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Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 29, 2021 at 11:19 am
Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB Picture
8.8
Gaming
4.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.1
Office
7.2
Programming
3.3
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (60%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB is a compact 60% budget gaming keyboard, providing you extra space on your desk to move your mouse. Our unit has Redragon Brown switches, which appear to be rebranded Outemu switches, and they feel light and responsive. Also, the board is hot-swappable, so you can easily swap out the switches if you prefer a different feel. Its latency is a bit too high for competitive gaming, but it's low enough for casual gaming and regular tasks. Unfortunately, while its chassis feels solid, the keys are very unstable and wobble a lot. Also, the board has a high profile but doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you might need to buy one separately to feel comfortable.

Our Verdict

8.8 Gaming

The Redragon K630 is excellent for gaming. The tactile Brown switches on our unit feel light and responsive thanks to the short pre-travel distance and low operating force. You can customize the RGB backlighting and set macros to any key using the dedicated software. Unfortunately, the keys wobble and rattle a lot. Also, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, but it has a high profile, meaning typing might strain your wrists. Its latency is a bit high, but it's responsive enough for casual gaming or everyday tasks.

Pros
  • Fairly low latency.
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
Cons
  • High profile with no wrist rest.
4.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Redragon K630 isn't designed for mobile devices or tablets since it's a wired board.

7.1 Office

The Redragon K630 is decent for office use. The tactile Brown switches on our unit are light and quiet, which is great if you're typing all day in an office space. Unfortunately, the keys feel very wobbly, and the board doesn't come with a wrist rest despite its high profile.

Pros
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Redragon Brown switches are quiet.
Cons
  • High profile with no wrist rest.
  • Wired-only.
7.2 Programming

The Redragon K630 is decent for programming. All its keys are macro-programmable, and it's compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux, though the software is only available on Windows. The tactile Brown switches on our unit feel light and provide nice feedback. Unfortunately, the keys feel very wobbly and unstable. Also, there's no wrist rest, so the board's high profile might feel uncomfortable after long periods.

Pros
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
Cons
  • High profile with no wrist rest.
  • No multi-device pairing.
3.3 Entertainment / HTPC

The Redragon K630 is bad for a home theater PC setup, but it isn't for this use. It's a wired-only keyboard, so it has to be plugged in directly to the PC or TV. Also, there are no media keys or a volume control wheel.

Pros
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No default media keys.
  • No built-in trackpad.
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 4.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.1 Office
  • 7.2 Programming
  • 3.3 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Dec 01, 2021: Specified that you can only hot-swap with other Outemu switches and no other brands.
  2. Updated Nov 29, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Nov 25, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 12.0" (30.6 cm)
Depth
4.0" (10.1 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.19 lbs (0.538 kg)
7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The Redragon K630 feels mostly well-built. Its plastic chassis feels sturdy and doesn't flex at all. The four rubber pads on the underside do an okay job of holding the board in place, and there are rubber ends on each inline foot as well. The keys are doubleshot ABS with a slightly grainy texture and are unfortunately prone to shine from finger oils. However, Redragon does sell PBT keycaps separately on their website. Also, the secondary functions are printed onto the keys, meaning they'll eventually rub off. What's more, the keys feel very unstable and wobble quite a lot, especially the larger keys.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest No

The Redragon K630 is a straight board with two incline settings. It's comfortable to type on, but it has a high profile that would benefit from a wrist rest; sadly, it doesn't come with one, but you can buy one separately from Redragon's website.

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Redragon K630 has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, so you can set certain keys to be a different color than the rest. You can cycle through many lighting effects and colors directly from the board. Unfortunately, it's bad at color mixing, so setting the lighting to white makes it look pinkish-purple. There's also a variant with pink backlighting only.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 5.0 ft (1.5 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The Redragon K630 comes with a rubber USB-C cable with a 90-degrees connector on the keyboard side. The connection is on the left side of the board instead of at the center-back like on most other wired boards.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
No
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The Redragon K630 doesn't have many extra features. All its keys are macro-programmable through the dedicated customization software, and it has a Windows key lock. It doesn't have any media keys out-of-box, but you can remap some keys to control your audio. Also, the board is hot-swappable, so you can swap out the switches any other Outemu switches if you prefer a different feel. Note that the arrow hotkeys are on the WASD keys, which may annoy some gamers since you'll need two hands to use them since the Fn key is on the right side of the board.

Design
In The Box

  • Redragon K630
  • USB-C cable
  • Replacement Redragon Brown switches
  • Keycap remover
  • Switch puller
  • Redragon sticker
  • User manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Redragon Brown
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
48 gf
Actuation Force
39 gf
Pre-Travel
1.8 mm
Total Travel
4.1 mm

Our Redragon K630 unit has Redragon Brown switches, which feel light to type on. Since they're tactile, they provide feedback when the keypress is registered. The board is hot-swappable, so you can easily swap out the switches for other Outemu switches if you prefer a different feel. Unfortunately, you can't install any other types of switches in the sockets.

Note: Redragon advertises these switches as both Redragon Brown switches and Outemu Brown switches. However, our switches have "Redragon" written on them, so we named our switches based on that.

