Rii RK100 Keyboard review: a great low-cost option
Building a Gaming PC is almost like building a house. You need to make sure that the layout of the house is just right, and when it is, you look to the furniture.
The keyboard and mouse are the centrepieces of the Gaming PC; they give you an idea into how the PC will be used without even looking at the components inside the case, or even at the icons on the Desktop.
But if you’re just starting out, the Rii RK100 is a great way of making an impression, and making an entrance into the Gaming PC world.
The most important aspect of a keyboard is how it clicks when you press on a key. With its 104 keys, it can safely be said that each key has a mechanical-click to them, and the travel of a key when pressed down is great.
Measuring at 43cm by 13.6cm, it’s a full-size keyboard that will compliment any desk, and will also be easily placed on a keyboard RGB mat if you have one.
It’s able to be plugged in by a normal USB 2.0 port, and there were no panics when it was installed for the first time; Windows recognised it and it was ready to go.
To note; with a USB-C adapter, it also worked on an iPad Pro fantastically, even the function colours.
You won’t be carrying this keyboard with you down a street, but the weight of 622 grams makes it light and reliable if you do need to take it out of your gaming room.
There’s no way of customising the switch keys here, you get what you’re given for the price, but for a starter-keyboard, you’re not expecting great customisation here; you’re wanting a keyboard that simply works.
Overall, playing through Leon’s scenario of Resident Evil 2 Remake was a treat using this keyboard. It felt comfortable, it was at a great angle while playing all the games, and no key felt like it was going to fail a press.
For an entry-level keyboard; it’s fine. It has three colour choices: Red, Blue, and Purple.
You can change this by pressing on the ‘lightbulb’ key, and it will cycle through the colours until you’re happy with one for the day.
There’s also another option which wasn’t explained in the instructions, where you can set it to cycle through the colours automatically, and it gives off a fade-in transition.
By holding FN + Lightbulb, this will be enabled.
It’s a nice touch, but when you’re using the keyboard to talk to someone and you can only look at the keyboard while you’re typing, it can be off-putting.
There’s no software here to customise the RGB, but it’s expected here; you get three colours, two settings and that’s it. Colourful enough, simple enough.
But still, it is a shame that they can’t at least be programmed any more differently, even in different transitions between colours, compared to the two settings mentioned above.
There’s no bones about it; this is a starter-keyboard as much as a starter-keyboard can be.
The price is just £23.99 on Amazon, making this a very nice low-cost way to get yourself started in keyboard-based gaming.
You can write the great novel or try to speedrun Half Life 2 with great ease here, and it will fit in (probably) all budgets when looking at a Gaming PC, or even as a backup keyboard.
A keyboard’s reliability depends on how well it responds to key-presses in many games, while also how it types when needing to use a chat or document application.
It can safely be said that the keyboard is of a high-standard, which is why the low price seems so strange here. But it’s a good-strange.
Spoiler-alert, but this review is being typed on this keyboard, and there’s no frustration of writing on it compared to the Apple MacBook keyboards. There were minimal errors and all the keys worked as expected.
In short, everything worked great. It worked well and there was no fear of anything failing.
Simple but effective RGB
RGB not customisable
Overall, if you’re starting out in the PC-world, you can’t go far wrong with this keyboard. It’s got great key-travel, alongside a lightweight overall feel, and three colours that are as basic as an RGB keyboard can be, but it works, and it looks great. For such a low price, you really can’t go far wrong with this.