Title: Need a super keyboard and mouse for under $30? (2020 update)
Content: If you can spare two USB ports, this set is a fantastic bargain. Maybe there's more customization on more expensive gaming keyboards - this is my first step into the field. However, everything works great and I honestly have no complaints. It exceeded my expectations so far (A month or two of use so far). 2020 Update: I liked my first Redragon set enough to buy a second set for at work. The price is still right, and everything still looks and feels great. A few things have changed, though. The keyboard is now RGB backlit rather than plain unlit keys with red LED embellishments. There are FN controls to regulate the "breathing" (light-dark pulsing) of the keyboard, which is good because I found it distracting. The included instruction booklet lists these key combinations. FN+END pauses and unpauses breathing. FN+PGDN enables and disables the backlight entirely. FN+PGUP rotates through 3 still rainbow lighting arrangements. FN+HOME rotates through 7 monochromatic colors (white, blue, red, green, purple, yellow, and cyan). FN+INS smoothly transitions through the 7 colors over the course of a few seconds, though to my eyes the brightness was uneven. FN+UP and FN+DN scale through 4 levels of brightness, and FN+LEFT and FN+RIGHT scale through 4 speeds of animation. For my money, the backlight will be kept motionless on a monochrome light, but to each their own. All told, very happy with the keyboard. It also features two new sets of buttons above the F-row, which are oddly not backlit. The set to left of center includes links to My Computer, Search, Refresh, Email, Calculator, and Home Page. The keys to the right are media controls for Stop, Last Track, Play/Pause, and Next Track. These are all fine, but unnecessary since the F-row already has FN shortcuts to most of these things, and the topmost row, again, isn't backlit. And we have the mouse. It feels identical to the previous mouse, though it has 4 DPI settings rather than 3. There's a catch though, which is that the mouse backlight (red only) is set to "breathe" by default. To disable this, you'll need to download software from the Redragon support page. Although my mouse and keyboard both list their parts # as S101-3, the mouse is actually a M601-3 CENTROPHORUS. You'll need to download the drivers for this mouse in order to disable breathing. All the way left on the software's slider will disable the light fully, and all the way right will leave it permanently backlit (my preference). The other new thing with the mouse is that a LED flashes when you change DPI; it's flash speed correlating to how high the DPI is. It seems unnecessary but harmless. All told, my first impression is that the addition of pulsing lights just makes first time setup harder as you need to track down the software for the mouse and learn the keyboard controls. I want to take off a half point for the mouse not having a hardware option to disable the light, but all told I'll keep my rating at a 5 as the backlit keys are actually an improvement once you learn how to freeze them. ***** 2023 update - I deep cleaned the mouse some time ago and since it was beginning to wear off, I removed the painted black dragon silhouette from the mouse where the palm lies, revealing clear plastic underneath. Don't do that. The reason being, that my palm has slowly developed an irritation which has lasted weeks directly where that LED is closest when holding the mouse. I just now connected the dots and opened it again to insert some paper on top of it, but if my hand doesn't clear up within a week I'll remove the LED entirely and see if that helps. (Photo doesn't really do justice to the palm, but anyway trust me it's not great to keep LEDs millimeters from your skin without filtration of some kind.) I'll update if this does/doesn't resolve things.