Redragon K649 Elf Pro Review Transparent Keyboard

Friday, July 07, 2023

Prepare to embark on a journey where transparency meets performance, as we delve into the immersive world of the Redragon K649 Elf Pro, exploring the mesmerizing interplay of light and functionality!

The Redragon K649 Elf Pro mechanical keyboard has a layout of 75% with 82 keys and  a gasket-mounted construction with 8 strategically placed thermoplastic rubber pieces that create a firm and cushioned tactile typing experience. 

The K649 Elf Pro also incorporates noise dampening silicone pads and foam layers, resulting in reduced hollow sound and enhanced acoustics. The noise dampening silicone pads are sandwiched between the PCB, filling up the space between the keyboard's PCB and case, eliminating the classic hollow “pingy” sound you get with non-modded keyboards

The Redragon K649 Elf Pro boasts a full-transparent frame case, including transparent keycaps and transparent switches, which allows the RGB illumination to shine through beautifully, vibrantly and brightly, making any gaming setup come alive! You get tons of RGB effects to choose from, including dynamic and static single colors. Some multicolored dynamic RGB effects can also be turned into single static colors too, which is neat. To remap keys, access macros and customize RGBs, download the Redragon software.

The K649 Elf Pro integrates a dedicated function key zone that makes FN combo keys more easily accessible. Being a compact mechanical keyboard, the K649 Elf Pro doesn't have a standard bottom row, which is something to keep in mind when buying third party keycaps. 

The K649 Elf Pro has double riser feet for height adjustment, as well as a slot on the right side of the keyboard to store the included 2.4Ghz dongle. On the opposite side of the keyboard, you find the USB-C power port and toggle switch with tree settings: 2.4Ghz, Off and BT. The K649 Elf Pro has a battery life of 20 hrs with RGBs turned on and a charging time of 7 hours.

Versatility is one of the strong points of the Redragon K649 Elf Pro. It is equipped with hot-swappable sockets compatible with both 3-pin and 5-pin switches, making switch customization effortless. The stock switches are Redragon custom-made switches, which are similar to Outemu low profile red linear switches - similar typing force and travel distance. The tri-mode connection allow you to connect the K649 Elf Pro via USB-C wired, BT 3.0/5.0, and 2.4 GHz wireless connections. In bluetooth mode, you have the option to connect the keyboard to up to 3 bluetooth devices at the same time.

In terms of dimensions, the Redragon K649 Elf Pro weighs 957 grams and measures 33cm long x 13.5cm deep x 4cm high. The height is 4.5cm with short feet and 5cm high with the tallest feet. The bottom row is 3cm high. Overall, the Redragon K649 Elf Pro is a solid addition to the gaming keyboard market. The gasket-mounted construction, noise dampening capabilities, full-transparent design and hot-swappable sockets make this keyboard really stand out.

Potential deal breakers
  • Not available in different switches
  • N standard bottom row
  • Slow charging time (7 hrs)
  • No numpad
  • No quick charging
  • Dust magnet & marks easily with oily smudges 
  • 2.4ghz dongle storage isn't magnetic

Selling points
  • Gasket mounted
  • Strong feet risers with grippy rubber
  • Improved acoustics with noise dampening features
  • Versatile tri-mode connection options
  • Transparent switches
  • No rattling
  • Eye-catching transparent design 
  • Redragon software support
  • Customizable RGB lighting
  • Dynamic and Static RGB color options
  • Vibrant and vivid RGB effects
  • Onboard brightness/RGB control
  • Monochromatic transparent ABS keycaps
  • Easy switch customization
  • Hot-swappable sockets
  • Compact layout
  • Convenient function key zone
Accessories included with the K649 Elf Pro are a switch/keycap puller, 1.5 meter rubber USB-C cable with dual USB-A/USB-C connectors, eight spare transparent switches. This keyboard is available in translucent smoke plastic or clear translucent plastic but, it's not available in different switches, although you can use your own (3 pin or 5 pin), thanks to the hot swappable sockets. You can buy the K649 Elf Pro from Redragon Shop website and Redragon amazon store. Check out the review of the Garen K656 Pro keyboard. Check out the review of POLLUX K628 PRO SE transparent keyboard.

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