7.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality is decent at best. The doubleshot ABS keycaps have a slight texture to them, which feels nice. The tactile Brown switches, which are Redragon's version of Outemu Brown switches, provide nice feedback. The board is hot-swappable, so you can swap out the stock switches for any other Outemu switches. However, you can't install any other switches from a different brand. Unfortunately, the wobble and rattle of the keys take away from the overall experience. The larger keys, especially the spacebar, feel the most unstable. Otherwise, the compact size is fairly comfortable to use once you get used to it, but the board's high profile would feel better if paired with a wrist rest.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Redragon Brown switches on our Redragon K630 unit are quiet. However, the switches are louder if you get clicky Blue switches.

6.9
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
16.3 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The Redragon K630's latency is a bit high for a gaming keyboard, but it isn't bad for its price range. It's responsive enough for everyday tasks and casual gaming.

Software and Operating System
8.8
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Redragon K630-RGB
Account Required
No
Profiles
3
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The dedicated software offers very basic customization. You can set up to three profiles, customize the RGB backlighting color and effects, set macros, and remap keys. You can also save your settings to the onboard memory.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

Since the software is only available on Windows, you can't make customizations on macOS or Linux. However, all keys work as intended.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Redragon K630 Dragonborn in black with Redragon Brown switches, but it's also available with linear Redragon Red or clicky Blue switches. The board is also available in white. There's also a variant with the same name that has pink backlighting instead of RGB. While not a variant, the Redragon Draconic K530 looks nearly identical to the K630, but it's wireless. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 is an excellent budget mechanical gaming keyboard. It's hot-swappable, meaning you can swap out the switches for a different feel. Also, all of its keys are macro-programmable, and you can even customize the RGB backlighting on a per-key basis. While its latency is a bit high, it's still fairly low compared to others in this price range. Unfortunately, it suffers from some build quality issues with its wobbly and unstable keys.

See our recommendations for the best cheap keyboards, the best budget mechanical keyboards, and the best gaming keyboards under $100.

Redragon K552 KUMARA RGB

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB and the Redragon K552 KUMARA RGB are both inexpensive, wired mechanical keyboards. The K630 is a compact 60% board, so it lacks the dedicated navigation and arrow keys that the K552 has. However, the K630 has lower latency, and it has dedicated software to set macros and customize the RGB backlighting. Also, it's hot-swappable. On the other hand, the K552 feels much better built since its keys don't wobble nearly as much.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB and the Razer Huntsman Mini are both compact 60% gaming keyboards, but the Razer performs better overall. The Razer feels sturdier, thanks to its aluminum top plate and PBT keycaps. It has media hotkeys out-of-box, a better typing experience, significantly lower latency, and you can set macros directly from the board itself. The Razer is available with proprietary clicky and linear optical switches, while the Redragon is available with linear, clicky, and tactile standard switches. Also, the Redragon is hot-swappable.

HyperX Alloy Origins 60

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB and the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 are both compact 60% mechanical boards, but the HyperX performs better overall. The HyperX keys are PBT and feel more stable, which gives it a much better typing quality. Also, it has much lower latency and media hotkeys by default. On the other hand, the Redragon is available with clicky, tactile, and linear switches, and the board is hot-swappable. Meanwhile, the HyperX is only available with linear switches.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both compact 60% gaming keyboards, but the Obinslab is better overall. You can use the Obinslab both wired and wirelessly, and you can pair it with up to four devices via Bluetooth. Also, it has much lower latency when used with its cable, and it feels much better built. The Obinslab is available with a wider variety of switch types. On the other hand, the Redragon is a wired-only board, but it's hot-swappable, so you can easily swap out the switches for a different feel whenever you want.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed are both compact mechanical gaming keyboards. The Redragon is wired-only, while the Razer has wireless connection options as well. You can use the Razer via its USB receiver or Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to three devices. Also, the Razer has significantly lower latency, you can configure more profiles, and it has dedicated navigation keys, while the Redragon has them as hotkeys. On the other hand, the Redragon is hot-swappable, but you can only swap out the switches with other Outemu switches.

Keychron K3

The Keychron K3 is a wireless mechanical board with low-profile switches, while the Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB is a wired-only model with standard-sized switches. The Keychron is a 75% board with a dedicated function row, home cluster keys, and arrow keys. You can pair it with up to three devices via Bluetooth. It's fully compatible with macOS and Windows, and it comes with extra keys that you can install to match the OS you're working on. On the other hand, the Redragon offers more customizations. It has native software that lets you remap the keys, customize the RGB backlighting, and configure up to three profiles. Also, the Redragon is hot-swappable, but you can only swap out the switches with other Outemu switches.

NPET K20

The Redragon Dragonborn K630 RGB is much better for gaming than the NPET K20, but they're different-sized keyboards. The Redragon is a 60% compact keyboard with more gaming features like full RGB backlighting and macro-programmable keys, while you can't set macros on the NPET. On the other hand, the NPET is a full-size keyboard, and it has better typing quality because the keys on the Redragon wobble. Each keyboard is available with tactile, clicky, and linear switches, but the Redragon is hot-swappable with Outemu switches.

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