Review: Rock Candy wireless keyboard

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Rock Candy Wireless keyboard in ‘lalalime’ (Credit – PDP / Rock Candy)

I tried to warn them, but they sent me one anyway:  A Rock Candy wireless keyboard in translucent ‘LaLaLime’. It’s shiny. It’s green. It’s waterproof. In the right hands (and occasionally the wrong ones) it’s probably a decent board. My hands are not the right hands.

Candy for the fingers

Wrapped in translucent colors (green for the review board) and adorned with every flavor of round key shapes, the Rock Candy keyboard line is definitely more like cheap costume jewelry for your PC than a gaming keyboard.

My kids think it’s pretty cool looking, and I suspect it would be really popular with fans of the 80’s, fans of My Little Pony, and 10-year-old girls.

It’s no gaming keyboard. But to be fair, it’s not without merit either. See below.

Feature Highlights and specifications

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“Hulk like green keyboard, but keys make Hulk angry! Also, not Hulk-proof.” (Credit: Bryan Edge-Salois

Aside from its 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, the key feature of the Rock Candy keyboard is that it is nigh invulnerable to cat hair, Cheeto dust, and probably water-based supervillains. It is rated as IP67 according to the standards created by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission).

IP stands for Ingress Protection, a standard created by the IEC. The first number represents solid resistance (i.e. dust, dirt, etc.), and the second number represents water resistance.

A rating of 6 for solid protection means ‘protected from total dust ingress’, i.e. the Rock Candy keyboard is nigh impenetrable to cat hair, crumbs, and other common threats to the operation and cleanliness of a PC keyboard.

A rating a of 7 for water protection means the Rock Candy keyboard can be submerged up to 1 meter under water for up to 30 minutes—more than enough to survive a Red Bull spill or other desktop liquid catastrophe.  You could potentially run it through a dishwasher or take into the bathtub with you, if you were so inclined.

Aside from its IP67 rating and stylish looks, the Rock Candy keyboard is otherwise just an inexpensive 2.4 GHz wireless keyboard that is style over substance. Insert the small USB receiver into any available USB port, insert 2 AAA batteries into the keyboard, and you’re ready to begin hating it.

Or loving it—it really just depends on what you want to do with it.

Performance

Under the right circumstances the Rock Candy keyboard is a perfectly decent and inexpensive wireless keyboard. But let’s not mince words: Gaming is not one of those circumstances.

The Rock Candy keyboard is a mushy, membrane-based keyboard with virtually zero tactile feedback and oddly-shaped keys that come in nearly every flavor of round: Completely round, Oval-shaped round, and square with rounded edges. So basically, the Rock Candy board is just that: Candy for your PC.

It’s cute and inexpensive. Kids may like it. It might make a suitable wireless keyboard for a living room PC, or even an accessory for occasional laptop use. Or even bathtub use. But it’s not a keyboard for serious typists or gamers.

From the perspective of someone who uses mechanical/gaming keyboards exclusively, I almost immediately hated it. But again—I’m not the target audience. In the right environment, it’s not a bad product for its intended user base.

Overall: 7/10 (5/10*)

At a price tag of around $25 and given the right environment, the Rock Candy keyboard is a pretty decent value, hence I gave it 2 scores. The first score is for general use and assumes you aren’t expecting it to be a gaming keyboard.

But it’s definitely not a gaming keyboard (if that wasn’t obvious by now) so the 2nd (lower) score is relative to gaming keyboards or people looking specifically for a gaming keyboard.

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