DOOM & Battlefield 1
When it comes to gaming, the Armato is first noticed for its lack of noise. Secondly, we appreciate the tactile nature of the switches, so when fingers are rested on keys not being used, they are not accidentally pressed. WE found at no time were keys not being recognized. This is due mainly to the anti-ghosting support, but we also found liking NKRO mode more, as when it came to typing we were surpassing the capability of 6-key, so we left it on NKROP all the time. The Macros come in handy for games that will use them, but not so much in these FPS titles.
We also liked that we can customize the lights to all the keys which are common to the most played game, and shut the rest of the keyboard down causing much less of a distraction. Speaking of distractions, we did find one that is hard to deal with. Due to the polished beveled edges, if the room is lit from behind the user, the exposed aluminum surface can blind you from the reflection of the light source, making you instinctively look away from the screen to see what the bright light is.
Windows and Productivity
When it comes to the day to day grind of browsing the internet or chatting away in whatever messenger is handy, the Armato shines even more. Since most of the shortcuts built into the F-keys are for productivity, the Armato makes it, so you spend less time with the mouse. This is also a great place to work the Macro magic, as they can be set to various multi-key commands for things in say Photoshop. Typing on the Armato is smooth and near silent outside of the key caps returning to the resting position with a click.
What we find is that everything in the layout is where it needs to be, and using the Armato had sped up our review writing, and allowed us near full control from this single device to play music in the background, adjust what is playing. Open the browser for research, one-click emailing, and the list goes on and on. For a gaming mechanical keyboard, the Armato excels on both sides of the fence.
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