As a starter, this keyboard is actually quite similar in some respects to the Redragon Varawhich is a popular choice for a low budget high-quality mechanical keyboard.
It does, however, come with a number of upgrades and improvements.
For the money, is it worth it?
Redragon Surya K563 Review – Out of the Box
The packaging is not too bad and comes in their standard Redragon style.
The content is well wrapped and there is very little chance of damage during the travel period.
In the contents of the package are the keyboard, the warranty, the user manual, the palm rest and the tool to remove the keys.
Redragon Surya –Design & Features
Out of the box, the keyboard does feel nice and sturdy. I didn’t personally like the color of it, which is a sort of brown silver, to me looks a bit dated, better to go with a straight slick, silver, but that really is subjective.
The keyboard comes with a wrist rest which is not exactly soft and is made of plastic.
It is a separate piece which kind of latches on underneath the keyboard though it doesn’t actually lock onto the keyboard in any way which I find to be a little bit annoying, especially moving the keyboard around, as you have to hold both the keyboard and rest separately.
It’s not too bad though I’m not sure how much it actually helps. In my case my hands don’t really rest there at all, but others may find it useful.
It does not have dedicatedmedia keys but within the keyboard functions, you areable to change various settings via the keyboard.
There are a couple of feet on the bottom of the keyboard to raise it a little as most keyboards tend to have.
The Surya also comes a with a windows lock key so you will have no problems with accidentally pressing that key and having issues when you are gaming.
The Redragon Surya K563 uses OUTEMU blue switches. Which are basically a replica of cherry blue switches.
The key pressing of this keyboards is nice and comfortable and the buttons flow nicely, they are not still and fit well with your fingers.
The space bar will completely press even if you press the edges of it, in fact, it is very crisp.
One of the great features and most commented on by many purchasers is the lighting options and effects that this (and other Redragon) mechanical keyboard offers.
It is very easy to see the letters with the backlighting and the lighting is actually very cool.
There are a number of presets and the default is an RGB wave that rolls from left to right but you can program any key to be any color you choose.
Unlike some of the other Redragon keyboards, the lighting of the letters fully comes through and they are fully lit, not partially which was an issue on some models.
The breathing effect of the logo in the top right corner is also able to be turned off and on directly from the keyboard.
The cable is a gold plated USB cable and is very long.
Unless you are playing halfway across your room I can’t see anyone having issues because the cable is too short.
Macros on the fly
One of the other really neat things about this keyboard is the fact you can make up macros on the fly.
The process is about as easy as you can get.
With a few button presses, you can have a macro setup nearly instantly.
For example, if you want a macro to have the keys 1 2 3 all you have to do is press G1:FN+G1→123→FN+G1 and you are all done.
With 5 onboard programmable macros, it offers a good level of customization without the need for any software.
The keyboard is 2.56 pounds so it is a pretty solid unit, it feels solid and in no way shape or form is it easily moved. You really have to TRY and move it, as it is not likely to move by mistake.
Because the keys are quite ‘clicky’ and tactile this keyboard is not quiet and if you are looking for something that is quiet, it is probably not for you.
That said, it has a nice sound to it – see our below video to give you an idea of sound.
We have compared the sound to the Redragon Vara.
Yup, all those buttons were completely conflict-free. It does pretty well in recognizing all the keys separately.
I think if you were to accidentally knock one or two keys together then you would have zero trouble at all.
The software for the Redragon K563 does not come with the packaging but instead needs to be downloaded from the Redragon website.
Some people had trouble finding the software and actually, I can see how it is difficult.
Redragon has a number of different websites but should you be looking for the software, you can find it here.
The good thing about this keyboard is that you don’t need the software to be able to use the most of the functions.
Obviously, you get a more complete experience with it, but for those that may have a mac you will still be able to (mostly) use this keyboard.
Overall I like this keyboard. The keys are crisp, the lighting is fantastic, you have the programmable macros on the fly, it’s a great keyboard, and I say that as I type this from it.
It’s certainly much better, in my opinion than the Redragon Karurain terms of finishing and quality.
I’m not overly convinced about the hand rest, I’m not one that uses it, and it’s not soft, so it is a bit defunct for me personally.
If you have any questions about this keyboard, feel free to ask and I’d be happy to give you my experience with it.