We absolutely love the styling of the Armato. There is no denying that the bright red accents, the red LED lighting, with all the black, and the aluminum which is brushed and polished. That out of the way, we still have much to admire about what the Armato delivers. Since there are no drivers to control this device, AZIO has to lay out the keyboard in a way to add value as well as easy access to many key features desired in this area. We feel they did a great job in delivering a multitude of possibilities with the use of the Function key in combination with others on the keyboard. Adjustable and customizable LED lighting, Macro keys, multimedia keys and a large sound knob, all to make life as easy as possible.
In many reviews, we use this section to discuss all things wrong with the product, but to be honest, we have to dig deep to come up with two. For those afraid of the dark, there is the possibility of the polished edges reflecting light sources back into your eyes, which is a distraction, and will likely cause you to stand still in the game and be killed.
The second thing is less of an issue, but we did want to have a peek inside, and the large red knob for the volume stopped us dead in our tracks. We can only assume that the MCU is some form of an ARM processor, and more than likely it is a 32-bit on at that. We also like to look at the solder points and what is left of the flux, as it is an indication of quality. However, we found that everything about the AZIO Armato worked flawlessly out of the box, and has been on our desk for weeks now, and we have found it to be a pleasure to use all this time.
We do feel that the price is a tad rich for what we are given though. While $117.99 is not that bad when it comes to a fully featured and customizable mechanical gaming keyboard, the Armato lacks in a few areas, and we would feel much better if this product were selling at sub $100 prices. At the same time, style does carry a product past pricing for many, as there are only a few products that you want right at first glance.
The Armato is one of these products, where the style draws you in, and the more you use the product, the deeper the attachment goes. Even with the pricing as it is, we still feel many will gravitate to the AZIO Armato Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and will pay whatever the asking price is at the time.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: The price is heavy, but the AZIO Armato is not only stunning to look at, it is a pleasure to use. The feature set is good for a device without software, and the longer the Armato is under your hands, the better it feels and the more productive you become.
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