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Slim wireless mechanical keyboard with three ways to connect

Over the previous few years, wi-fi gaming keyboards have turn into extra standard. In addition, slimmer, quieter (relying on swap alternative) mechanical gaming keyboards have additionally been gaining floor.

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Our Redragon Horus K618 evaluate appears to be like at a slim wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard that gives 3 ways to attach: 2.4Ghz dongle, Bluetooth, and wired. Read on for our full evaluate!

Specifications

The Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard we reviewed has the next options and specs:

  • Bluetooth/2.4Ghz/Wired Tri-Mode Ultra-Thin Low Profile Gaming Keyboard
  • Low Profile Linear & Quiet Red Switches
  • 30% Cutted Ultra-Thin with Dedicated Media Control
  • Professional Software Support
  • Low 4mm profile keycaps
  • 5 macro keys
  • 104-keys with full rollover
  • RGB Backlit
  • 1900 mAh battery (30 hours)
  • 1.2mm actuation level
  • 12mm swap peak
  • Dimensions: 437 x 147 x 17mm (18.62 x 5.78 x 0.67″)
  • Weight: 725g (1.59 lbs)

What’s within the field

  • Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • 2.4GHz USB-A dongle
  • Keycap puller
  • Switch puller
  • Extra switches
  • USer Manual
  • Sticker
What's included with the Redragon Horus K618 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard
What’s included with the Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard.

Design

While the Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard is a full-sized keyboard, it’s slim each within the chassis and the low-profile keys and mechanical switches. The chassis is black aluminum on the highest face, high edge, and backside edge. The left and proper sides in addition to the again are plastic. On the left facet is a USB-C port for wired use, in addition to an on/off swap for wi-fi use. On the underside are two adjustable ft and two small pads close to the entrance for grip. There can also be a hollowed-out receptacle for the two.4GHz USB-A dongle. The dongle snaps in simply and feels safe when in place.

With your typical six-row full-size keyboard structure, full with a full-size quantity pad, there are additionally some further keys. Along the highest of the keyboard above the Fn key row are 5 rubber buttons labelled G1-G5, 5 comparable buttons labelled M1-M4 and MR in direction of the fitting, your regular numlock, capslock, and scroll lock LED indicators with an extra indicator marked M, and a textured steel quantity rocker. Above the quantity pad and under the quantity rocker are 4 extra buttons for media and LED brightness management.

Where the Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard shines, nevertheless, is the low-profile keys. The keycaps themselves are 4mm in peak, a full 7mm shorter than the standard 11mm keycaps discovered on most different keyboards. In addition, the low-profile purple switches have a 12mm swap peak versus the standard 18mm, and a 1.2mm actuation distance versus the everyday 2.0mm distance. They are additionally fairly quiet so far as mechanical switches go, making the keyboard acceptable to be used not just for gaming but additionally within the workplace.

As for branding, the Redragon emblem is centered above the primary alphanumeric keys and lights up relying on what RGB lighting scheme you’ve chosen. Speaking of RGB lighting, there are a complete of 20 totally different backlight results.

The Redragon Horus K618 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard with RGB LEDs on
The Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard with RGB LEDs on.

Overall, the Redragon Horuus K618 is properly designed, ultra-slim, and stable feeling.

Ease of Use

The Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard can be utilized in considered one of 3 ways: wired, via Bluetooth, or via the included 2.4GHz USB dongle. Wired mode is best, simply plug the USB-C finish of the included cable into the left facet of the keyboard and the USB-A finish right into a free port in your pc. If you’ve been utilizing it in wi-fi mode, nevertheless, you do should press and maintain Fn+5 (additionally marked USB) to get it to acknowledge wired mode.

To use the keyboard in 2.4GHz or Bluetooth mode, toggle the swap on the left fringe of the keyboard to on. If you wish to use the dongle, maintain Fn+4 (marked 2.4G) for a number of seconds till the M LED blinks inexperienced. Once it’s flashing, plug the USB receiver right into a free port in your pc and after a number of seconds, you ought to be good to go. For Bluetooth mode, maintain FN+1, 2, or 3 till the M LED flashes blue, cyan, or magenta, then search for the keyboard in your pc, pill, or smartphone.

