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Putting the LUXury in everyones price range.

The original Yama was released in 2015 in the United States. It was a major offering against the heavy hitters of the market. When the Yama released it was set at a considerably high price point. Luckily sales, and smart company decisions have brought this (and most great lesser known brands) down in to the realm of we lower-budget-fanatics.

Yama has some short falls, but for what it is, and for it's (current) price point, it offers us far more than one might expect.

In short, there is no GUI (graphical user interface) that goes along with the keyboard. All macro recordings, and light functionalities are controlled directly via the keyboard.

The lighting functions are limited and this list covers them all:

-Color Explosion

-Color Cycle

-Rainbow

-Neon Rainbow

-Confetti Ripple (On typing)

-Type Glow

You can have three lit assigned profiles that may be modified, and saved to the L1-L3 profile indicators via on-board storage.

Simply set what you like under "LR" and save to one of the three profile buttons (L1-L3).

Color selection is also limited to these seven colors when doing this.

-Red

-Blue

-Purple

-Green

-Yellow

-Cyan

-White (White)

While you can use simple functions to change directions of the lighting effects (Fn+ Left/Right arrow), and use the "Light" button to change between 5 brightness settings ('1' being off so really 4), you cannot change the speed of the lighting effects.

A major key feature for me is the USB pass-through. I do not feel that enough manufacturers include this little feature. While I cannot speak for everyone, I know that I want it on every "full 104+ key" keyboard I buy.

Under the caps are cross-stem Outemu Purple switches. These switches are incredibly similar to Cherry MX Brown switches. I have used other switches that are supposed to come close to Cherry MX Brown (such as Zorro Brown) yet they don't quite feel the same. I find I am super impressed with the Outemu Purples. (If you are not familiar with 'brown' styled switches, they offer a 'thump' on depression versus blue switches which offer the common 'click-clack' on depression)

Keycaps are double-shot injection and feature a typical 'gamer' font as seen on most Redragon keyboards.

Macro-able G keys are located at the top left. Perfect for gaming assignments, or if you are like me, editing shortcuts.

Maybe I am seeing something that isn't there but it feels that larger companies tend to borrow inspiration from lesser-known companies. The K70 LUX from Corsair seems to feature a lot of appearance similarities to this several year old Redragon keyboard.

Of course the K70 LUX is different for many reasons, and these keyboards are in different tiers when it comes to features altogether...I'm just saying... :)

I prefer the the better priced option that offers the features I want. I find the Yama to be supremely adequate in all of my personal requirement categories. I would easily recommend the Yama to someone as a great lower cost high quality mechanical keyboard.

You guys have a great day night, whatever it is!

-Matt

 

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