Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
AZIO has been known to make some slick keyboards in the past, and this is the fifth such keyboard we get to look at. This new keyboard reminds us a lot of the MGK 1, but this time dressed to the nines and put on some steroids. As AZIO puts it, this is a product which embodies simplicity, it is pure in its design, and is bold in appearance. Of course, there are many features packed into this peripheral, but keeping to the idea of being simple and pure, there are no drivers to muck up the experience.
AZIO has brought forth a keyboard which has bold red accents, and it topped with aluminum, which has been brushed and polished beveled edges, to offer the looker that everyone wants sitting on their desk. There are high-end details added like mesh inserts that go along with the paint color of the steel plate, and the red LED backlighting. Every switch but one is backed with a Cherry MX Brown switch, which offers a tactile feel to the press without all the noise of blue or green switches. From any angle, there is much to be had, and this keyboard is a pleasure to the eyes.
Today, we have you all here gathered to look at the AZIO Armato gaming mechanical keyboard. Not only does it boast what we just addressed in the paragraph before this one, but we are just touching the surface as to what all this keyboard is capable of. There is a full assortment of multimedia keys, an array of productivity boosting buttons set to the F-keys, and also a set of Macro buttons with an on-the-fly Macro record system. We haven even touched on the lighting yet either. While the only color of LEDs may be red, there are three modes to choose from, one of which is a custom mode, or they can be turned off as well. With everything the AZIO site shows this keyboard to be capable of, and from what we have gathered in using the Armato, we feel that this is one mechanical gaming keyboard you are going to want to get to know on a personal level.
In the chart provided by AZIO, we see an image of the keyboard on the left. To the left of the image it shows the Armato is 236.22mm from the front edge of the wrist rest to the back edge of the keyboard, and below the image, it states the Armato is 482.6mm wide. It also hints at the color scheme where the majority of the keyboard is black, with bold, bright red accents used. This image also drives home the fact that this keyboard is produced with a US QWERTY layout, the cable attaches to the right end of the keyboard, which leads the eye to the volume knob extending past the right side of the Armato.
Listed on the text side of the specifications, we see that the Armato also goes by the MGK-ARMATO-01 model number, and it interfaces to the PC via USB 2.0. All but one key is a Cherry MX Brown switch, and the steel plate matches the LED backlighting, as both are red. There is NKROP support, but there is also 6-key rollover support as well. The cable is six feet long, and the Armato can be used on any Windows OS since and including XP. The brushed aluminum and plastic keyboard are 6.5" deep, it is 19" wide, and it is 1.2" thick without the wrist rest. The rest will add 2.8" to the depth of the keyboard, and it is only ½" thick. With the keyboard and the rest, it weighs in at three pounds, and you also get a key puller in the box, all covered by a two-year warranty.
If the Armato has you interested, you will have to shell out a bit of money to get on of your own. There are a lot of features and abilities of this mechanical gaming keyboard, so as we see the $117.99 list price, we can see where AZIO0 is coming from with the price. At the same time, $120 goes a long way in the gaming keyboard market, and even though this keyboard is stunning to look at, it does lack driver customizations, and it lacks RGB LEDs which it seems everyone is after these days. AZIO sticks to their guns with the Armato mechanical gaming keyboard, and while it may lack in a few areas, it more than makes up for the losses with things many other companies are not doing at this level.
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