Redragon K596 review: A wireless gaming keyboard for penny-pinchers – PCWorld

At a glance

Expert’s Rating


  • Low price
  • Included wrist rest
  • Long battery life
  • Volume wheel


  • Ugly keycaps
  • Can only program G keys
  • No Bluetooth

Our Verdict

The K596 is a fantastic value for a fully wireless mechanical gaming keyboard, cramming in many of the features you’d expect from a much more expensive design. It lacks the refinement of more mainstream brands, but for the price tag it can’t be beaten.

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A true PC gamer needs to have a set of accessories that are at least as expensive as their actual computer. Right? Wrong! That’s a ridiculous assertion, but one that seems to have some grounding in reality if you look at the prices of mice and keyboards marketed to gamers these days. Call me crazy, but I don’t think a new keyboard needs to cost as much as a used car payment. 

Enter the dragon Redragon. This Chinese brand has been pumping out low-cost PC gaming accessories for years, and slowly but consistently improving its offerings. After growing weary of the price tags in keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and Corsair K70 RGB Pro Mini, I sought out this budget brand’s best wireless competition. That’s the “Vishnu” K596, a TKL board with 2.4GHz wireless that sells for just $75 on Amazon. 

The K596 isn’t amazing in any particular category, but at this price it doesn’t have to be. It’s a solid, reliable board that covers all the basics, and adds a few nice extras you wouldn’t expect at this price point, like programmability, per-key RGB, and a magnetic wrist rest. It never aspires to be more than its budget-friendly self, and that’s something I can respect. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best wireless keyboards. Go there for reviews of competing products and buying advice, including how we tested. 

Redragon K596: Features

Compared to something bombastic like the Keychron Q5 I recently reviewed, the K596 seems pretty basic. You get a tenkeyless layout, a favorite among gamers, with a few added extras. These include a trendy dedicated volume wheel (real metal, surprisingly), media keys, and 10 programmable macro keys—five mechanical on the side, in Corsair style, and five membrane keys above the main deck. 

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The K596 is unabashedly plastic from top to bottom, but that allows it to include some othe goodies. Inside the box you’ll get a magnetic wrist rest (always appreciated by my RSI-riddled mitts), a braided USB-C cable for charging and non-wireless operation, and a sleeve of alternative switches to try. Which is very strange, because this is not a hot-swap keyboard—I had to disassemble it and take a look at the soldering to make sure. You’ll get budget Outemu red switches and you’ll like them. 

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