Redragon Rudra review: budget gaming keyboard is tall, dark and handsome

The Redragon Rudra is a budget keyboard with tall ambitions - and taller keys.

A black Redragon Rudra K565 keyboard on a desk
(Image: © Future/Erlingur Einarsson)

Our Verdict

Between its tall keys, sturdy mechanical switches and striking looks, the Redragon Rudra could fool you into thinking it's more expensive than its sub-£50 price point really is. As budget-level gaming keyboards go, it's up there with the best I've tested recently.

For

  • Tall mechanical switches are sturdy
  • 18 RGB backlighting modes
  • Compact form factor

Against

  • Compact form factor (for bigger hands)
  • No wrist support

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Coming from a relatively little-known gaming hardware maker, the Redragon Rudra belongs to a cluttered field of budget gaming keyboards where the average casual gamer won't know where to start if they want to find gems among the many, many contenders for their hard-earned money.

Thankfully for them, I can come right out and say it: the Rudra (also known as the Redragon K565 on some online shops) is way better than a sub-£50 keyboard has any right to be.

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The Verdict
4.25

out of 10

Redragon Rudra K565

Between its tall keys, sturdy mechanical switches and striking looks, the Redragon Rudra could fool you into thinking it's more expensive than its sub-£50 price point really is. As budget-level gaming keyboards go, it's up there with the best I've tested recently.

Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.