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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

AZIO MGK 1 Mechanical Keyboard




The left side of the MGK 1 is bright red and mostly plastic, and also has a crosshatch pattern applied that makes it a bit easier to grab and move. Along the top, we see the thickness of the metal top plate, and above that, we find the key caps angled to the back.





On the F1 through F6 keys, we see that they all offer dual functionality. While pressing the Function key, you can bring up the browser, check mail, use the calculator, or load the media player. The F5 key offers a rewind key, and the F6 is used for play/pause functions.




F7 is the fast forward key, while F8 is the stop button. F9 offers a Windows lock out, F10 decreases brightness and F11 increases it, while the F12 cycles through off, on, and a follow the key presses mode.




While we do get to see the entire left side of the key layout as well as noticing the futuristic looking font, we can also see just a bit of the red from underneath, and the bluish grey color of the brushed metal top plate.




At the top right corner of the MGK 1, we find that there are LEDs denoting the Numbers lock, the Caps lock, and the Windows lockout functions are active by illuminating when they are. We also find the mute button and rubberize volume wheel.




The number pad and commands are all as they should be, as well as with the arrow keys. Points to note are things like the additional arrow keys on the numbers, and the roll over support keys on the Insert and Delete keys at the top left.




Extending the feet puts a much better angle of attack on the key caps. We also see that on the right end, it is again red to match the left side, and offers the design embossed on it to help grip this side as well.




The bottom of the keyboard is mostly flat red plastic. With the manufacturer sticker in the center, rubber pads at the corners, and a groove at the front to snap in the palm rest, the only thing left to address is the flip out feet, which have no additional grip offered on them.




The USB cable is braided on the outside of a rubberized black cable. It is six feet from the keyboard to the gold plated USB 2.0 connection, and even offers a ferrite choke to eliminate any noise.




Removing a few of the key caps, we can see that this does indeed offer Kailh blue switches. We can also see the LED above each of the switches.




The caps we removed are first molded in white. After that they are taken and painted, leaving the legends and iconography exposed, allowing the LEDs to backlight each key.

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