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Nanoxia Ncore Retro Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard Review (Page 1)

Nanoxia Ncore Retro Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard Review

Nanoxia's Ncore Retro aluminum mechanical keyboard gets examined. If you like the retro look, as well as good features and value, take a look.

By Chad Sebring from Mar 14, 2017 @ 11:23 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Nanoxia

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


In our world, Nanoxia has been known for one thing mostly. They have been in the game of making cases for a long time now, and have done a great job with that angle of attack to the market. However, as time has passed, they have developed many chassis accessories, fans for whatever the need may be, cables, clips, LEDs, and have even started the CoolForce series where they are offering water cooling goodies. While we had never expected them to jump into the peripherals segment, to our surprise, this is why we have you here now.

Out of the gate, just by the title of this review, you may think to yourself, this is just another Azio MK Retro clone. You would only be half right in that assumption. Nanoxia is offering a vanilla Ncore Retro keyboard which pretty much is an exact copy of the Azio keyboard, but this is not why we are here. Nanoxia has also taken the idea of a retro keyboard to the next level and has offered us that version of the keyboard to have a look at, rather than rehashing over things we have already seen.

While most of the aesthetic appeal to the upgraded Nanoxia Ncore Retro Aluminum keyboard we have today is a lot like the previous sample we have tested, there are two significant changes to this offering. First and foremost, this mechanical keyboard is offered with a top aluminum panel, aluminum sides and even the bottom section of the frame is made from aluminum, giving more heft to the Ncore Retro Aluminum keyboard. Second, this keyboard sports LED lighting and even offers up modes of light to use with whatever you choose to do.

And this leads us to what may be the most important aspect of this design, whereas the Azio was a writers keyboard, the Ncore Retro Aluminum is made for gamers. There is more to cover with what Nanoxia is offering in this latest mechanical gaming keyboard, so stick it out. We feel that this is the next evolution, and the Ncore Retro Aluminum may very well have everything you missed in the MK Retro, and could be the keyboard you want on your desk for whatever your needs may be.


The specifications chart provided for the Ncore Retro Aluminum keyboard does not give us much, but we will sort it all out for you. In this instance, we have the US QWERTY layout and are shown the EAN and manufacturer numbers for this keyboard. Next, we find that the keyboard uses 5V to be powered, which makes sense since it is powered by a USB 2.0 port. Nanoxia mentions the 12MHz operating frequency and shows it to top out at 16MHz. The USB cable is 1.8 meters in length, and it is braided on the outside. This product is made for Windows and has support for all OSes going back to XP. Likely the most important part of this chart is found at the bottom, where we find the 1500 grams of weight, and that the Ncore Retro is 436.5mm wide, 133.5mm deep, and stands 41.9mm tall.

What they do not cover are some vital things worth mentioning. The Ncore Retro is a 104-key solution, backed with Kailh White switches. The keycaps are round, they have chrome rings on each key, and all of them are replicable. They also should have included the fact that this keyboard is white LED backlit, it has anti-ghosting, NKRO, and 1000Hz polling. There is also the principal factor of this keyboard, being made from aluminum, which is worth bringing up. Where many will use only an aluminum top panel, the Ncore Retro Aluminum keyboard uses it on the sides, the top, and the bottom. Plastic is kept to only small components in this design. Also, since this is a gamer-oriented offering, the LEDs are offered in modes as well, 15 in total, and the Ncore Retro offers multimedia support as well.

As we look to buy the Ncore Retro Aluminum gaming keyboard, we see that there is currently only two places to go. One of which is to go the expensive route and shop at Amazon, where the keyboard is listed at $119.99 right now. The more affordable way is to buy it directly from Nanoxia. At their store, they are selling it for just $109.99. Putting an order through, we see that there is a free shipping option, but if you are in a hurry, you can opt for UPS ground at $13.58 or 2 business day delivery for $33.68 for my location. Of course, shipping cost may change depending on location, but most will be able to wait for the free option, and why not buy directly from the manufacturer if you have the chance, especially when it is so much cheaper to do so.

On the face of it, the feature set is quite full, it is affordable, and if you like all things retro, the Nanoxia Ncore Retro Aluminum mechanical gaming keyboard could be the next keyboard sitting on your desk.

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