Back a few months ago, we told you we'd found the best budget mechanical keyboard: the Redragon Kumara K552. That keyboard features Outemu Blue switches, double-injection keycaps, a very solid metal top plate, and a TKL design. Well, we've found a new challenger: the DIERYAxKEMOVE DK61.
To start us off, you should know that I am very partial to smaller keyboards. I am always looking for ways to save more space on my desk. This keyboard is terrifically small while still packing all the keys you need. It's called a "60%" keyboard. The most important keys it sacrifices are the arrow keys, function keys, and tilde (squiggly line) key. All of these are still on the keyboard, they're just on other keys and require the function key to be pressed. In my experience, the arrow keys at least are still quite accessible as you just hold down FN with your pinky while using your second, third, and fourth fingers to press down the arrows; however if you use the function keys (f1-f12) a lot this keyboard would not be for you. Nonetheless, I find myself seldom being bothered by the lack of keys Dierya decided to remove, and enjoy the extra desk space that's provided.
Now to the most important part of a keyboard: the typing experience. We of course would not recommend a keyboard unless the typing was excellent, and the DK61 is no different. Utilizing excellent Gateron optical brown switches (red, blue, and black switches also available), this keyboard feels great to type on and is not as abominably loud as the Outemu Blue switches in the Redragon Kumara. Don't get me wrong, the Kumara is still a superb keyboard, but late at night you become self-conscious about the egregiously loud Outemu Blue switches. The earth-shaking clunks that keyboard makes are satisfying in some cases but in others make typing on that keyboard inconsiderate to your housemates.
Since the switches are optical, they are quite durable and smooth. However, they also include a minute tactile bump which makes them natural to type on. In terms of the keycaps, they are of PBT plastic, better than the industry standard ABS plastic, and are also double-injection to ensure that almost all light gets through.
Speaking of light, this keyboard is full RGB and can be customized per-key through the free software. The RGB is not incredibly bright but quite sufficient, especially in darker environments, and has tons of prebuilt patterns as well. The customizability is helpful for different environments; for example at work you'd want this keyboard to be a solid white, while at home you'd prefer some RGB for gaming.
There are also some other nice features that I enjoy, such as the detachable USB-C cable. As most of you know, USB-C is the future of wired data transfer and I appreciate Dierya looking ahead a little here. Additionally, the detachable USB-C cable is great because you can choose the length for cable management and if the cable breaks, your whole keyboard is wrecked. For example, you could get this USB-C to USB-C cable or this USB-C to USB-A cable to increase cable management. They are coiled up so that they will only be as long as you need them to be. Another convenient feature is that this keyboard is rated IPX4 certified waterproof. Although I would not at all recommend consuming food or drink on top of/near your keyboard in any circumstances, this is also a nice backup plan.
There are three things I would knock Dierya for on this keyboard, and all of them are rather minor; the software, the lack of feet, and the lack of arrow keys. The software is quite cumbersome to use and is prone to error. It's too easy to click the wrong buttons. However, this is an extremely small issue, as it's generally only necessary to set your favorite mode once and then be done with it. The lack of feet is also not optimal. Most boards are rather flat to begin with but can be angled slightly with mouse feet. The DK61 is already around the angle most keyboards are with feet extended, and this will be annoying to those who don't use the feet on their keyboard. And lastly, although I am an advocate of smaller keyboards, I think that arrow keys were definitely achievable on this board. There are already many keyboards that take out the menu or right control key, replace it with the left arrow, and then put insert, delete, home, page up, etc. in a vertical layout on top. I would have preferred that layout, but then again this keyboard was aimed at saving almost as much space as possible.
Overall, I think this is a thoughtfully crafted, great quality, and well-priced keyboard. For Gateron optical brown switches, or just gateron switches at all, fully programmable RGB, great size, and excellent build quality, it's just hard to find contenders. I mean, PBT keycaps are $25 or more alone, 65 gateron brown optical switches are $25, and to put it all together with RGB, a detachable USB-C cable, and sturdy build quality? If you are looking for a mid-range mechanical keyboard, I think this is too good to pass up.
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