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AZIO MK Retro Typewriter Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 1:48 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AZIO

DOOM

 

While any keyboard can be a gaming keyboard if you need it to, that is not exactly the intent behind the MK Retro. However, when it came to playing a few maps of Doom here and there between reviews, we found no issue making the switch from writer to gamer. If you are not sure where your hand goes on a keyboard, without backlights, it may be tough to orient your hand in a dimly lit room, but with the Windows lockout key available, at least you won't exit the game by mistake fumbling around.

 

 

OVERWATCH

 

Playing round after round of OVERWATCH leaves us with much of the same feeling. We have no issues gaming with the MK Retro, and this is where the Windows lockout key comes in very handy as you blindly reach around for the various keys to command your characters abilities.

 

 

It is easy to tell when a movement has been made, as the report from the OARMY switches is similar to what you hear of a Cherry MX blue switch, and the feel is just about the same as well. While not intended to be gamed on, the MK Retro shows no weakness at this task, outside of features it may be lacking.

 

 

Windows and Productivity

 

With quite a bit of typing being dome on the MK Retro before this review, we feel that once the learning curve has been adjusted to, the MK Retro is as much of a pleasure to use as any other keyboard we have had on our desk. Of course, it is going to take some time to get used to the lack of square switches almost forcing your fingers into the proper locations, but the concave shape of these round keys has a similar effect, just a bit less noticeable.

 

While 6-key rollover is plenty for most to get by with, but with those that can type near the speed of light, the NKRO support and built in anti-ghosting the MK Retro comes with is greatly appreciated as well.

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