Reviewed by Priyam Raj
So you want a new keyboard and it should be PERFECT right?
It should meet all your expectations you had since your childhood days like mechanical red switches, TKL, RGB (essential), should be minimal and what not.
Well this keyboard will satisfy almost all the things if not everything!
Talking about gaming keyboards these days, they all are bulky with a thick wire which doesn’t look good on your desk, sure gives excellent performance while gaming. But not this one, RK61 comes in a really compact form factor, is ultra-minimal, have mechanical switches, works WIRELESSLY too, RGB and many more things.
Lets talk about all those things in detail now.
After holding the keyboard in my hand, I can surely say that the build quality is really sturdy, and it gives you that premium feels in your hands. The keyboard is made up of the really good polymer, pressing the keys feels so good. Obviously because of its mechanical keys. The keyboard comes with blue, red, black, brown keys, though they are not cherry MX but feels really good. It comes in two colours – Black and White has 61 keys to be precise and looks astonishing.
Taking about cable, the quality is good, and the one really handy thing about it is you can detach it from the keyboard side too and whenever you feel like cleaning your desk (maybe sometimes), you don’t have to do a lot of work. It makes things a little more convenient.
Inside the box, the keyboard comes wrapped up in plastic, a key puller that does exactly what it sounds like- helps pull the keys, a manual and a USB C to USB A cable. Simple and sweet right?
Also, RK61 doesn’t use replaceable batteries, the battery comes built-in the keyboard and charges through USB-C, so maybe using it with the cable will allow you not to worry about batteries. And at the same time, it gives the flexibility of using it with anything that doesn’t have a USB-A slot, maybe your phone or MacBook.
There are many kind of keyboards available out there. So what makes 60% different from others?
Why should you consider 60% over others like TenKeyLess (TKL)?
While in TKL you only get rid of the number keys, in 60% you also have function keys implemented in number keys, arrows keys into other keys and also you loose all those home, page up kind of keys which I don’t thing you use anyways.
It sounds like you’re missing on some things, and yes you do but the results you get is something you’re not gonna regret.
Gaming with wireless keyboard? What a Knucklehead!
Using the keyboard wirelessly definitely provide a much cleaner look to your desk, the cable doesn’t mess up the whole look BUT does it help you in gaming? or is it even possible to game wirelessly?
Well, I’ve tried playing CSGO with these, and I have to tell you, Although theoretically it should take a bit more time and you should be frustrated. But I didn’t actually felt the difference, and neither will you unless you’re going to use it in ESL.
Which is a good thing and it is very possible to use RK61 wirelessly while gaming without any issues.
This is my favourite part, I can look at them whole day!
One thing I would like to mention is the RK logo on the side. Trust me, and you’re not gonna notice that, it is just there No harm!. Besides that, the keyboard is super clean, and it will give that minimal premium look to your desk. You desk look so spacious. You get much space to flick your mouse in fps games like a pro.
The pairing is also fairly simple. You can pair 3 devices at the same time using CTRL + Q, W, E.
One of the reasons of choosing White colour was that- RGB pops out really vibrantly as compared to black one.
Talking about the presets, you can control it using keyboard. Also you have an option to do that using the Software. The software is fairly simple and easy to use.
And overall the RGB looks soo good. You might wanna use the keyboard with cables cause RGB do takes a bit more battery but that’s all your choice.
When you first try RK61, you may find this keyboard a little bit confusing. Especially if you’ve never tried 60% keyboards before. The keys felt so much confusing at; first, the reason being function keys are implemented in number keys. Not just function keys, arrow keys are implemented in other keys. Backspace, Delete, all of them are compiled making it so small and compact.
This could be a problem if you’re in programming or you use those keys frequently. In that case maybe going with 60% keyboards won’t make sense and you should probably go with TKL.
The second thing is to wirelessly use this keyboard to buy a USB Bluetooth adapter unless your motherboard already contains it. There are many good adapters are available, you can check this one out here.
Another downside I felt in RK61 is I had to wait for a month to arrive on this keyboard. It’s probably because of covid. I bought this keyboard from Banggood. They might not be shipping it right now, again covid. But it was worth the wait, and when it arrived, I definitely was more than happy. So if you have the patience too, it won’t be an issue then.
These downsides are nothing when you actually move your eye towards its price. This keyboard costs just 50 $ (~4000 INR) which is unbelievable. The best buy links are here and here is the Amazon Global link