AZIO Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard: Final Thoughts
Keeping in mind that this keyboard is marketed toward a typist with minimalist needs, the AZIO MK Retro hits the mark in a subtle and exacting style. Typing actually feels slightly more natural on the rounded keys, perhaps due to the fact that the pads on our finger tips are also round and fit nicely on top. Not that this board can’t handle the games, it’s responsiveness is slightly stiffer due to the choice of switches, lacking back lit keys and programmable macros; but those factors won’t affect the over all ratings.
AZIO MK Retro Conclusion
The AZIO MK Retro attained an excellent score concerning performance. The choice of the Blue “Clicky Tactical” switches coupled with the matte-like surface of the keys provides a smooth typing experience, with just the right amount of feedback pressure. Keeping the hardware driver-free with providing a full plug and play experience is also welcome.
The piano-black finish top accompanied with the soft-glowing tube-like LED’s seriously complete the type-writer look: An incredible fusion of modern technology and almost steampunk-like industrial art brought together. Construction wise it is very solid, especially the giant pillar-like feet on the bottom.
Concerning value, at the $99.99 (Amazon | Newegg) AZIO’s MK Retro is on the high end considering the streamlined features; however, keep in mind that high-end aesthetics often require a larger time sink in research and development.
+ Supreme tactile feedback with key-strokes not bottoming out.
+ Multimedia hotkey array and Windows lock-out key.
+ Completely driver-free with only one USB to connect.
+ Perfectly sculpted keys complete with smoothed edge finish.
– Needs an additional height adjustment-angle besides the default choices.
- Performance: 9.00
- Appearance: 9.50
- Construction: 9.00
- Functionality: 8.50
- Value: 8.25