some of my impressions:
While the box wasn't anything special, the keyboard was nestled nicely inside covered in bubblewrap.
Construction seems to be pretty solid. The case is made of a tough seeming plastic, that doesn't flex or twist (despite my timid efforts; my desire to not break my new 'board overruled my desire to really test it roughly) or seem too terribly cheap. It reminds me of the plastic on my black swingline stapler at my desk.
The keyboard feels pretty hefty to me. My kitchen scale tells me it's 28.89oz (820g), or informally, a hell of a lot heavier than my old keyboard.
They keyboard came with a key puller (or, that's what I assume the red ringy thing that came with the keyboard is), and I can confirm that the keys are removable on purpose. The switches underneath are green, and have 'greentech' or something molded into them. The keys are nice and clicky, and I assume they are supposed to be a ripoff of MX blues or greens or something. Either way, I think it annoys my wife a bit. Also, the keys seem to be standard sized.
The keyboard is backlit with a nice, ominous red LED ambiance. It glows, so I guess that's good enough. My old keyboard didn't, so I'm not sure how to measure it beyond 'it works'.
Overall, I think it's a good keyboard, and at <$40 it makes a great start for someone looking to try out a mechanical keyboard without spending too much money.
5 Stars By Eshcole on 2017-03-02 Amazing Build Quality and Hefty! I bought this keyboard strictly cause I was curious about mechanical switches and this was a cheap way to buy into into it but I wasn't expecting what I got. Depending on when you read this I might already have a video review up on my channel. Search Youtube for Eshcole.com!
BUILD QUALITY For ~$35 I wasn't expecting a keyboard with this kind of build quality. This keyboard is amazing and also amazingly HEAVY. Seriously, this keyboard is built like tank. That's not a bad thing. If you're a serious gamer, student, or just someone who works from home, you don't want a keyboard that's moving all over the place as you type. The Kumara has a very clean, simple look that would blend into most setups. The key caps let a lot of the LED light shine through so it looks great when they're on but you can turn them off if you wish. Mines stays on all the time. I love the look.
FUNCTION The keys are supposed to be equivalent to Cherry MX Greens but once you pop the key cap off, you find the keys themselves are actually blue which is a little strange but doesn't bother me. I've never owned a Cherry MX Green keyboard so I can't speak on how accurate that claim is.
The keys screams durable and are comfortable to type on for long periods. At first, the clicky sounds was loud and I was worried that I would wake the house as I typed cause I was so used to quiet membrane keyboards but after a few days, I either got used to the sound or maybe the keys get a little quieter after excessive use. Not sure but don't care.
There's not a lot of extra features with this keyboard that more expensive alternatives would have like dedicated media or macro buttons and USB pass thrus but for the price I can't really complain. I would have really liked at least one USB pass thru however. The function keys double as media keys so you're not wasting space having useless dedicated media keys. There's no number pad which I thought would take some getting used to but thankfully it was a pretty smooth transition. There's only one LED effect and that's breathing where the LEDs fade on and off real nicely. That's it.
CONCLUSION If you're curious about mechanical keyboards like I am or you just want a great keyboard for typing and gaming, this is definitely the one. At this price point you really can't beat a keyboard that feels and functions this premium. If you've owned more expensive mechanical keyboards and you just need an extra one that's good but affordable, this is for you. You won't find it as amazing as me whose never owned a mechanical keyboard but you'll definitely find it awesome!
4 Stars By MasterBlaster on 2018-01-17 and it's much better than I expected for a $30 keyboard I just got this keyboard in the mail today, and it's much better than I expected for a $30 keyboard. If not for a short list of things I dislike about this keyboard, I'd give it a 5 star review.
Pros: - The tactile response of the switches feels excellent and I my typing speed was fast right out of the box (I typically type between 80 and 90 wpm). - The base of the keyboard is solid and there is zero flex when typing. This is especially important to me and any flex results in a pretty poor review from me. - The keycaps are decent, not bad but not that great. Definitely acceptable for a keyboard in this price range.
Cons: - Under the F5 key, there was a little piece of plastic material left over from the manufacturing process (I imagine). This piece of plastic is stuck inside the switch enclosure, and blocks the LED for that switch, making it dimmer than the others. I was able to get the piece of plastic out of the way of the LED, but it's still stuck inside the switch enclosure, which I find annoying. It's the kind of issue I'd expect from a product at this price point, so I didn't detract points for this but I find it irritating. - The spacebar has an annoying ring to it if you hit it hard. I often trigger this sound and it bugs the heck out of me. Hopefully I can learn to go lighter on the spacebar. - The shift, enter and backspace keys are a little mushier than the rest of the keys, giving the keyboard an inconsistent feel. Once again, this is the kind of thing you could expect from a cheaper product. It's annoying as heck but I'll probably get used to it. The backspace key in particular suffers from this mushy feel.
All things considered, this is a really decent keyboard in its own right, and definitely great for it's price. If you're considering trying out mechanical keyboards for the first time, this is a great way to get your feet wet without risking a bunch of cash on an expensive board that might not meet your preferences.
