RECCAZR R66 – Review


RECCAZR R66
RECCAZR R66

RECCAZR R66

| Mechanical Keyboard | 68% | Hot-Swappable | Wireless/Wired | Gasket-mounted | South-facing |


RECCAZR R66, the newest mechanical keyboard from RECCAZR.





This is the first time that we are reviewing a keyboard from the brand, and to be honest we are not sure what to expect besides what the specs lists as online there is not too much detailed information about this keyboard.

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A

ACCESSORIES & PACKAGING
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The RECCAZR R66 comes inside a well-protected packaging including inside:

• Keyboard cover
• Keycap/switch puller
• USB-C cable

Unfortunately, the RECCAZR R66 does not come with any extra switches nor keycaps.


D

DESIGN
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The RECCAZR R66 is a mechanical keyboard with 66 keys and a knob in a compact 68% layout.

As you might have already noticed, the RECCAZR R66 has an unique detail which is a wide LED strip light that goes across all the top section of the case – this can be customized through the PC software.

Despite this, you might have missed that the R66 has also 2 strip lights on the bottom left edge and right edge of the case, adding another further layer of decoration to the unit.



Right above the knob there are 3 small but bright LED indicators that inform that charging status, CAPS Lock and Win Lock.

Despite the rich-lights design, the overall aesthetics of the R66 are cleaner and less flashy than many other modern keyboards.

On the bottom, you will find 4 very rubberized feet but these are fixed feet with no extra angle-inclination positions.

The RECCAZR R66 is available in 4 different colors:

• RECCAZR R66 white (model being reviewed)
• RECCAZR R66 white side-printed
• RECCAZR R66 white black
• RECCAZR R66 pink


CB

CONSTRUCTION & BUILD
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The keyboard is not a hefty metal one but the plastic shell of the RECCAZR is inline with other premium keyboards that we have reviewed.

In spite of having a full plastic case, the keyboard does not feels flimsy as most mainstream keyboards from RAZER and Logitech.

Moreover, the R66 hides beneath some top-tier elements such as gasket-mounted design, polycarbonate plate and a hot-swappable board compatible with 3-pin and 5-pin switches and pre-lubed stabilizers.


KC

KEYCAPS
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RECCAZR has combined 3 keycap qualities that are never seen together: shine-through, PBT and pudding design.

This means that you are getting high-quality keycaps but with the usefulness of shine-through backlit keycaps and the embellishing pudding style that illuminates all the mid and lower body of each keycap.

The RECCAZR R66 is the perfect example that shine-through keycaps can coexist with the term “premium keycaps quality”

You should be aware that the only variant of the RECCAZR R66 that has this superb keycaps is the White version (not to be confused with the White Side-Printed)

In comparison with other knobs, the one of the RECCAZR is significantly smaller but it is still easy to reach and thanks to its smooth travel with a silent but tactile feedback per-notch, it is a true pleasure to use it.


SW

SWITCHES
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4.25/5

The RECCAZR R66 comes with 2 options of switches, both from RECCAZR themselves:

• RECCZAR Phantom Purple
• RECCZAR Jasmine

The variant of the RECCAZR R66 that we are reviewing includes the RECCAZR Jasmine switches which are linear switches from the brand.

These Jasmine switches presented a smooth but heavier force than popular linear switches and showed no scratchiness and zero pinging.


CON

CONNECTIVITY
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On the top left of the knob you can find a hidden compartment that holds the wireless dongle inside, this is a 2.4G wireless addon that allows the keyboard to use better performing wireless tech.

On top that, this RECCAZR keyboard has a built-in Bluetooth chip, thus you can also use wirelessly through a BT connection – even with smartphones and tablets.

Finally, the keyboard can also be used wired with the detachable USB-C connection found on the left back edge of the case.

To select the connection mode you can reach the 3-position switch placed next to the USB-C port.


P&E

PERFORMANCE & USE

TYPING
5/5

Also, the smart shine-through and pudding keycaps are a great design detail for users using the keyboard in dark rooms or at night with all room light turned off.

GAMING
4.25/5

The compact layout and form factor combined with the detachable wired and 2.4G wireless connectivity were welcomed specs for gaming.

In addition to these, the RECCAZR sports gaming specs such as:

• Hot-swappable
• RGB
• Knob
• High-quality switches and stabs

On the other hand, the brand does not details the specifics of polling rate, NKRO, etc. – but, we have tested it and the keyboard has showed to be NKRO.

PRODUCTIVITY
4/5

For productivity and office work a more compact keyboard might not be the wisest choice unless you have a dedicated numpad.

Also, the 68% of the R66 does not include the F number row but the inclusion of a knob, arrow keys and Pg up, Pg down and Del keys become handy and much more usable than a standard 60% keyboard.

Moreover, the tri-mode connectivity can make it a decent companion for portable use.

TABLET/MOBILE
4.5/5

Mobile users will be glad with the lighter weight and smaller size of the RECCAZR R66 plus the Bluetooth connectivity makes it fully usable with any smartphone and tablet.


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LIGHTING
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The combination of south-facing LEDs, shine-through and pudding keycaps and the use of white overall case and keycaps colors resulted in one of the best lighting effects that we have seen on all keyboards reviewed so far.

The RECCAZR R66 provides a wow-factor even stronger than fully transparent keyboards that we have reviewed from KiiBOOM, LEOBOG and also translucent ones from AKKO, Keydous, Skyloong.

You should know though that the strip light on the top of the keyboard which has a dynamic reaction to music does need the driver installed but this software from RECCAZR is not easy to find online (at least at the moment of the publication of our review)


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SOUND
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The RECCAZR R66 has a remarkably good sound with a mixed flavor of clacky and marbly qualities with a seasoning of higher-pitched quasi-thock.

Complementing the excellent sound profile, the stabs came pristinely lubed from factory offering no rattling at all.

To be honest, we were not expecting such a refined sound profile with this keyboard but we were happily surprised with the sound quality that is capable of providing.


 

B

BATTERY
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The keyboard comes equipped with a 4000mAh battery, which is a bit larger than many average keyboards and will be sufficient to back up the neat lights for a fairly long time before needing to be recharged.


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Specifications

RECCAZR R66 Technical Specifications

Model
RECCAZR R66
Number of keys
66 keys+1 knob
Structure
Gasket Structure
Connectivity
triple modes, Bluetooth/2.4Ghz/USB-C wired
Plate
PC plate
Software OS
Mac/Win
Battery capacity
4000mAH
LED
south-facing LED
Hot swappable
yes
Dimension
325*123*33mm
Weight
1.0kg
Inside the Box
• 1* Keyboard
• 1* Type-C Cable
• 1* Manual
• 1* Keycap Puller
1* 2.4G Dongle


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RECCAZR R66

8.8

SCORE

8.8/10