Hardware review: Redragon Vara mechanical gaming keyboard

Redragon has two models of this keyboard available: the Vara-RGB, which features fully customisable backlighting, and the standard Vara, which is backlit by red LEDs with adjustable intensity. The latter is the one we’re dealing with here.

Technical specifications

Dimensions: 435×123.5x37mm

Key lifespan: 50 million keystrokes

Switches: Oetemu Blue

Backlighting: red LED

Multimedia keys: F-key multimedia controls

Weight: 1.09kg

Accessories: keycap puller

Price and supplier information
Supplier: Matrix Warehouse
Website: www.matrixwarehouse.co.za
RRP: R949

In the box, you’ll find the all-black mechanical keyboard, along with a nifty key-puller. The Vara has been manufactured using a combination of aluminium and heavy-duty ABS. The resulting build quality is of a really high standard, and the chassis feels impressively sturdy. It helps that the board weighs in at 1kg, which adds to the robust feel. The Vara looks like it’s been built to withstand a lot of abuse. If you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard, this is one to consider for sure, especially at this price point – but know that there’s no wrist rest, if that’s your thing.

The Vara is packed with all the features you’d expect from a gaming keyboard, like multimedia keys and two backlighting modes with which to play around. The keycaps are removable by using the included key-puller tool. Removing the keys reveals the Oetemu Blue switches beneath (which are equivalent to Cherry MX Green switches), meaning keystrokes are generally louder than some of the other mechanical keyboards available. The keystrokes have a short actuation point, and this provides an excellent user experience – especially when typing away at Word documents, like this review.

The Redragon Vara is well-priced for a solidly built and feature-rich mechanical board. I just wish Redragon had included a wrist-rest to round out the overall package.

7The Redragon Vara is a built-to-last mechanical gaming keyboard with loads of features. At R949, the price is also highly attractive.