5 Stars By Mike P on 2017-03-05 Great keyboard This keyboard is great, I've had is for a solid three months now and I haven't had any problems with it. I actually enjoy typing things out on it, it's just so satisfying, though it is louuud so if you tend to be around people when doing your typing you might want to think twice about getting this one. The red backlight looks fantastic, it's not overly bright, even at it's brightest setting, but can be dimmed to your liking and honestly I don't know how I've gone without a backlit keyboard all this time, it's both visually appealing and functional, as it makes the keys really easy to see in the dark. I really like that they didn't go with any absurd "gamer" looking fonts on the keys, they are stylized, but it's subtle enough for me. The branding is subtle as well, I hate how on many mechanical keyboards the manufacturer will have their logo slapped across somewhere extremely conspicuously, which has often times deterred me buying a certain keyboard. There is a breathe functions to the leds where they'll fade on and off but I just think it looks a bit weird and would be distracting to see while doing anything so I don't use it. The anti ghosting functionality is great as well, it's one of those things you don't realize you need till you have. It allows you to press any number of keys at the exact same time and the characters will all appear on screen. This in and of itself isn't that useful, but when doing a repetitive task such as entering something over and over into excel cells it's great because you cant go as fast as you humanly can without any hiccups.
I can't testify to the quality of this mechanical keyboard as compared to other more expensive and more well know brands as this is the first mechanical key board I've had, and I'm sure that this keyboard isn't as good as the more expensive ones with the brand name switches, but I don't doubt that it can hold its own in the mechanical keyboard market quite well, and for the price I think it's fantastic.
5 Stars By Julian Owens on 2017-05-25 Fast fast fast keyboard for daily typing. I like this one a lot! Using this one now and I like it. I can type really fast on it. Numeric would be nice but not necessary and I just don't have the desk real estate! Very fast for typing! Update: Now a few weeks in with this keyboard and I have come to like it better then all the others I have. I have some 8 other keyboards at different home stations and work. 2 of my keyboards are some $200.00 in price. And oddly this one has the best feel for me out of all of them. This gives me the right feedback for daily work as I type some 8-12 hours a day for my job and this one just has the best reactivity once you get used to the feel. Well worth the price and I am going to pick up a second one.
5 Stars By yazan on 2016-12-02 Amazing first keyboard Such an amazing keyboard. Typing on it right now. As my first mechanical keyboard, I couldn't ask for something better. Very comparable to the CM Storm keyboards that are SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive.
I am a Computer Science major so I code a lot, meaning I type a lot. Honestly I never had a better typing experience in my life until I got this keyboard. Personally it makes a WORLD of difference when I'm typing.
Super sturdy. The keys are rather light (to press) but I like it. Something I think other people never mention is the texture. yes there's a metal plate on the top but you won't feel it as a cold plate. Honestly I wasn't convinced it was metal until I hit it with a pair of metal scissors. Also the side plastic has a nice smooth matte texture. It's definitely plastic, but has a slight texture to it that makes it feel more premium than it should.
4 Stars By Eric on 2017-03-16 Excellent low-budget mechanical option I've gone through a couple of Blue switch keyboards (Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid [Kailh switches I believe] and the Corsair K70 [Cherry MX]), but this one was by far the least expensive. I'm also the most impressed with it, primarily due to what you get for the price. As others have stated, this is an actual mechanical keyboard (not "mechanical-like"). My use-case was that I wanted something more tactile for use at work without spending a ton of money, and this keyboard fits the bill nicely.
The switches definitely require a bit more force than both my QuickFire Rapid and K70, but it's not like doing finger push-ups on your keyboard or anything like that. One reviewer stated that these have a 55g actuation force and from what I've found authentic Cherry MX Blues have a 50g actuation force; without doing any measurements of my own, this feels about right. They do feel a bit cheaper than my other two keyboards and there is an audible "spring" sound on occasion when the key returns that O-rings have done little to mitigate, however this is by no means a dealbreaker for me. I cannot overstate, however, that this is a LOUD keyboard and will probably not be acceptable in most shared quiet settings. I use mine in a fairly noisy office and get the occasional good-natured ribbing from coworkers who hear my keyboard, but no one has put in a legitimate complaint. Cherry MX Blues are notoriously noisy, but these Outemu switches easily out-clack the competition in terms of volume.
Some don't seem to like the design, however I think it's pretty minimalist with the small exception of the Redragon logo above the arrow keys (which doesn't bother me much and seems like it *might* be removable somehow) and the cheesy gamer-esque font. The font can be forgiven since I've seen these very keycaps on other inexpensive keyboards, and I'm guessing economy of scale is what helps keep the price as low as it is. The backlighting is fine; basic but good and easily turned off, although it will not remember your settings and will default to on. If you don't like backlighting, save yourself a few dollars and get the non-backlit version. There is no wrist-rest, but I've purchased a Grifiti Fat Wrist Pad (I was not paid, just hyperlinking for your convenience) that goes quite well with this keyboard. Some people also seem to want a detachable cable; I've always found these to be more annoying than worthwhile but I suppose it's a matter of personal preference. Some have modified the keyboard to use a detachable cable, so it's definitely possible. I'm sure this also came down to cost. The keyboard also has a very nice weight to it and quality legs with rubber stops if you want to raise it a bit.
I'm deducting a star because of questionable quality control. While I really like this keyboard, it does misfire on occasion (the "e" key, specifically). It's not annoying enough to send it back, however I also purchased a Redragon Brown switch keyboard ("Devarajas") and it has more defective keys, both in functionality and quantity. It's unfortunate because the Devarajas seemed like it was going to be an equally good keyboard. I'm keeping the K552 and returning the Devarajas.
Pros: Inexpensive / excellent value Other than the font, the design is fairly minimalist and doesn't look too out-of-place in an office Good weight Not specific to the keyboard, but Blue switches are wonderful for typing
Cons: Extremely loud, even with O-rings and compared to other Blue switches Questionable quality control
In summary: I still prefer using my Corsair K70, but if I were limited to either a Redragon mechanical keyboard or something like a "gaming" keyboard with rubber domes, the Redragon would win out every time. The value is great, as long as the quality is consistent.
Other notes: I may try some different key caps out at some point. I'll be sure to update if I do.