Kailh Blue Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts
Concerning gaming and typical typing duties, the Azio MGK1 excelled in both areas. This is based solely upon comfort, a slight increase in typing speed, and a larger increase in accuracy. These primary and important facets are directly related to the angle of the wrist rest, the scalloped key shape, and the firm resistance of the keys (all the way through to the actuation points). The controversy is still out on whether or not pure gold (the Cherry MX variety) versus the Kailh’s use of other metals actually makes a real-world difference. In this reviewers experience there was about a half hour break-in period, for the keys seem to be squeaking slightly until depressed a half-dozen times each. After the break-in period all that was heard was the natural, light, “click” of the keys.
Azio MGK1 Conclusion
The Azio MGK1 attained a top score in performance expectations (mainly due in the choice of Kailh Blue switches). Coupled with the streamlined approach of providing a driverless experience with built in commonly used hotkeys, the MGK1 presents a classic and effective solution to mainstream typists and gamers alike.
The professionally finished gun-metal bezel seriously ups the ante in appearance, also providing a more aesthetic back-drop for the cool, low level white LED lighting. The heavier gauged metal, being wrapped from the main front of the board to just over the top, provides solid durability with zero flex. This is one tough keyboard that is going to be able to take abuse.
At this time the Azio MGK1 is priced online for $74.99 (Amazon | B&H | Newegg). For any mechanical keyboard this is a respectable price point; yet considering the high quality of this product, the price is amazing for what you actually get. If you are considering moving up to a streamlined mechanical keyboard that doesn’t break the bank, the Azio MGK1 comes with highest recommendations.
+ Excellent feedback with nearly zero key-stroke bottoming out.
+ Full multimedia hotkey access plus other common hotkeys.
+ Precisely manufactured volume wheel.
+ Completely driverless with only one USB plug to connect.
– 30 minute break in period to eliminate the initial “squeak” sound of keys.
- Performance: 9.00
- Appearance: 9.25
- Construction: 9.25
- Functionality: 9.25
- Value: 9.50