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Redragon K552 KUMARA Review - Armchair Empire

Redragon K552 KUMARA Review

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  • 8/10
    Look - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Feel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Durability - 9/10
  • 9.5/10
    Value For The Price - 9.5/10
8.9/10

Our Rating

We Recommend Redragon K552 KUMARA Mechanical Keyboard For…

There are so many brands and models of keyboards in the market, you can get one for less than $10 and another that costs upwards of $150 but how do you find out whether your choice will satisfy you. The Redragon K552 KUMARA mechanical keyboard is designed keeping the needs of most basic gamers. This includes professional gamers too. In fact, for coders, writers, and editors this is the keyboard to get without spending a good deal of money.

We recommend the K552 from Redragon for those who move around a lot and need a reliable mechanical keyboard for gaming and general use purpose but don’t want to pay a lot for the frills of a high-end keyboard. Those who want something for their home or office rig can opt for the K551 with a complete NUMPAD.

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Redragon K552 KUMARA LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Black)
  • Custom mechanical switches (Cherry Blue 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

Redragon K552 KUMARA Introduction

Not a name synonymous with gaming glory, Redragon is relatively a new entrant but they offer a range of solid models that are sure to entice even the most ardent of brand conscious gamers. Redragon in all its products aims at providing the basics required for pure gaming experience and nothing more. Its objective is to produce affordable and reliable gaming peripherals that can give big brands a run for their money. The K552 Kumara mechanical keyboard is one particular peripheral from Redragon that sits pretty atop many branded gaming keyboards in the market. We feel this particular model is perfect for professional gamers who want a portable keyboard with complete anti-ghosting plus full mechanical keys, without paying a lot. Besides, the construction is heavy duty, in fact, it is heavier than many other brands plus you get a red backlight with different brightness levels. Overall, the design and functionality seem at par with the best in the market. The question remains as to whether the product performance justifies recommending it as opposed to the BlackWidows and STRAFE models.

Redragon K552 KUMARA Design

Nothing fancy is what we want to tell you when it comes to the design of the Redragon KUMARA K552 mechanical keyboard. There’s a base made from metal and then covered in good quality plastic. This base is a slab at best. On top of the base sits the mechanical triggers that seem like they use Greentech molds and the keys then sit with a high clearance on these keys to such an extent that you can not only see part of the key mechanism but also the white base too. In other words, the design is unassuming and simplistic. Besides, you don’t get any USB pass-through or 3.5mm jack connections. Nor is the cable braided fabric though the plastic sheathing is high grade and should not deteriorate with time.

Where the design really does makes its stand is in the overall engineering and build. We feel the KUMARA K552 is actually built to withstand severe abuse and over-engineered to ensure customer satisfaction over the years. They use heavy duty metal plus ABS construction and the keycaps are double-shot injection molded. Did we mention that the entire keyboard is splash resistant and that it uses gold plated USB connectors? Practically built to near military requirements, this keyboard is way more durable than Razer and Corsair products, without costing as much.

Redragon K552 KUMARA Specifications

Coming to the specifications of the Redragon K552, it offers a total of 87 double-shot injection molded keys so no NUMPAD on this keyboard. But because of that, the size is compact. This keyboard offers conflict-free keys with 100% anti-ghosting and a high polling rate. This together with the use of custom mechanical keys gives it superior responsiveness and gaming abilities. Speaking of the mechanical keys, they are not branded switches like Cherry MX or the sorts. However, the feel and build are quite similar to the Cherry MX Blue keys though we feel these have a longer travel and are way more clicky with a heavier tactile feedback. Those who type a lot or code will actually find the noise and response quite satisfying as you really can never miss a single key with this keyboard. I can spend hours typing non-stop on this baby and never tire. Neither do I have to worry missing a keystroke because you either hit a key or you don’t and you know when you do thanks to the audible nature of the click.

You get a total of 12 multimedia controls that are set across the twelve function keys and activated by holding the Function or FN key down. Red LED backlighting is spread across the entire keyboard with the option of on/off or breathing and different brightness levels all adjustable with the FN key and one other key. The arrow keys and WASD keys are switchable too and depending on what you use the keyboard for, you can change their position. This keyboard is plug and play, no need to install anything though the driver CD ships with the product itself. You can also find the drivers for this keyboard online.

Redragon K552 KUMARA Performance and Feel

It isn’t always that you come across a product that costs so little that you almost instantly brand it as a wannabe but then you use it a few times and fall in love with. You keep asking yourself why it only costs as much as it does and why other brands cannot make a product like this. Well, the Redragon KUMARA K552 mechanical gaming keyboard is one such product for me personally. I love mechanical keyboards and since I code, type and game – for me a keyboard should perform the first two tasks just as adequately as the last one. The KUMARA K552’s tactile feedback and its sound level are exactly what you need to type and code as quickly as possible. I haven’t yet missed a single keystroke because when you miss you know it due to the lack of that clickety clank noise. You also know that the keyboard has a base of metal as the keys clang off the base and leave that hollow resonating sound only possible with a metallic material. Redragon wasn’t kidding with the military-grade over-engineered paraphernalia at all!

Let’s speak of the performance. Well, for gamers you will be astonished to know that the keyboard is full anti-ghosting and it shows in-game. Played FIFA with it and a little bit of DOTA using a third party key mapper software. Never once did a key misfire or not fire at all. Like I said before if you hear that clang of the key switch then you know the keyboard will respond regardless of how quick or how many keys you press at once. Some might complain because there are no macros and also the keyboard lacks any sort of memory but those are minor issues for the majority of gamers.

Redragon K552 KUMARA Pros

  • Cheap and reliable aren’t always used in the same sentence but the Redragon K552 is just that. It is affordable, built like a tank and designed exclusively for gamers.
  • The key feel is superior and for those who type and code along with gaming, this is a keyboard worthy of taking along wherever you go. I personally ordered one of these, the K551 for myself.
  • Heavy base and construction give you the confidence that the keyboard can take a few bumps and bruises along the way.
  • Splash proof design so you need not worry the next time you spill coffee, water or something else on the keyboard. With the key puller, you can pluck out the keys, clean the base and reset the whole thing back as if nothing happened.
  • The backlight is bright enough at the highest setting for the darkest of playing environments plus you can precisely control the brightness with nearly 6 different light levels.
  • Arrow keys and WASD keys are interchangeable depending on your style of gaming. This is great for left-handed gamers who use the mouse with their left hand.

Redragon K552 KUMARA Cons

  • The K552 because of its portable nature only packs in 87 keys. Basically, it misses out on the entire NUMPAD section. This may be an issue for some who use the NUMPAD for combos and other in-game controls.
  • It is heavy as a brick. In fact, of all the keyboards we have reviewed thus far, this is the heaviest of the lot but that’s a good thing because it speaks of the durability.
  • There are no macro keys for those who engage in a lot of MMO gaming or online adventures.
  • Multimedia keys are only accessible using the function keys in tandem with the FN key.

Redragon K552 KUMARA Conclusion

The KUMARA K552 from Redragon will satisfy majority of gamers barring one or two. For its price tag, there really is nothing to complain about. Even at twice its current price, this would still qualify as a must-have in our list of gaming keyboards. Superior construction, impressive tactile feedback, and simplistic but ergonomic design are probably the reasons why we recommend this keyboard to one and all. Yes, it lacks macro keys, yes the lights are bright red but everything else about this keyboard is top notch. In some areas, it even outdoes thrice as expensive keyboards! Got some cash, got a gaming keyboard already, we suggest you still purchase a Redragon mechanical keyboard just to get a taste of what we got hooked onto.