Mechanical Keyboard 'S' Key Releasing When Rocked Back and Forth

I was playing a game where I had to hold down keys to match with the beat. For a few weeks, the 'S' key had been fine. I don't know what really happened, but there was this time when I held down the 'S' key, and there were times that it was releasing it. I figured out that when I rock the 'S' key back and forth, it would release it. I tried replacing the keys, but it seemed that the problem was the mechanism, not the 'key case'. I searched on how to fix it, but nothing helped. I tried blowing it and even tried to shake it very hard.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

Edit: If I don't use the "S" key that much for a day, it will not be a problem. But when I use it many times, the problem comes back again.
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People are going to want to know the keyboard in question. There’s a whole world of them in the category! With wildly different switches.
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Muirium wrote:People are going to want to know the keyboard in question. There’s a whole world of them in the category! With wildly different switches.

My keyboard is the Redragon Kumara K552-1. And I don't really know the kind of switch it is.
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Must be one of the few keyboards made entirely with MX Lock switches.

Edit: Take a closeup pic of the switch
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Wodan wrote:Must be one of the few keyboards made entirely with MX Lock switches.

Edit: Take a closeup pic of the switch

Here you go
https://imgur.com/a/M2YczEQ
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meowthful127 wrote:I tried replacing the keys, but it seemed that the problem was the mechanism, not the 'key case'.

Can you describe with more detail what you did here?

Did you order it from Amazon? Is it new enough that you could get it replaced under warranty?

Do the other keys like W, A, D have the same problem, or is it definitely only the S key?
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swampangel wrote:
meowthful127 wrote:I tried replacing the keys, but it seemed that the problem was the mechanism, not the 'key case'.

Can you describe with more detail what you did here?

Did you order it from Amazon? Is it new enough that you could get it replaced under warranty?

Do the other keys like W, A, D have the same problem, or is it definitely only the S key?

Yes, I bought it in Amazon as a bundle. I have a warranty but unfortunately, I think it was me who broke it, which is not covered by the warranty.

No, only the 'S' key is broken, nothing else.
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meowthful127 wrote:Yes, I bought it in Amazon as a bundle. I have a warranty but unfortunately, I think it was me who broke it, which is not covered by the warranty.

I would be inclined to contact amazon customer service anyway. Often if you just want a replacement of the same model, they don't ask too many questions. Up to you though!
meowthful127 wrote:No, only the 'S' key is broken, nothing else.

One straightforward fix would be to desolder and swap the switch under the S key with a different, less-used key (scroll lock is usually where I start).

Desoldering and re-soldering switches is not difficult, but if you need to purchase soldering equipment, then the up-front cost may be more than your keyboard.
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Looks like Outemu switches.

Perhaps one of its pins were just poorly soldered to the PCB. You see that sometimes with mechanical keyboards, especially cheaper ones, but the problem is more often chattering: multiple key presses when you pressed just once. If that is the case, it could be repaired by redoing the solder joint: holding the soldering iron's tip to the solder joint until it melts and reforms and perhaps addding a bit more solder.
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