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Micro Center Stores: Redragon DIY Mechanical RGB Keyboards & Accessories, Starting at $39.99 - In Store Only

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Micro Center Stores [store locator [microcenter.com]] offer: Redragon DIY Mechanical Keyboard and Accessories. Offer valid in-store onlyKeyboards:Coil Cables: Bullet Switches:Keycaps: Switch Opener: $9.99 [microcenter.com]Mechanical Lubricant: $6.99 [microcenter.com] Build Your Own Mechanical Custom Keyboard with Redragon's Barebone Keyboards, keycaps, coil cables and switches. Easily maintain your BYO Keyboard with the switch opener and keyboard lubricant. All available at your local Micro Center.
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> bubble2 83 Posts
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12-02-2022 at 06:18 PM.
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As far as Red Dragon goes, I've owned 2 10-keyless models of theirs, and am typing on one now.
Both were Goodwill finds, and both have been surprisingly good, and extremely durable. I've washed my backlit unit in the dishwasher w/ normal auto dishwasher detergent 2 or 3 times, and the last time I just threw it in w/ the dishes all keycaps on 'for giggles'. (Note: I don't recommend abusing your keyboard w/ harsh detergents and sharing the wash w/ the dirty dishes)
I have been extremely surprised how decent this brand is, and how good of a value they are (looking @ new $ on Amazon)

If I still lived near a store, I'd be all over getting this DIY set.
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12-02-2022 at 06:52 PM.
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Quote from LabRat810 :
As far as Red Dragon goes, I've owned 2 10-keyless models of theirs, and am typing on one now.
Both were Goodwill finds, and both have been surprisingly good, and extremely durable. I've washed my backlit unit in the dishwasher w/ normal auto dishwasher detergent 2 or 3 times, and the last time I just threw it in w/ the dishes all keycaps on 'for giggles'. (Note: I don't recommend abusing your keyboard w/ harsh detergents and sharing the wash w/ the dirty dishes)
I have been extremely surprised how decent this brand is, and how good of a value they are (looking @ new $ on Amazon)

If I still lived near a store, I'd be all over getting this DIY set.
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12-02-2022 at 08:23 PM.
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They Can Ship it to you now
Hmmm? Title specifically says "in-store only"
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12-03-2022 at 02:16 AM.
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Quote from chobolord :
They Can Ship it to you now
Since when??

I just spent way too many hours piecing together a PC, and hated seeing all the awesome "in-store only" microcenter deals I couldn't use.
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12-03-2022 at 05:14 AM.
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They Can Ship it to you now
You just blew my mind and made my day with this comment. Hail Lord Chobo!
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12-03-2022 at 07:11 AM.
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Are the Bullet quiet linear switches decent?
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12-03-2022 at 02:49 PM.
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I'm looking to get into this rabbit hole. Any objections if I start here? I'm coming from a Logitech G710+.
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12-04-2022 at 10:42 AM.
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After using expensive Corsairs I took a gamble on a Redragon that was half the price, and since I've bought four Redragons for myself and family members. They're outstanding keyboards with very good build quality and typing feel for the price. I've been happy with both their red and brown switches.
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12-04-2022 at 11:23 AM.
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Have 2 VATA models, one blue clicky and a Pro brown model with optical browns, which I'm typing on now. Very good for the price. The blue Outemu switches feel kinda cheap, but still decent, not as good as the Gateron blues, which feel really nice. The Outemu optical browns are awesome though. They have this twangy sound that remind me of the old IBM PS/2 keyboards from my college days back in the late 90s.
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12-04-2022 at 04:27 PM.
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I've personally sworn off Red Dragon keyboards. Bought one for the office, was plugged in 24/7 and died after three months. Maybe it was being "on" all the time, maybe it was just a lemon. It also wasn't the best typing experience, so my $.02 spend your money on a different budget board.
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12-05-2022 at 12:25 PM.
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IDK i dont trust this brand, when I changed the switches one column of letters stop working. Also switch selection is limited.
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12-07-2022 at 11:05 PM.
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Quote from jollypirateking :
I'm looking to get into this rabbit hole. Any objections if I start here? I'm coming from a Logitech G710+.
I'd personally recommend many of the other budget brands if you want to get into the mechanical keyboard rabbit hole. The main thing is that the Redragon keyboards have Outemu hotswap sockets, which means they are only really compatible with either Outemu switches or Akko switches. While Akko switches are pretty great for the price, if you want to expand out from there, you'd have to get a new keyboard or swap out the hotswap sockets yourself.

For a similar price, you can get many other higher quality hotswap boards.
  • 60% - ilovbee i61
    • Absurd budget board, currently $36.99 on amazon.
  • 65% - ciy gas 67
    • an insane, gasket mounted budget board for the price. currently $46 pre-shipping cost on keebmonkey, and you can find it on aliexpress for a similar price range if you're willing to wait.
  • 75% - James Donkey A3 or Dierya T83
    • James Donkey is $62.00 on keebmonkey pre shipping, and the Dierya t83 is $70 on sale on amazon. I got it for like 50 on a random sale. It's actually just a feker ik75 pro rebranded, pretty much
I haven't looked at fullsized boards in a while, but most of the budget offerings i remember tend to not have detachable cables, which is a downside. If you're wondering, the ones i remember that had kailh sockets (compatible with most switches) are
  • evga z15 (46.99 rn. on sale, has been like $25 or somethiing when i got one) - has a volume wheel
  • ajazz AK35I ($54.99~ish on amazon) - has a volume wheel
  • Pulsar Gaming Gears - PK020 - $44.95 on amazon rn
  • GMMK barebones 100% is also on amazon for 54.99 rn.
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