You can toggle the backlight results by utilizing varied combos of Fn and different keys to regulate the mode, color, pace, brightness, and extra. In addition, you’ll be able to press the quantity/brightness button above the quantity pad and when it lights up, you should utilize the quantity rocker to regulate the brightness.

This keyboard helps macros as properly. Programming them isn’t tough, however is a little bit of a course of so that you’ll wish to maintain the consumer handbook useful. To achieve this, you might want to press an M1-M4 key. This units the profile group. Once it activates, press the MR button. Once it’s on, press a G1-G5 button till it lights up. Once lit, document your required keystrokes. When completed, press the MR button once more and your macro will likely be saved. To use the macro, ensure that the right M profile is chosen (lit up) then press the suitable G1 via G5 button.

Software

The non-obligatory software program might be downloaded from the Redragon web site. In my case, I did obtain a obtain warning that it might doubtlessly be malicious. I did obtain and scan it and it got here again clear, as I might count on. Once put in, the software program is fairly easy. Each time you open it, it should let you know if there’s a firmware replace and immediate you to replace if one is out there. In the app itself, you’ll be able to set three totally different profiles, together with lighting, export/import profiles, restore profiles, and program macros. One factor to notice: the app solely works whereas the keyboard is plugged in with the USB cable.

Screenshot of the Redragon K618-RGB Windows application
Screenshot of the Redragon K618-RGB Windows software.

Performance

During our testing time which included full use through the day for work functions and gaming within the evenings infrequently, the Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard performs fairly properly. I did discover a minor challenge in that each infrequently, I did discover a double character enter, as a rule with the “s” key. It wasn’t typically however was typically sufficient to note whereas working, however not a lot whereas gaming. It is feasible that this was a problem particular to our evaluate unit as I didn’t see any point out of it in buyer opinions once I appeared into it.

Aside from that, no matter being in wired or wi-fi mode, the keyboard was responsive and I didn’t discover any lag whereas gaming. As for typing accuracy, I used to be in a position to persistently hit between 105-110 wpm with the decrease profile keycaps.

Reception

Being a wi-fi keyboard, reception might be a problem relying on what you’re doing. In the case of the Redragon Horus K618, each Bluetooth and a couple of.4GHz connectivity appeared simply fantastic. I used to be in a position to make use of the keyboard with a PC or my Android gadget with no points wirelessly.

Battery Life

Redragon states you could stand up to 30 hours of battery life earlier than needing to plug in and cost it. During testing, I used to be in a position to get about 22 hours with LEDs on and about 28 hours when utilizing the two.4GHz dongle. Depending on what you’re utilizing it for, you need to get a number of days of working or fairly a number of 2-3 hour gaming periods earlier than needing to plug it in.

Price/Value

With an MSRP of US$79.99, the full-sized Redragon Horus K618 wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard presents nice worth for the worth. Other extra standard OEMs cost fairly a bit extra for comparable units. With 3 ways to attach, a number of Bluetooth profiles, no want for software program, and respectable efficiency, I can simply suggest this keyboard given the worth level.

Wrap-up

If you’re in search of an ultra-slim wi-fi mechanical gaming keyboard with low-profile keycaps and switches, respectable efficiency, and a number of connectivity choices, the Redragon Horus K618 is a reasonably sensible choice for the worth.

Last Updated on March 22, 2022.

Redragon Horus K618

USS$79.99

Redragon Horus K618 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard

Nailed it

  • Ultra-slim, stable feeling design and construct high quality
  • Low profile, comparatively silent keys
  • Fairly simple to make use of
  • Pretty respectable efficiency in wired and wi-fi modes
  • Can be used with out software program
  • Software is simple however easy
  • Can retailer as much as three totally different Bluetooth connections
  • Can retailer as much as 20 totally different macros
  • Includes further switches and keycap/swap pullers
  • Affordably priced

Needs work

  • Easier to program macros and management lighting with non-obligatory software program
  • Have to inform keyboard to make use of wired mode
  • VERY occasional double enter of a key

Redragon Horus K618 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard