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Royal Kludge RK96 Wireless Gaming Keyboard Review

Rating: 8.5.

Today we are checking out the Royal Kludge RK96, a 96% mechanical gaming keyboard that offers tri-mode connectivity, a hot-swappable PCB and much more. For around £65 it certainly sounds good on paper, but is there more to the story? We find out today.

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Timestamps:

00:00 Start
00:44 Unboxing
01:48 Design / Weight
02:18 Durability/ Flex / Underside
03:20 Back of keyboard
03:49 The keyboard layout
04:45 Connectivity
06:22 Battery Life / indicator
07:16 Keycaps and lighting
08:48 Switches and support
10:08 Two layers of foam
10:31 Sound test
11:34 Software
12:51 Closing Thoughts

Specifications:

  • RX Red, Blue and Brown switches are available
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, RF 2.4Ghz
  • Size: 96%
  • ABS Double Shot Keycaps
  • Metal top plate
  • Single colour backlight (blue)
  • 1000hz Polling rate (Wired and 2.4Ghz) – Bluetooth 125hz
  • All keys programmable
  • Hot-swappable PCB
  • 2 different foam layers to dampen sound
  • Windows 10 and 11 support
  • Weight: 946g (approx)
  • Includes: Magnetic wrist rest, USB wireless dongle, rubber USB C to type A Cable

The Royal Kludge RK96 retails for approximately £65 ($79.99) and is available on Royal Kludge's Website HERE.

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Pros:

  • Hot-swappable PCB.
  • Quiet linear red switches.
  • Available with both red, blue and brown switches.
  • Media keys.
  • 2 layers of foam to dampen the sound, it’s very quiet.
  • Bright vivid backlighting.
  • 3 different ways to connect; Bluetooth, 2.4GHz and wired.

Cons:

  • Only 1 LED backlight colour.
  • Duplicate keys for some reason.
  • The volume roller and mute button are very cheap feeling .
  • Mute button offers very little tactile feedback.
  • The wrist rest is just solid plastic so not overly comfortable.

KitGuru says: This is my first time trying a Royal Kludge keyboard and my first impressions weren't the best, but I soon changed my mind. This keyboard is comfortable, with great feeling stabilisers at an insanely affordable price point (although Royal Kludge seems to be slowly upping the price). I'm a big fan of tri-mode keyboards are you get the flexibility of two wireless modes, or wired if you'd prefer. For this price, the RK96 is hard to ignore. 

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Rating: 8.5.

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