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Excellent Keyboard. Windows 10 users take note.
on 9 October 2015
The Redragon Yama mechanical keyboard, I have had it all of one day, which might seem a bit soon to be posting a review, but there are reasons for that.
Firstly, there is only one other review, at least using the search function, of this keyboard. I would agree with its positive assessment, but it does not provide information people might find particularly useful.
That said, I am not particularly knowledgeable on the subject of mechanical keyboards, but certainly in my experience of having used various chiclet and dome keyboards, I can say this is far and away better than any of those types that I have used. The responsiveness is excellent. I had not realised how much, whether gaming or typing, a mechanical keyboard like this might help.
The current price of this keyboard, £60 when I bought it, £70 as I type this, is roughly equivalent to a good non mechanical keyboard, but represents infinitely better value.. In comparison to other mechanicals with similar features, I can't say as I have not used them. It is though roughly half the price of a similarly specced "brand" keyboard, and I honestly can't imagine them performing much better, at least not 100% better.
So as a well priced upgrade to a non-mechanical keyboard, or a first foray into mechanical keyboards, I can certainly recommend this one.
Now thirdly, and perhaps to some most importantly, this keyboard is not compatible with Windows 10 out of the box, at least at the current time.
The closest I have found to an official update on this was on an Italian retailers forum. Apparently the manufacturer is working on a fix which will be released, but god knows when. The manufacturers official website doesn't have much information at all.
However, I have found there is a fix, which requires only minor fiddling with Windows 10 settings.
If you go in to your settings menu, devices, and open up your device manager, it will create two device entries for this keyboard.
One under keyboards, and another under Universal Serial Bus Controllers. It is in the USB Controllers section you will have to make a change.
When Windows detects the keyboard it will create an entry titled "ND-tech USB adapter" or simply "Generic USB hub". Or just have that tab open as you plug the keyboard and go to whichever new entry is created. Bit sketchy on that part as I did this myself out of order.
Anyway, what you'll want to do is right click on the new entry, and select "update driver software.." Then choose to "manually update" the driver software, and then "let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer". Then a popup should appear, select from this list "USB composite device" and hit next to finish installation.
All going well, congratulations, you should now have a working keyboard :)