While we would love to say that AZIO is the only one out there offering a keyboard this unique, there has been a press release that Nanoxia is also offering a board similar in concept to what AZIO brought forth. This in our minds does not steal any of the thunder away from AZIO, though. It makes things better in our minds, as we are not the only one who appreciates this trip down memory lane to days gone by, but if another company is offering a similar product, it has to be a hot design.
While this is technically a keyboard for the typists and writers out there, and even more specifically those that can recall using an authentic typewriter in their past, we recommend you do not dismiss the MK Retro for this intention. In our experience, it may not come with all of the latest and greatest features of "gaming" mechanical keyboards, but at the same time, it is more than capable of being done.
Two things stood out to us in the aspect of things we didn't find workable or did not care for. First of all, be very aware that this keyboard is a fingerprint magnet, and fresh out of the box, the static charge it has will attract every bit of dust to the chrome and shiny black plastic finishes. The second thing and one that is more detrimental to the keyboard is the lack of ability of the rear foot functionality. For some odd reason, we could not get the feet to collapse on our MK Retro. We had to remove them to open the keyboard, and without pressure on the internal spring in the back feet, they functioned smooth as silk and as intended.
However, both from the factory as well as after we reinstalled them, we could not get to either the midrange height or the lowest height. If we installed them closed, we could raise them, but again could not get them to lower. In all honesty, we did not need to adjust them from their fully extended height as it is most comfortable for us to use it like that, but we do bring forward any issues we find.
All in all, the MK Retro is a game changer. Of course, there are going to be a lot of the younger crowd that just doesn't get it, but they also tend to use membrane keyboards due to a lack of disposable income. For those of you who can recall using a typewriter, like all things retro, or are looking for an easy way out for a steampunk look, the MK Retro is right up your alley. Even with a few small things that can be annoying to some users, we feel that AZIO has taken us back 30 years in looks while delivering everything good about what it is the use a computer.
You do not have to go through all the hassles associated with traditional typing; it just looks like you do. While it may not be the most robust solution to mechanical keyboards on the market, the styling, nostalgia, and its ability to impress anyone who sees it is all worth the price it takes to acquire the MK Retro.
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The Bottom Line: AZIO's MK Retro is a head turner of a keyboard! It is affordable, looks stunning, takes us down memory lane, and is the first of its kind. Even though it lacks in gamer oriented features, this is a perfect gift for those typists in your life.
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