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AZIO MGK 1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jul 25, 2015 9:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AZIO

Final Thoughts

 

No doubt that the MGK 1 is stylishly simple, yet is able to get quite a bit out of this driverless option in mechanical keyboards. The bright red sides of this keyboard go well with many case build themes and would feel right at home in a lot of offices. The sleek look of the bluish grey brushed metal top takes this from something only a gamer would use, to something your coworkers may envy on your desk as well. With the secondary features offered across the top, not only covering the multimedia keys, but also offers hot keys for the browser and such at take much less time than moving the mouse and clicking on icons. Offering swappable 6KRO and NKRO as well as anti-ghosting are also huge plusses to consider, and while lighter than most solutions, it is still sturdy and resistant to flex and vibrations.

 

 

There are just a couple of complaints we would like to address, though. First, there is the lighting issue. In our opinion, the lighting is more blue than white and may contribute to the brightness lacking. We do feel, however, that compared to most other offerings, these are a bit dim no matter how you shake the stick. The second thing we noticed is that these Kailh switches seemed a bit soft. Considering we frequently use them, and the last few keyboards before this all sported the same switches, we have a feel for what they should be. They are audible, and travel well, but for some reason we cannot explain, the activation pressure does not feel as heavy as the Poseidon Z forged before this, or any other for that matter.

 

While your initial impressions once we addressed the pricing may have left you with a bit of a chip on your shoulder, assuming they must have given up something to offer this sort of a deal. The reality is that under every rock and around every corner, mechanically and with the quality control, there is not one serious thing to complain about.

 

Even though we did air a grievance or two, we still feel that with an asking price of around $70 to your door, you truly do get your money's worth with the MGK 1. It is hard to deny the pricing, the stylish looks, and when you realize it is at least $25 cheaper than many competitors, you too will start to really appreciate the AZIO MGK 1 mechanical gaming keyboard like we do.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance92%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features91%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: AZIO's MGK 1 is sleek and sexy to look at, uses mechanical backlit switches, and it is driverless. Even so, there are plenty of features and a great price point to make most users very happy.

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