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AZIO MK Retro Classic Typewriter Keyboard Preview (Page 5)

By: Chad Sebring from Jul 30, 2017 @ 18:42 CDT

Final Thoughts

Initially, when we were told of this product, we swear we saw images of six or seven versions, not just the three we mentioned here today. Since AZIO is offering these three currently, we can only imagine that once manufacturing kicks off in earnest, that more options will become available as time goes on. If you remember back to the specifications, there is mention of a marbled finish to the top of these keyboards too, which is present in none of the current trio of keyboards on offer. Either direction your preferences take you, you are going to find yourself the proud owner of a solid, slightly heavy, sleek and beautiful, old school keyboard which has been a pleasure to use. If for some reason, you cannot see the aesthetics as pleasing, may we advise you to get your eyes checked, as the combination we have with black chrome and black leather, it is just stunning.

The additional modes of LED lighting are a welcomed feature, and we also like that we can adjust the LED intensity in nine levels of brightness. The huge seller for us, with the LED lighting, is that the LEDs are inside of the switches, and eliminates the blinding ability of the earlier versions. The metal plate with the product name drives home the retro feel and combined with the round keycaps and the retro lock indicator LEDs, most certainly delivers the nostalgia. We appreciate the driverless nature of this keyboard, and we are also pleased that AZIO took the road of wireless options with a Bluetooth option as well. While we were unable to disassemble this keyboard to have a look at the finer details, we found nothing dysfunctional, nor could we see any input lag or missed actions. Whatever AZIO used on the inside of this keyboard, it is enough to do the job; and that is what is important here.

As far as cost is concerned, well you know us, and we are always about getting the best bang for the buck. If it were us, and we liked the MK Retro Classic as much as we do, it would be almost a reaction to jump on the Indiegogo campaign and get the wired version for $120, or better yet, for just $20 more, we would want to try out the Bluetooth model. If you are undecided, you are going to have to deal with a price hike for not jumping in early. With the MSRP set at $190 for the wired Classic, and $220 for the Bluetooth variant, it takes pricing to levels of a select few elite keyboard manufacturers. Typically, there are sales to be had upon initial release or somewhere down the line, as it sits, if we had to pay retail pricing, we may pass on this version and settle for one of the two original ideas. We do know that some will pay whatever it takes to obtain something as stylishly cool as the MK Retro Classis, either the Posh, Onyx, or Artisan, but to us, we would get on the wagon as soon as possible, and not miss out on the fantastic deal offered right this minute. We feel that even for a pre-production version hitting the lab for testing; if they got it so right now, we cannot see how they could go wrong with the version you will get.

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